I hate the author who wrote this book. I cried so hard while reading this book, I hate him for having the galls to write a novel like this. Three, in fact. Ugh. There are so many tear stains in this stupid, worn, beat-up, 10th anniversary edition, paperback book, I don't even know how the words show up anymore.
For the people who weren't forced to read this book in high school (or were, but just sparknoted it because who actually read high school assigned books?), read it. It will change your life. It will not change your life like how Twilight or even Harry Potter changes your life, it will change your life like How to Kill a Mockingbird changes your life.
This novel is about two boys, Amir and Hassan, who grew up in Afghanistan, their relationship, what happens to Hassan, and Amir's eventual redemption after years of hiding away.
This book deals a lot with redemption and the overcoming of social classes and the different kinds of love. However, for me, personally, I still did not like the main character after he redeemed himself at the end of the book, supposedly. He changed continually in the novel, but I still never liked him. I guess in that way, that makes him more human than anything else.
This story also deals with the many issues that plague Afghanistan, as in Khaled Hosseini's other novels, but this novel was his first. This novel was his first success as a wrencher of hearts, crusher of hopes, evoker of severe tears, and illustrator of the Middle Eastern refugee crises.
You may feel uncomfortable with reading some of the events in this book, but don't let that stop you, and let it propel you forward instead. You will be a changed person after reading this novel. If you let it affect you, of course.
The novel was really artfully written, and I don't think there was even one unnecessary word in there. I really hope after reading this card, you choose to read this book. It provokes a lot of thought not only for the symbolism and all those other things English teachers go nuts for, but for the things that it teaches you-- how to be more tolerant, more forgiving, more globally minded.
So if you're looking for a new read, pick up this book from a local library! I swear you'll love me for recommending this book.