Spoiler Free Review
I had this book in my TBR for a few years now, and honestly, I never picked this up because I am the sort of a guy who doesn’t like to watch or read something when it is a rage and everyone is raving about it ( and this book was found everywhere the last few years) and also, the cover… Just looks so damn boring. But then, the other day I found the audio book version of it on Storytel, and I thought – “Just get done with it! And, I can add one more book and check off a book read by an Afghan on Afghanistan in my project to read one book from every country called Project Cross Borders.”
And yes, the hype, was worth it.
If I were to review this book in one line, I would Say: A book on friendship, family, betrayal, hypocrisy and an attempt at making things right.
The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.
A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.
I didn’t have any opinion or expectation from the book before I began to listen to it. But, by the time I finished it, I was blank for a while. It took me a while to process this bittersweet book.
The story gave an insight into the fall of a nation from the perspective of a rich cowardly man and his servant/friend. A story about castes in a country and their differences with the rise of the Taliban and sheer humanity, or rather the lack of it. Or under the layers, perhaps it is a story of hope and courage.
If you have no idea about the history of Afghanistan, this book would give you an insight of the political instability in the country. This book was written from the perspective of an outsider, even though the protagonist, Amir is from Afghanistan oblivious to everything that happened outside his house until the issues came knocking his door.
For you, a thousand times over.
I really was drawn to the culture shown in the book, the culture of morals, honour, rituals and traditions. All of these seem so close to home, so close to that of Indian culture. But, the story showed the fall of a rich culture due to hypocrisy of the Taliban and religious differences. The most troubling thing was that it wouldn’t be a surprise if the events of the story were true!
The experience of listening to the audiobook was exhilarating! Narrated by the author himself, was really a huge plus point for the book getting the authentic feel through the Afghani accent. I really loved the character growth through the entire story and really feel at home with the way the story had unfolded. I really marvel at the fact that people do change when everything that matters to them is at stake and give their best. It doesn’t matter if they succeed or fail, it’s the growth that really matters, at least to me.
What I really liked about the book: The entire experience of the book, the story, the dialogues were surreal including the narration! What I didn’t like about the book: Nothing much, really!
Keeping it sweet and simple, Just read it. Period.
Give this a second thought only if you are either under 13, or you are a parent trying to get your child (under 13) to read it. There’s a little bit of violence, so yeah.
Just enjoy reading/listening this book/audiobook!
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You can find all the books I’ve read from different countries in my Project Cross Border’s Page.
Until Next Time,
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