Monday, March 24, 2014

The Kite Runner

"The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini

Alright, now I've read all of this authors books, this being his first book.  I really like this author and how he has brought a face and people to all that has gone on in Afghanistan.  My heart has been burdened for the people their after reading his books.  This book is definitely a difficult read in that it is heavy and is somewhat expilicit.  It is about two boys born in Kabul, Afghanistan who shared the same wet nurse and are friends but grew up in two different worlds.  One boy, Amir, is the  son of a wealthy man.  The other boy, Hassan, is the son of Amir's father's servant.  Amir and his father eventually flee the country but Amir can not leave behind his past and his friend Hassan.  There is heartache, betrayal and eventual hope in this story.  It is a story of a past that will haunt until it is reckoned with and made right.  "Children aren't coloring books.  You don't get to fill them with your favorite colors."  Nope, children come with their own sense of who they want to be.  As parents we don't get to choose for them, thats already decided by the One who made them.  We just get to gently direct with Gods help.  "...but time can be a greedy thing-sometimes it steals all the details for itself."  "And that, I believe, is what true redemption is, when guilt leads to good."  Guilt from the right source should always prompt us to change.  And that is what this book is about, being prompted to change and make the past right.  

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