The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is a tale of two brothers in the humble city of Kabul in Afghanistan. This simple narrative of redemption so easily captures the essence of brotherhood, loyalty, fidelity, and love in the face of betrayal and injustice. Just as Khaled Hosseini’s works have brought tears to people all over the world, The Kite Runner also has its share of sorrow and pain. But you can count on a soul-stirring journey with every chapter.


This story of two little boys learning about friendship, brotherhood, and faithfulness takes you on a journey through the innocent minds of the children. No wonder, then, that it manages to bring some readers to tears so effortlessly.


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The book is rich in metaphors and so many literary devices like foreshadowing and character graphs. No wonder The Kite Runner is a favorite among literature enthusiasts. That said, you don’t necessarily need a literature background to grasp the beauty of the book. The author manages to keep you glued through his narrative with ease.


Personally, it’s one of the very few books that managed to move me and also gave me one of my all-time favorite quotes. The book has numerous lessons to give and they find their way to you slowly and with so much intensity. I highly recommend this book to anyone no matter the genre they’re fond of. There’s Kite flying, local streets, caste systems, tears, laughter and so many lessons. It’s difficult to put the book down even after the tale is over.


PS: The book also gives a very vivid picture of the local life in the city of Kabul from the years gone by.


Notable quotes: “I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.”


Here’s why Khaled Hosseini writes about pain, as told to Al Jazeera


Bingewagon Rating- 4.5/5


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Marilyn D'cruz

An avid binge-reader and an occasional binge-watcher, Marilyn D'Cruz is a copywriter by profession but a storyteller by heart.

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