Khaled Hosseini’s upcoming book, And The Mountains Echoed, is due to be released on May 21st. I can’t wait until it is released.
I read his first novel, The Kite Runner, and had bought it the day it came out. I also read A Thousand Splendid Suns, and reviewed it on my blog. Below is a brief review of The Kite Runner.
You will fly to new heights of emotion while reading Khaled Hosseini’s novel, The Kite Runner, about one man’s journey to find himself, to redeem and transform himself, to forgive himself, and to forgive his familial past, forgive his own betrayals and failings, in order to go forward with his future.
Amir returns to his homeland after the ravages of war, after the Taliban has gained control, after the country has struggled to survive over adversity. The memories of his childhood choices that have haunted him, and that have imprisoned him within his Self, come to surface in overwhelming ways, as he remembers his friendship with Hassan, their boyhood adventures, and his betrayal to the Hassan, who would in the end, allow him (Amir) to forgive himself and redeem himself. We are given intimate perspectives of life and emotions, thoughts and feelings.
As Amir walks the paths of his past, remorse and guilt flood his very being. He is overwhelmed by the past meeting him in the present.
The Kite Runner is also an excellent character study on family, friendship and relationships intertwining within the familial structure. An overbearing father, a motherless son, a friend who is basically his unequal, in societal eyes, all come together in a blend of excellence through Hosseini’s gifted writing skills.
Khaled Hosseini gives us glimpses into the Middle East and the cultural mores and expectancies, that we might not have imagined could exist. Applause, applause, for this insightful and intimate view of childhood, adulthood, and the lives we weave for ourselves. I highly recommend The Kite Runner!