Reading The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini has been a moving, enlightening and powerful experience. The story is about friendship, family, caste differences, honour and reputation as well as the truth--and how difficult it is to be courageous in a scary situation and how much easier to be the coward and walk away; how it is easier to go with the flow rather than to stand against the majority and do what you really feel is right.
The main thread that weaves the story together is the friendship between Amir, a rich Pashtun and his servant's son, Hassan, a harelipped boy of the Hazara community, a low caste in Afghan society. The tale is set in Afghanistan mainly, although we also see America and Pakistan. The Afghanistan before the Russians destroyed the place, as well as after the dreaded Taliban takes over. If history were taught through stories like this, I'm sure it would have been a favourite subject in school.
The narration moves smoothly, without any hurdles, even though Hosseini sprinkles Afghan words throughout. The novel touched me on many levels, which is what, according to me, makes a great book. The plot does get dramatic at points, and some of the twists in it are guessable, but overall it's a convincing, beautifully told story that, I'm sure, will linger in my mind for a long, long time.
Tashakor, Mr Hosseini, for a wonderful book that I am glad to add to my book collection.