The Kite Runner
You never know where a good idea can come from. Or a piece of good advice. An abstract I recently translated read about "The Kite Runner" and so well that I decided to read the book myself, hoping to spend a long forthcoming train jouney in good company. This book has been much more than a good travelling companion.It was a master. It has shown me how children are children in their full rights, everywhere, and how all of them, beyond social conventions, beyond the past present and future conditions of their own countries, love the same things. Firstly, they love to play. And playing is what Amir and Hassan do, thirty years ago in Kabul and even though they are divided by class and race, their great mutual passion for kite running keeps them together. One can read and the other listens to the stories read by his friend, of whom he is also a servant. Even though he can''t read Hassan uses his own fantasy to get where his means don''t allow him to. The social divide imposed on the two boys cannot prevent them to feel a brotherly love for each other. "Anything for you" says Hassan and his words come from the heart.
Something will separate them that Amir will never forgive himself for. And to drive away the memory of his cowardness from his own eyes he manages to make his friend Hassan leave Kabul forever.
As this happens Afghanistan is devastated, going from a monarchy, through a coup d''etat, to a republic. After that, with the advent of the Taliban regime Amir too, and his father, are forced to leave the country. America welcomes them and here Amir settles down, still keeping faith to his origins and traditions.
But life is strange and sees him catapulted in Afghanistan again many years later, looking for someone. It is a search that will give Amir many more answers than those he was expecting, answers that he would not have wanted to know. This will get him to see the past under a different light and realize that he may not have been the only culprit.
I read "The kite runner" in one breath. It is a moving story that deserves reading. It is a tribute to all those children who would like to go on playing and would have all the rights to do it, while the world is tumbling down behind them forcing them to grow up too quickly.
When my baby son is old enough I will recommend this novel to him too.