The Kite Runner Book Review
The Kite Runner is about the story of Amir, a Sunni Muslim that recalls a series of traumatic childhood events that he claims has defined him to be who he is. The story starts with Amir as an adult in present-day United States and then flashes back to Amir’s childhood in Afghanistan. Amir lived in a nice home Kabul, Afghanistan, with Baba, his father and their two servants, Ali and his son, Hassan. Amir’s mother died while giving birth to him and Hassan’s mother left him a few days after he was born. Amir’s father, Baba, has a close friend named Rahim Khan and he is also around often. Rahim Khan understands Amir better than Baba does and supports Amir’s ...view middle of the document...
Amir witnesses the rape but runs away and acts like he doesn’t know what happened when Hassan appears. Afterward, Hassan and Amir keep a distance from each other. Amir, who is distraught by guilt, decides that he or Hassan has to leave. Amir frames Hassan as a thief and Hassan surprisingly confesses when confronted by Baba. Baba forgives him but Hassan’s father Ali, still decided to move away.
Five years later, Baba and Amir are in the back of a truck trying to escape from Kabul, which was invaded by Russia and has become a war-zone. After a long journey, they make it to Pakistan. Two years later, Baba and Amir in Fremont, California. Baba works at a gas station while Amir goes to community college. At the flea market where Amir and Baba sell things, Baba sees an old friend, General Taheri. Amir meets General Taheri and his daughter, Soraya. Shortly after, Baba is diagnosed with cancer but is still capable of granting Amir one last favor: Baba asks for General Taheri’s permission for Amir to marry his daughter. He agrees and the two get married. Shortly after that, Baba dies. Amir and Soraya try unsuccessfully to have children while Amir works on his writing career.
Fifteen years after the wedding, Amir receives a call from Rahim Khan, who is dying and asks Amir to come to Pakistan. Rahim Khan tells Amir that “there is a way to be good again” and Amir goes. Rahim Khan tells Amir about the devastation in Kabul and the fates of Ali and Hassan. Ali was killed by a land mine. Rahim Khan convinced Hassan and his wife, Farzana to come back to Kabul and live at Baba’s house once again. Farzana and Hassan eventually had a boy named Sohrab. A few years later Rahim Khan went to Pakistan for medical treatment and received a call from a neighbor in Kabul. The Taliban went to Baba’s house and shot Hassan and Farzana and Sohrab was sent to an orphanage. Rahim Khan reveals that Hassan was actually the son of Baba and not Ali, therefore Amir’s half-brother. Finally, Rahim Khan tells Amir why he really called. He wants Amir to go to Kabul to rescue Hassan’s son, Sohrab, from an orphanage.
Amir goes to Taliban-controlled Kabul with a guide, Farid, and searches for Sohrab at the orphanage. Sohrab is not at the orphanage and the orphanage director says a Taliban official took Sohrab a month earlier. The director tells Amir that if he wants to find the official, he will be at the soccer stadium during the game the next day. Amir goes to the game, and at half-time, the official put a man and woman in holes in the ground and stones them to death. Farid is able to set up an appointment with the official at his home, by saying that he and Amir have personal business with him. At the house, Amir has a meeting with a man in sunglasses, who says the official is not available. The man says something that Amir recognizes, and suddenly realizes the man is Assef, his childhood nemesis. Sohrab is being kept at the home where he is made to wear women’s clothes and dance to...