The Kite Runner

Yesterday I finally got a chance to read Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner. This book has been on my wish list for a long time. And then my team at work presented it to me. I was glad, ecstatic. Books are no less than a passion for me, they give me fuel to live on.

My date with The Kite Runner was being delayed with my inability to take out energy and time, while coping with challenges associated with new job. But once I started, it was hard to stop. I started reading it at night when clock struck 12. Once I had read the first few chapters, it was hard to put the book down. But sleep I did, it was impossible to ignore my granny’s angry rebukes to sleep.

Sleep was difficult to come by, I had read about 6 chapters in half an hour. It had summed up most of the first part of the story. I deeply felt Amir’s torment and imagined Hassan’s anguish. The book had done something to my insides. When the lights were switched off in my room, I tried to reach out to my best friend; I was deeply moved. But it was not to be as my friend was sleeping. After all it was about 1 a.m. in night.

I slept for 8 hours, only to wake up and resume reading The Kite Runner without brushing my teeth, without moving out of bed. It took my granny’s exasperated reprimands to finally get me moving to bath and have breakfast. I was eager to know what happened next in the book. I was curious if Amir and Hassan met again. Were things between them were as glorious as before? How does redemption come for Amir? Is Hassan doomed for life?

I finished the book in afternoon. It was such a gripping and captivating tale that I could not bring myself to interrupt my reading to even speak to my aunt who was visiting me. So much that she asked me if she was disturbing me. I could not dare to be honest; instead I tried to sum up the tale for her. (I had then reached the third part of the story where Amir, the narrator meets his arch nemesis, Assef.) As if that would explain my impoliteness!

In the backdrop of Amir’s story, history of Afghanistan is stated. The first part describes the glorious Afghanistani era of Buzkashi, soccer, and kite-running competitions, dotted with caste differences and ironies. The second part describes war-ridden Afghanistan when attacked by Russia. The third part is about Taliban take-over, it is most gruesome and sad part of the story. Yet it ends on a note of optimism. I hope that the story does not die here.

This book is story of both cruelty and love, and sin and redemption. It does not preach, yet has a message. It is not a historical chronicle, yet educates. It is not an outright tragedy, yet your heart bleeds for the characters in the story. It is not a comedy, yet it gives you a smile and a hope.

If you have not read the book yet, visit here to read the summary of first seven chapters of this wonderful book. I am sure after you read more, you would want to know more about the author, Khaled Hosseini. You wonder, how much of his first book was auto-biographical. You might want to read his interview here and listen to his radio interview at this Web page.

And me, I am going to call my aunt to apologize to tell her why I could not be attentive to her yesterday.

P.S: Admist my internal turmoil after reading the book, I tuned in to Idian Idol 3 results only to watch my favorite contestant, Ankita, voted out. It was a day certainly high on my emotions.

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18 Responses to “The Kite Runner”


  1. 1 ish September 2, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    The Kite Runner is a beautiful book. It’s one of my favorites too. It is very nice because it makes you feel each and everything the author writes and the character feels. Not all books do that.

  2. 2 Ashish C. September 3, 2007 at 7:31 am

    I’ve been wanting to read that one for ages, after ish had it on his blog on the sidebar [the cover]. Now thanks to your summary of it, I’ve made up my mind to read it. 🙂

    Cutline looks cool with the blog title. I prefer its cousin Pressrow…. oh well I can’t go a day without advertising the theme on the whole blogosphere! 🙂

    Your blog doesn’t support commenting for folks who aren’t logged in… what if some chick’s liked my comment and clicks the link to find herself on my old blog? 😛 Oh well, I don;t have a chance anyway with the “poultry minister” commenting above me! 😀

    Blog on! [A totally over used and perverted in everyway statement!] 🙂

  3. 3 Poonam Sharma September 3, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    Ashish,

    I am almost a regular visitor to ishmeet’s blog, but somehow I missed noticing kitemaker was there in blog’s sidebar. Will check gain how i missed. 😛

    As for me, I would hav written a review, but then thought there wud be many reviews on blogosphere, so instead wrote a personal reaction to recommend the book.

    Well, will check out Pressrow theme as well. Thanks for the recommendation! 🙂

    Now, painstakingly I have figured out how to let folks, who are not logged in, to comment. You would have a fair idea because of the communication exchaged on the subject. 🙂 So, all chicks can now safely reach you.

    However, what is thing about poultry minister? Whom should i ask? Ish? or you?

  4. 4 Ashish C. September 4, 2007 at 4:03 am

    Poonam: I’m still required to log in. Check if you have saved the options after modifying. 🙂

    Well, actually I made him Poultry Minister, but it would be much better if he explained it to you. 😀

    And about the kite runner cover on his sidebar, I think that was a long time ago when he was reading it. 🙂

  5. 5 Poonam Sharma September 4, 2007 at 4:11 am

    Ashish: You are correct, I never saved it. 😦 I got a call from my friend and logged off just like that. I have saved it now though. 🙂

    Ishmeet: What did you do to earn the coveted position of “poultry minister”? 😛

  6. 6 Ashish September 5, 2007 at 7:30 am

    Hint: He likes “Chicks”. 😛

  7. 7 Poonam September 5, 2007 at 7:32 am

    Asish: So I gathered already. 🙂 But you too like chicks, so why does Ish get the ministerial position? 😛

  8. 8 Ashish September 5, 2007 at 9:51 am

    Well this time you’re wrong. lol. Firstly I don’t care about chicks, its just a joke everyone uses… or I think they use.

    Secondly, as the [Future] Emperor of the World, His Geeked Up Mightiness, the Geek Wrestler I appoint the freakin ministers! 😀

  9. 9 Poonam Sharma September 5, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    For a split second when I read the first sentence, I misunderstood you. When I read the rest, it made sense.

    Ok, [Future] Emperor of the World, Your Geeked Up Mightiness, which minister you would appoint me if you had to? 😛

  10. 10 Ashish September 6, 2007 at 5:43 am

    I’m sorry, but I only announce minister’s on the my blog’s anniversary. So you’ll either have to wait till May or bonk one of the current ones and nominate yourself. 😛

  11. 11 Poonam Sharma September 6, 2007 at 6:21 am

    May is too far! 😦 I like the second option better, it is harmless and exciting. Bt m nt sure what ministeries are available? Wanna help me with that? 😛

  12. 12 Ashish September 6, 2007 at 7:22 am

    Harmless? Killing of the previous minister and nominating yourself is harmless for sure! 😀 You might need to check my May archives for the info… I’m lazy… 😀

  13. 13 The Kite Runner Cliff Notes January 21, 2008 at 5:03 am

    Great book.Made me laugh made me cry. Movie was not near as good

  14. 14 Poonam Sharma January 21, 2008 at 5:11 am

    @The Kite Runner Cliff Notes: You saw the movie? I haven’t had a chance. 😦 What was about the movie that you did not like?

    I wrote here a rare personal account of why the book moved me: https://alchemistpoonam.wordpress.com/2007/09/06/why-the-kite-runner-moved-me/

    You have very comprehensive kite runner notes site there. 🙂

  15. 15 davematt July 2, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Hi Poonam,

    Nice review. I am sure you would have read ‘Thousand Splendid Suns’ by now. If you haven’t, give it a shot. Another great book.

    DM (http://swameth.wordpress.com/)

    Poonam: Dave, I ahve read THousand Splendid Suns, though it was good, I found it bit depressing. Kite Runner was a better book. I visited your blog and found reviews for some good books. Thanks for visitng! 🙂

  16. 16 scorpria August 11, 2009 at 9:53 am

    The book was awesome. I have no more words to describe the feeling it left me with!

  17. 17 Radha March 4, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    This comment is coming in almost three years too late, but I had to leave a note 🙂
    When I bought The Kite Runner, I started reading the book in the car ride from Landmark to home. I was hooked! I went into a frenzy to finish the book and completed it in two sittings, within 24 hours. I was shaken, upset, curious, happy, shocked and moved to tears all at the same time. No book had ever done that to me before. Like you, I wanted to wake up a friend (who hates reading, but he was the only one who would be awake at an unearthly hour) and tell him how stunning the book was.
    I totally understand what you mean when you say ‘high on emotions’.
    Since then, I have recommended the book to all and sundry and have gifted it to hordes of people.


  1. 1 Why The Kite Runner Moved Me « Visceral Observations Trackback on September 6, 2007 at 6:32 pm

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