The novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini takes place in Kabul, Afghanistan around the 1970s. At the time there are a lot of political and war tension in Afghanistan. The Soviet Union invades Afghanistan and everything changes for the main character, Amir. He searches for his true identity throughout the novel. Amir is a dynamic and round character. The thoughts in his mind and actions by him make him very believable. Amir is constantly trying to impress his father with high expectations as a high-class family. I am able to connect to him since my parents also expect highly from me. I do like Amir as a character because he grows up to be my age. I believe the novels become more interesting when there is an aspect of the story a reader can connect to. The way Amir selectively choose when to play and not to play with his servant’s son reminds me of a young version of me. Amir feels as if he is distant from himself and his family. Amir cannot distinguish his true self. The storyline is the most important part of the novel.
The storyline was quite dull in the beginning. The novel starts off with older Amir remembering his past in Afghanistan. A lot of new characters are introduced and in the beginning, it was difficult to keep track of all the characters. Although, the novel started to quickly progress after the Kite Cutting Competition. Leading up to this point I was uninterested and felt like I was being forced to read. The raping of Hassan caught me out of nowhere and instantly brought back my interest. This had to be one of the most exhilarating and important turning points of the novel. It’s not the sexual abuse that changes the story; however, the change is caused by Amir’s actions afterward. The way Amir knowingly distances himself with Hassan when Hassan needed Amir the most. I believe that without this event Amir and his father would not have moved to America. I am interested in reading further and finishing this novel. Mr. Barrington said that the ending was quite tragic and I am ecstatic to see how the story unfolds in the end.