Kite Runner Book Review

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The main character of the Kite Runner is an Afghan boy named Amir and his family, including his servants, Hassan and Ali. At the start of the book, Amir and Hassan are about 12 years old and live in a new, wealthier part of Afghanistan because Amir’s father (Baba) is a big business man in Afghanistan, so he is wealthier. Amir is a Pashtun, which means he is a Sunni Muslim, while Hassan is a Hazara, which means he is a Shia Muslim. This means that the two would’ve been enemies most likely if they had not grown up together from the day they were born (not the same day, of course). Amir repeatedly says that Hassan is his brother because they were both nursed and breast fed by the same women, ...view middle of the document...

Baba was always fair and gave Hassan everything he gave Amir, but Amir sensed some favoritism in Hassan’s favor, that Baba had always liked Hassan better because Amir was a bit odd. By odd, I mean he stayed inside and read books, wrote stories and poetry all day versus how Afghan boys were supposed to be- they were supposed to be outside playing sports and sweating all day while their fathers worked and their servants cooked and cleaned the house for them. Amir decided that year, during the kite flying contest that he would win and finally make Baba proud. Amir describes the cuts that would appear on one’s hands when kite flying (they’re from the glass covered thread used with the kite) and how when they went back to school in the spring, before they had to go into school, everyone would compare kite flying scars and see who had the most and how bad they were, because the more there were, the more kites you flew and the better you were at kite flying. Right before the kite flying contest, Baba and his best friend besides Ali, Rahim Khan, were sitting on top of their roof to watch Amir and Hassan fly their kite in the contest. That year, it was the biggest kite contest ever in Kabul. Usually, the contests were held within each neighborhood, but this year, all of the closest neighborhoods went into Kabul to compete. Into Amir’s neighborhood, so there were hundreds of kite fliers in the way of him being first. It was then that Amir decided he had to win to make Baba proud of him and finally not like Hassan better than him. Amir got very nervous about it, not wanting to disappoint Baba even more than he already had, but Hassan convinced Amir to stay and fly his kite, promising him that he would win. Amir focused very hard on the kite competition, flying strong and steady, knocking other opponents out of the sky, sending runners (the people that run after the kites when they fall- one gets a certain amount of respect and honor when catching a fallen kite) all over the place in the city. Amir fights long and hard until only a few kites are left hanging in the sky. He cuts and slices and jabs, as does a mysterious blue kite off in the distance. Amir is too focused to pay much attention to it now, but soon, only Amir and the blue kite are left in the sky. All of the kite runners are tensed and ready to see which kite falls, which kite to run for. It is a long and arduous battle, locked in a stalemate, until the blue kite tries to get Amir’s from above. Amir pulls his kite around and slices the blue kite with his glass string, his hands gushing blood. The blue kite falls and Hassan hands the spool to Amir and goes to run the blue kite for him. As Amir reels his kite back in, he hears everyone around him chanting his name, including Baba. Rahim Khan smiles like a madman; like Amir is his son and he is proud to be his father. In a way,Rahim is a sort of a replacement father- he doesn’t think that Amir is odd and he likes Amir, supports him and gets him out...

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