Insider Book Club: Book Review: The Kite Runner by Khaleed Hosseini

“For you, a thousand times over.” Hassan the harelipped kite runner

The reader will come across this heart gripping statement a few times in this novel.

Kite running is one activity that is very common in Afghanistan, especially in Kabul. This childlike activity, over the years has attracted even the attention of tourists and adults alike.

It has become an actual event, with the winner being declared as the best in the entire district.

Khaleed Hosseini, award winning author carries his readers into Kabul, a city in Afghanistan. He takes his readers into the house of Baba and Amir, Ali and his son Hassan.

The author creates a vivid image of the events in the novel, down to its immediate surrounding with his brilliant use of words;

“The curved wall led into the dining room, at the center of which was a mahogany table that could easily sit thirty guests—and, given my father’s taste for extravagant parties, it did just that almost every week. On the other end of the dining room was a tall marble fireplace, always lit by the orange glow of a fire in the wintertime.”

Thus, helping the reader easily picture even the darkest of corners.

“I thought of the life I had lived until the winter of 1975 came along and changed everything. And made me what I am today.”

This quote is culled from chapter one of this very unusual novel, giving the reader an insight into the life of the very grown up Amir.



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  • Bello Olabisi Victoria

    Bello Olabisi, known to most individuals as Dorian is a literature student. She's a dark poet with a weird sense of humor, a spoken word artist, a nature photographer, a freelance writer, an active volunteer and a lover of stuffed toys.

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