“The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini was a deep book about the struggles between saving yourself, or someone else. It highlights the journey of a young Afghani boy named Amir, who strives to please his father. His best friend is his servant, Hassan, who faces racial and social discrimination everywhere he turns.

I enjoyed The Kite Runner because it hit hard on the problem many young children face: whether to help yourself, or save another. Through a series of poignant plot turns, Hosseini shows the extreme self-battle between what may be right and moral, and what merely helps in the short term. It delivers an important message: one selfish decision overshadows your life, whether you do good or not. This universal message is something that all people go through, and I enjoyed Hosseini’s interesting perspective on it.

Although the underlying message and conflict were wonderful, I would rate this book a 7-8 out of 10. To others, it might rank higher, but I didn’t like it as much as I could have because this book was deeply depressing. The author left us no room to breathe as each tragedy rolled by, chapter by chapter. The writing was excellent, but the sheer terror and deep pain that accompanied each page was, at times, too much.

Hosseini used frequent literary devices and many, many metaphors. It was sometimes a challenge to find his metaphors, but once found they enlightened the whole plot. I also especially liked how the author wrote the first half of the book in an extended flashback, so that once we got to the beginning scene again, we realized how everything ended up that way.

I would recommend this book to people who do not mind extreme violence, sadness, and heartbreak. This book delivered all of that with a bang. It is not for the people who love to read books where the character has extremely good luck. This book is not for the faint of heart, and I advise caution before delving into this book. If you love sad books, I would really recommend reading The Kite Runner.

~Neeta Rao

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