The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
One of the top 10 books I have ever read. I almost cried. That says a lot. I thoroughly enjoyed the book despite how haunting and depressing it got. It was perhaps these depths of humanity and crisis that led the book to such heights of joy and comfort. I have read few books that have had as many poignant moments (although A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS comes close). Khaled Hosseini is the Dickens of our age. His writing is sparse but leaves an indelible mark on our souls. His writing is awe-inspiring in its ability to capture the mundane and the magnificent in the same breath.
Beyond the ethnic struggles, the obvious "ripped from the headlines" feel of this tale, lies at its heart a story of family, of devotion and betrayal, of love and sacrifice, of sin and redemption. Hosseini is a master at wrapping these core themes within layers of scene and character, action and everyday moments to create a beautiful tapestry of life. I highly recommend this book to every human being. If you read it and do not feel moved, you may not be human afterall.
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