The Kite Runner follows the moving story of Amir, privileged boy growing up in Afghanistan. Amir's Afghanistan is the Afghanistan of a wealthy young boy living in Kabul in the 1970's. Big white houses and being the only famliy to drive an American car down the street. Amir's best childhood playmate is Hassan, a Hazara boy who is actually his servant. Hassan is incoherently loyal to Amir, which annoys Amir to no end. Amir constantly vys for his father's attention, which he tries to gain by competing in the local kite running competitions. However, the Afghanistan Amir knows and loves is changing. Hazaras, an already discriminated against race, are being increasingly violated. After a series of scarring events, Amir and his father finally escape to the United States, where his story is not yet over.
This book was fantastic. It really gave me a view into Afghanistan, not the outsiders view of just poverty, war and the Taliban. There were many graphic scenes, so I do not recommend this book for younger readers, or even for some my own age.
Tompkins County Public Library