This book was rated a 5-star read by everyone in our book group. Set in Afghanistan, the story begins in the 1970s, and provides a rich cultural insight into a time and place that was very different to the Kabul we hear about today.
The Kite Runner is a powerful, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between Amir, a wealthy boy of the ruling Pashtun caste, and Hassan, the impoverished son of his father’s servant – it examines the price of betrayal, and the question of redemption; and explores the nature of father-son relationships. There are horrific scenes – one in particular – which will make you gasp; and there are beautiful scenes that you’ll want to read over and over. For days after I finished, I found myself picking up the book and re-reading the last page, and once again reaching for the tissue box. Hosseini's gift for story-telling, and his rich character development, will pull you in and keep you emotionally engaged right to the end.