Hello, my dear readers! How are you doing? Myself, I’m listening to Arabic music and enjoying my stay at home. I could list 99 things I miss about it when I’m away, but there are also certain advantages to living in a bigger city. ENORMOUS LIBRARIES! I borrow books from three of them in Kraków, and I can finally read whatever I want without going broke. That’s why I read quite a lot, and I am not ashamed to admit I would choose a book over a party any given day. Perhaps if it was a book party, I could reconsider my choices, but otherwise… sorry, I’m all about these books! In my bookish adventures, I explore lots of different worlds, and lately one of them got me fully focused and all emotional. Does “The Kite Runner” sound familiar to you? Let me show you, why it should!
More than your regular drama book
The book was written by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini and published in 2003. It tells a story of two boys – Amir and Hassan. At first glance, they only have about three things in common: they’re the similar age, they both live in Afghanistan’s capital city – Kabul and are best friends. Here is where similarities end, though. While Amir is a son of a wealthy Pashtun, Hassan is a son of a Hazara servant – Ali, who has been working for Amir’s father for ages and is his close friend. Inside their house social status doesn’t matter that much, but outside it – it surely does. Hazara people are thought to be inferior to Pashtuns, so Hassan is often bullied and humiliated. He also can’t go to school like Amir, as he is destined to be servant his entire life. Despite that boys are best friends, until one day something changes, as one moment of shameful silence affects their entire lives. The story itself helps us to follow the events happening in Afghanistan. It starts with the peaceful days before 1978, describes the fall of Afghanistan’s monarchy and goes through the Soviet military intervention as well as the rise of the Taliban regime. It is more than a regular drama book – it is a universal journey through the range of human emotions, and diversity of the country like Afghanistan.
Black or white? Grey.
There are books full of characters, which are either amazing or awful. Good cops or bad cops, or no cops. It is definitely not the case with this book. The amount of shades of gray used there is astonishing. Especially when it comes to the main character – Amir. Shameful actions, unnecessary violence, hatred, and chaos of the world – it is all portrayed in the book, alongside with what’s beautiful and pure about life, such as kite running, which is one of the most important symbols used in a book. It is much more than a simple game, and so is the statement of one of the characters – “There is a way to be good again…” . There always is a way.
For you, a thousand times over
I don’t want to spill too much because the unknown and undiscovered seems to taste sweeter, but I’d definitely recommend you to give this book a try. It’s a bitter-sweet, stress on “bitter”, story of friendship, loyalty, and importance of every decision we make, even if it’s a decision not to do anything at all. The language used in a book isn’t too complicated, what makes it easy to read it. Still, the story is gripping and full of interesting details, which make us know a bit more about Afghanistan. If you still haven’t read it, don’t hesitate to give it your attention. You will most likely not end up disappointed. At least, I didn’t.
“It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime…” – Khaled Hosseini
That would be all for today. My list of books-to-read still keep growing, so I will definitely post a new review soon, simply because books rock! I would love you to recommend me some of your favorite books – I’m open to exploring all shades of the world!
What’s your favorite book? Have you read “The Kite runner”? Have you ever read a book about Afghanistan? Let me know!
Have a lovely day,