Read This!: The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner
By Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner tells the story of Amir, a Pashtun boy from Kabul.  As a child he betrays his cherished friend Hassan as a result of his own insecurities and his fear of bully Assef.  Years after Amir and his father flee Afghanistan in order to escape the Soviet invasion, Amir learns a truth about Hassan that sends him back to the now Taliban-controlled Afghanistan to search for his former friend’s son.

Hosseini has written an incredible tale with The Kite Runner, one that was recommended to me by just about everyone I know.  I hesitate to say too much, because it might give away certain later plot points, but I will say the book relies on coincidence just a little too much for my liking.  I’ve found this problem a lot in so-called “serious” literature.  Genre fiction is usually more careful to leave coincidence at home, as it needs all the credibility it can muster.

Hosseini has an incredible writing style, though.  It’s vivid without seeming brazen.  In the early chapters, he really brings Kabul to life, and his descriptions of invasion-era Afghanistan really get the blood pumping.  I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of him.

Recommendation: Moderate to Strong.  You’ll need to suspend your disbelief a bit for this “Real World” tale, but it’s worth it.