What is the price of loyalty? To your friends? Your family? Your country? Yourself? The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is a novel that has sought to find out. The Kite Runner, is set between Afghanistan and America during more than forty years of turmoil in Afghanistan, spanning two wars and several government changes. Our main character, Amir, is the son of a well off Pashtun businessman. Amir spends nearly his entire life searching for peace after he witnesses an unthinkable act of hate at just twelve years old. A growing hatred of Afghans in the region and the overthrowing of the Afghani king leads to a series of events in which Amir and his father abandon Afghanistan and immigrate to America. There, they settle into the life of an immigrant. Poverty. Hard work. Sacrifice. Amir does not return to Afghanistan for nearly twenty years, but when he does, he finds himself in a land which he does not recognize. Forced to face his haunted past, Amir finds out that there may or may not be a price for loyalty, but there is certainly a price for inner peace.
Even two weeks after finishing the book, I find myself thinking about Amir and his journey. I believe I will be thinking about pride, loyalty, and peace for quite some time. This book is an intense read, but a thought provoker worth picking up. Due to the presence of violent and sexually explicit scenes, this book is recommended to readers aged 16 and older.
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