The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

The Author

Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965. In 1976, when Hosseini was 11 years old, Hosseini’s father obtained a job in Paris, France, and moved the family here. They were unable to return to Afghanistan because of the Saur Revolution in which the PDPA communist party seized power through a bloody coup in April 1978. Instead, a year after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, in 1980 they sought political asylum in the United States and made their residence in San Jose, California.

Hosseini graduated from Independence High School in San Jose in 1984 and enrolled at Santa Clara University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1988. The following year, he entered the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, where he earned his M.D. in 1993. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles in 1996. He practiced medicine for over ten years, until a year and a half after the release of The Kite Runner.

Hosseini is currently a Goodwill Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He has been working to provide humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan through the Khaled Hosseini Foundation. The concept for the foundation was inspired by the trip to Afghanistan that Hosseini made in 2007 with UNHCR.
He lives in Northern California with his wife, Roya, and their two children (Harris and Farah). [1]

Book Review

When I started reading this book I didn’t really know what to expect. I hadn’t heard anything about the book or the movie. The backcover of the book didn’t reveal much either. That said, I really enjoyed the book, and read it in only three days. Some books you just can’t stop reading, and this was definetly one of them.

The Kite Runner

The book covers some difficult topics and I would not recommend it for the very youngest readers. Some would maybe argue that the book has many lessons that are good for the kids, which I agree with, but it still has some controversial aspects to it, such as a rape scene and some brutal fight scenes.

This book is the type of book that makes you think about your life and reevaluate your values and what you think you know. It makes you question what you’d do in a given situation if the tables were turned.

I think that this was a wonderful book. It was grim, brutal and depressing, but also beautiful at times. It was emotional and definetly gives you the “feels”. I can reveal to you, that I shed a couple of tears in the end.

This book also makes you grounded and puts things into perspective. We all need to be reminded of how blessed we are at times, especially if you are from some of the modern western countires. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is looking for an emotional and enlightening story.

References

[1] https://www.goodreads.com/khaledhosseini

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