I was looking for book recommendations the other week, and I asked a co-worker for a title that I thought would be interesting to check out. She recommended, “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini.
Oh my god. This book was so amazing. Albeit the content extremely heavy, and very serious, this book was phenomenal. It sometimes took a lot of energy to pick it up, simply because I didn’t want to read about the destruction of a beautiful world, the loss of a strong friendship, the canyon between father and son, the failed efforts to start a family, and-much like the tail end of a kite itself-the continuous theme of guilt gliding it’s way through the book, but once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down.
This book taught me several things: first, we take for granted the amazing life we have here. Second, the underlying insecurities and fallacies of human beings. Hosseini makes the insecurities and perversion of humanity so relatable, that you pity poor Amir throughout the entire book, as much as you are frustrated by him; and all the way throughout, can understand and rationalize every decision he makes, good or bad. Lastly, it teaches you that it is never too late to become the person you want to be. Although this message is buried a bit behind the sadness and destruction of the Afghan world, Amir’s world, and the understanding and realization of the human imperfection, Amir never ceases to admit to himself that he could be a better man. And for that you admire him.
If there was ever a book I would read, and read again, it would be “The Kite Runner.” For this book, a million times over. If you are looking for a truly good read, I highly recommend it. “The Kite Runner” will teach you about human relationships, about sacrifice, and about yourself in a truly unexpected way.