The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, is an extraordinary book that starts out in Kabul Afghanistan. A young boy named Amir and the son of his father’s servant Hassan, live In Kabul in Amir’s father’s property. The beginning of the book shows what life was like before the Russians invaded. Amir and Hassan grow up together and do just about everything together except Hassan is a Hazara and does not go to school. Amir and Hassan go through tough times together and finally separate.
The Russians invade and Amir and his father escape to America. Amir and his father create new lives in America while Amir goes to school. He gets married and becomes a writer and writes several books before his father dies. Many years later his father’s business partner from Kabul calls Amir to come back to Afghanistan before he himself dies. He tells Amir of what has happened in Afghanistan and how Hassan was killed. He asks Amir to go into Kabul and get Hassan’s son as a last request.
This is just a glimpse into the story of this outstanding book. It has a lot of emotions which truly shows what life was like for Afghanistan boys. Eventually the Russians leave and the Taliban take over. There are several twists and turns that are unexpected. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good book.