It is about a story of a young Afghan boy, his childhood, his account of soviet invasion, US life. I start reading this book after a lot of people telling me this book is too good and thankfully they were all correct. It is indeed a wonderful book.
Main thing I liked was the part of the childhood age, the period when the kites were flying freely in Afghan. Before reading this book, I had never imagined Afghanistan as a normal country just like any other where people have freedom. Whenever I heard of Afghanistan, the image of Taliban, bomb blast and the burkha clad women were the only objects in appear in the mind.
But this novel changed all. A period when even Afghan people enjoyed the life just like rest of the world (rather rest of the world I knew). The friendship between Amir and Hassan, their childhood fantasies, etc all were penned beautifully.
And when I thought it’s a feel good story, there came the twist, the betrayal, the defeat of afghan government and the departure.
The account of Taliban tortures in Afghan filed perfectly that whoever reads it, would feel the pain their people suffering. The beauty of the novel is the same book covers the wonderful, happier days as well as the darkest days of the country so that you can see the difference between those two and could feel the their people’s worry about their country.
The attractiveness of Kabul and Wasir Akbar Khan district was well accounted as well the weariness of the same place at the Taliban region when Amir returns. The friendship developed between Amir and the driver, Farid, who gets Amir back to Afghan and encounter with Farid’s brother’s family all are nice little parts.
In the part of childhood, the part which is the best as per me, the author makes us feel go back to our own childhood. Everything he wrote is in the view of a kid’s mind nothing tells you that it was written by an author who was already 40. Seeing his father as a hero, longing for some pure love from his father, jealousy on the other boy who gets the same treatment from his father, everything makes you believe the narrator was a 13yr old boy.
His account of discrimination directed at the Hazara Muslim Community is something you would hardly expect from a man from the Pashtun Community which was actually discriminated them.
The life of Afghan refugees in the US and Amir’s father’s pride as an afghan never-fading even as a refugee were well accounted so as the little love portion between Amir and his future wife.
A nice poetic ending added it to all. When I finished reading this novel, the immediate thought in my mind was the happiness for not missing this wonderful novel.
My rating for this book is ★★★★★