This story follows through the like of Amir, a boy born in Afghanistan to his father, Baba, with a good friend called Hassan. As the story continues he grows into a man and has many trials or difficult situations in his life. But all through it he doesn’t forget those that matter most to him: Baba and Hassan. It’s a story of a person who battles with his own morals of good and bad, and battles with his own cowardice or bravery; it is always hard to tell which is which. What I find truly aspiring in this novel is how he goes about putting these internal battles into a compelling story while still showing us the world of Afghanistan.
There are many themes and messages you can take away from this book. But the theme that stood out to me the most was love and regret. You need to overlook the small things and forgive, to truly be with those you love. And if you don’t, you’ll always have your regrets. You can try to amend them, and in the end what you really need to also do is forgive yourself. That is the message I took away: forgiveness is always necessary, especially when you cannot forget.
My favourite part of the novel would have to be the end. I am not going to tell you what happened, but I will say that throughout the story I was going on a journey with Amir, his life journey. And I was constantly learning and listening and feeling what was happening in his life. The ending was promising. The ending was hopeful. That made me smile.
I will say Khaled Hosseini did write one book that I read (called And The Mountains Echoed). That is his latest one. It was alright and I don’t think it quite reaches the standard of this one. I highly suggest this book, and hope you enjoy it. I cannot wait until I’ve gotten the movie in my hands and see if it matches in comparison to the book.
Have you read this? What did you think?