The Kite Runner

Author: Khaled Hosseini

Kite Runner

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Subjects: Historical Fiction, Drama

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is a story about two childhood friends from Afghanistan. It starts out in California in the present and then goes back in time to a town in Afghanistan where the author beautifully illustrates an unusual – but not unique – friendship between the son of a wealthy man and the son of his father’s servant. These two lead parallel lives in their own social and cultural standing but then come together whenever they can and enjoy the fruit of a loving friendship, especially while flying kites. The fathers approve and support this friendship. However, over time an incident happens that causes the two boys to drift apart until the present time when the true value of their friendship is tested.

Based in Afghanistan the story beautifully showcases the political and social unrest in the country while taking the readers through the lives of these two friends who come from such different backgrounds. Social, cultural, and political issues all come to play in this novel with the atrocities of the Taliban playing a pivotal role in the second half of the book.

The Kite Runner comes highly recommended as it is a captivating read that outlines friendship, love, betrayal, and redemption; it is culturally rich and at the same time gives the reader a portrait of Afghanistan and a glimpse into the lives and workings of the Taliban.