This year in English class we had to read lots and lots of books. We read our fair share of terrible books that are deemed classics just because of how old they are; however, we got the chance to read a book that truly made me think, reflect, cry and ponder all of life. This year I had the opportunity to read something that left with with a far better feeling than just hatred. I had the chance to read The Kite Runner. And no spoilers will be given, so you basically have to read it.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
This book jumps from the past and present of the narrator Amir and the one choice that he made as a kid that has shaped his entire life. His childhood happened in the streets of Kabul with his best friend Hassan, but social classes and ignorance are also in the streets with the boys. Amir and Hassan compete in kite fighting, with Amir as the cutter and Hassan was the runner. It is during one of the contests in which Amir is faced with a choice; the decision to be brave and strong like Hassan, or flee. Amir makes a choice that haunts him, even into his adulthood.
After growing up, the decision that Amir made that one day in the streets of Kabul comes full circle and he is yet again faced with his cowardice. He now must make mends for all the wrong doing of his past and learn to forgive himself, as so many other people have.
I promised that I wouldn't spoil anything, so here's a really short but very notable moment in the book. Kite fighting is a high element in the book and many kite fights occur, all with a different meaning, setting, etc and they can all symbolize different things. After reading the book, I fell down a rabbit hole about what kite running/flying/fighting means and you guys need to read the book and look into what this activity truly means, you won't be let down.
I really don't want to spoil and there isn't much more I can talk about without spoiling, but you seriously need to read this book. Even just writing about this book gets me so excited because I think this book is just so beautiful and everyone just needs to read it. A different part of the book congregates with different people, and I think it's just something everyone needs to experience for themselves to truly and completely appreciate the book.
I can't remember the last time I got this excited about a book.
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