Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Book Review: The Kite Runner

I listened to the audio book “The Kite Runner” read by the author Mr. Khaled Hosseini. This book has a very strong story line to keep the reader’s attention occupied. I liked the story and following are some thoughts on the book:
1. Relation between Amir and Hassan – the loyalty and unconditional devotion which Hassan has for Amir speaks for the mindset that society can impose on an individual of lower rank that such an individual can never come out of. In spite of Amir’s cowardly manners Hassan never blames him and even accepts the false charges of being a thief just so that Amir is not caught red handed was quite touching.
2. The way Hazara community was treated in Afghanistan or the Shudras were treated in India or the Jews were treated by Nazis is a fact that humanity should never forget just so that it never repeats those mistakes in the future. It is works like this book that remind us of our abhorrent mistakes of the past and reinforces into us the realization that we should never let this repeat itself.
3. Reader gets a feel of the Afghan culture – what a pushtun clan can value, respect for elders in the society and the values like this that parents teach their children.
4. How the Afghan people were scared of the Taliban and some mentions of the atrocities that Taliban militia men conducted on  people.
5. Amir adopts Hassan’s son Sohrab and brings him to US and the problems that he faces with the consulate even though he was a US Citizen was also quite believable and something any foreign national living in US can relate to.
Overall the story was well told – its not very big book and I could complete listening to it within 4 days. Now I will like to see the movie and will update this post with how I found that later.

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