Greetings fellow readers! Here is my first blog EVER! I am a little nervous and super-excited! Hope you like what I write.
Ten years ago, I read Khaled Hosseini’s masterpiece for the first time and I just could not put it down. The book has carved a special place in my heart. I cannot even begin to explain what this book means to me.
You know the time when you get into the skin of the characters and their lives so badly, that you forget it’s just a story. Every character written in the book adds up to the story line. It is always the first book I recommend to people who ask me for suggestions and I believe that if you haven’t read this book yet, you have GOT to pick it up right NOW.
This is the only book that has made me cry. It is touching and heart-breaking in so many ways. I loved the way Hosseini describes Kabul during its pre-war era.
For those of you who don’t know the plot of this book, here is a sneak-peak:
Amir and Hassan are two young boys and very close friends. Amir belongs to a rich family and Hassan and his Father work as servants for Amir’s family. The two boys spend their time running along the streets of the city, sitting under the pomegranate tree reading a book or getting bullied by a bunch of older boys. Both boys are motherless.
Amir craves love from his Father who is a man of principles and rarely expresses his emotions. Hassan was a true friend to Amir and it is portrayed beautifully in the first few chapters. He is always ready to defend Amir Agha, as he likes to address him, against the bad bullies only with the help of his slingshot which he uses expertly. Despite their friendship, situations arise where Amir does not stand up for Hassan in the most needed situation because he acted like a coward. Amir repents the things he says and does to hurt Hassan and betray him. But even after his betrayal, Hassan loves Amir like a brother.
When Amir and his Father flee to the United states of America, they start a new life in the new country and for many, many years forget all about Hassan and his Father. Amir falls in love with a beautiful girl and they get married. When Amir’s father dies, he is forced to visit Kabul where he can no longer remain a coward and must face his fears bravely.
The author has such an effortless way of writing, and the impact is so powerful. I got immersed in the story from the first page to the last. Second time I read it, it was even better. This is the book which I want to constantly go back to and keep reminding myself about a beautiful tale of friendship, betrayal and atonement. When something so simple impacts you so strongly, it’s ought to be a brilliant.
Favorite Quotes from the book:
“For you, a thousand times over.”
“Children aren’t coloring books. You don’t get to fill them with your favorite colors.”
“When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal a wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness. There is no act more wretched than stealing.”
“And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.”
(Disclaimer: All opinions expressed are strictly my own and in no way influenced.)