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These days, war and terrorism has been engrained so deep in our social and emotional fabric that we have invented new labels for humans who are directly inflicted with the consequences of war. Labels like ‘refugees‘, ‘casualties‘, ‘martyrs’ etc. drain out the human pain and suffering that entails while a war is waged, howsoever noble the cause maybe. We have already seen graphic images of a toddler washed ashore in Europe, boats of people returned at the borders of safer countries, children crossing seas and oceans to reach safety etc.

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I ordered this book to have an insight into what life was like in Afghanistan before the war and how it changed during the war. As I went through the pages, a devastating and painfully honest tale engulfed me on a poignant roller coaster ride.

The societies of pre-war Afghanistan with its Asian neighbours like India, Pakistan etc. couldn’t be more congruent – Social hierarchy, tense ethnic friction, patriarchal family, pride and honor of ancestral lineage, extravagant festivity etc. Now a major motion picture, The New York Times International Bestseller by Khaled Hossseini is a ‘Book of The Decade‘, chosen by The Times, Daily Telegraph and Guardian and has won immense praise.

This masterful intoxicating book provides a gallery of memorable images, telling an intensely vivid and unforgettably gripping story of fierce cruelty, betrayal, guilt, fear and fierce yet redeeming love, warmth and Afgan humor. It depicts the  fragility of a highly unlike friendship between a wealthy boy and a son of his father’s servant, symbolized by the kites the boys fly together, is tested as they watch their old way of life disappear.

This engaging story that reminds us of the lengthy struggle to triumph over the forces of violence, unfortunately through even more violence, and the perpetual schism that ensues. It speaks the unwelcome truth about the disastrous powers of evil, both personal and political, weaved around a high-flying kite that inevitably falls back on Earth.

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59 thoughts on “A Very Real Fiction : The Kite Runner

  1. Very moving.
    The Kite Runner’s indeed a great read, I loved it.

    I’d like to share a quote I came across sometime ago-

    I kept asking who did it?

    Israel, Palestine
    Russians, Ukrainians?

    Then my mom answered
    Humans.
    Humans killing humans.

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  2. They were half brothers….same father….
    This book was too too too good…..
    “For you a thousand times over” so meaningful and how the speakers changed…. I love that…. Khaleid writes wonderful….. His another novel ‘a thousand splendid suns’ is also worth reading…

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  3. Your review has done justice to the book and writer, I loved it as much as I loved the book. And yha go for “a thousand splendid sun” too. It will give you a more picture of before, during and after war life there along with a soul touching story of a humanity.

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  4. Hey Nikhil, I strongly recommend a thousand splendid suns, the second one from housseini. However, if you are planning to complete the trio, pls read And the mountains Echoed before ATSS.. I personally felt his second book really set the benchmark pretty high..

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  5. Wonderful book! I read all night long as I couldn’t put it down. When I saw that small boy I wept. The face of man’s inhumanity to his fellow man. A small boy who would not put his arms around his mother’s neck and hug it, a boy who would no longer crawl into grandma’s lap for a story… We have been down this road before but refuse to learn. When a ship filled with refugees made it to America during WWII, President Roosevelt (the one who was suppose to be the good guy) refused them entry and they were ordered back. Another such ship did get to unload and the refugees put into a hastily constructed prison. If you want more information, look for the Oswego Refugees online.

    Some societies label people to strip them of their humanity. Just look at Nazi Germany, and America.

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    1. It was, indeed, an incredible story. More than the political and military conflict, I think it highlighted the very familial conflicts.
      Refugees have had malicious treatment throughout history. It is sad that that hasn’t stopped even today. The very label is derogatory. You are right, it stops the humanity.

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      1. Well, it attempts to stop it, subjugate it, but humanity is resilient and we are still here. After obtaining my degrees, I went on to work with Abused children and while numbers of them were severly damaged, some went on to have decent lives. I’ve also worked with a number of other agencies and causes, so many find a way to go on and build lives and family.

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        1. You have an incredibly good heart, Lea. I find your empathy for people and to help them find a strong ground, as you found for yourself, admirable.
          Keep doing good. I hope do some too, when I am done with studies.

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                  1. I read the newspaper every day and quite a bit of French poetry but other than that, it is still a bit of a struggle. I knew none when I got here. I only knew I belonged. 🙂

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                    1. Born in California, live in New York City for about six years and several other states. I spent many a summer in Canada and I’ve traveled a bit. You? 😉

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                    2. I did a lot of research online and basically looked for what was important to me. France fit! My only concern was the language but I am managing and learn something each day. The people have been so accepting and welcoming. They even put up with my stumbling French. 🙂

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