Flying higher than a kite

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Following a call from his homeland, Amir, an Afghanistan writer, who lives in California has to return to the region he and his father fled during the war in Afghanistan. Amir recounts the story of his childhood and friendship with Hassan, the son of his father’s servant before the country they grew up in was torn apart. Their passion for kite running attaches the two boys until the winter of 1976. From that memorable year, Amir has been struggling for redemption, and when he thought his life could not get worse it did.

This book made me cry so much I had to stop reading for a couple of days, so I could recover from my sadness. Let’s start with the writing style which is incredible. It feels like reading an open letter. Every word is carefully chosen and brings on a wave of emotion. The narrative carries the reader into the characters’ happiest as well as their devastating moments. One day I was floating on a warm sea of sublime words and the next, storms came crashing when I least expected them.

For you a thousand times.

The remarkable writing style skyrocketed the author to the number one slot of my top 10 favourite books so far this year. The story is heartbreaking in the sense that, even though it is fiction, it mirrors life and human nature. Part of the plot is set during the war and I could not be more horrified to “witness” humans at the lowest level of their existence. At times I felt like I was locked up in a dark room with all my hopes shattered. The protagonist is not portrayed as a hero. There are times when you resent and pity him while at others you end up rooting for him. The other characters are an imaginary extension of ourselves. The novel deals with family relationships and friendships in an environment marked by ethnic discrimination, political tensions and the end of the Afghan monarchy.

The Kite Runner is a black diamond. No wonder it was adapted as a motion picture. Afghanistan’s Ministry of Culture banned the film from distribution in cinemas or DVD stores because of its controversial portrayal of the Taliban. I strongly recommend this book to everyone, even those who do not like to read.

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