The Kite Runner - The end's not near, it's here (part 1)

Something you may have noticed is that I haven't written much about what's happened in the book. Therefore I thought it may be clever to write about what I have been reading, and not only my opinions. I finished the book today and as I have written all along, it is a good book. 

Summary of The Kite Runner - from start to finish:
NB: Contains spoilers

In the first chapter we are in Kabul, the place Amir grew up. Amir has one wish in his life, and that is to be acknowledged by his father, Baba. As I have written before, Amir doesn't get enough attention by his father and therefore finds support in their servant's son, Hassan. He and his father, Ali, are descended from the Hazara people. In the 1970's, where this story takes place, it wasn't normal to treat the Hazara's like your equal, but both Amir and Baba treats Ali and Hassan with respect. One thing that annoys Amir with having Ali and Hassan around is that Baba treats Hassan as if he were to be his own son. Might Amir be jealous?

The winter of 1975 Amir wins the Kite Fight tournament. The Kite Fight is an annual tournament held in the winter for children of Afghanistan. Winning the tournament made Baba very proud of his son. One part of the tournament is to run for the fallen kites, and it appears that Hassan is the best of these Kite Runners. He therefore runs for the last kite for Amir. As he runs he turns his head towards Amir and say "For you, a thousand times over".
I would say that Hassan is much more devoted to Amir then Amir is to Hassan. Amir never stands up for him, not even when Assef rapes Hassan in an alley after telling him that the kite is for Amir. As Assef tries to force Hassan to give him the kite he eventually gives up, but rapes him instead. While all this is happening our dearest Amir is watching it all, and instead of trying to do something, he runs away.
The sentence above shows us who Hassan is, a brave and loyal little boy. The action of Amir shows us who he is, a coward. Nicholas Sparks has a quote that I think fits into this situation: "You're going to come across people in your life who will say all the right words at all the right times. But in the end, it's always their actions you should judge them by. It's actions, not words, that matter."

Hassan tells Amir that he would do anything for him, and he does too. You ever heard the saying "just talk, no action" before? Well, this doesn't describe Hassan. When Hassan says he will do anything for Amir, he really means it. He shows it as well. If Amir would have said something like that, he wouldn't do anything to prove that he meant it. Since Amir ran away, his action defines a part of who he is. It’s actions that matter.

But now I’m really drifting away from the whole story, so let's get back on track. After this incident, Amir regrets for not interfering, and the guilt is slowly eating him alive. Amir and Hassan's relationship has gotten pretty bad and Amir still lives with guilt while Hassan still wonders what he has done. After a while Amir can't handle the guilt and plants a wristwatch and some money under Hassan's bed. Then Amir asks Baba where his watch is in hope of Ali and Hassan leaving, and so they do..

To be continued. 

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The Kite Runner: Chapter 5 - 10

Another day, another five chapters. My honest opinion so far is that it's a good book, but kind of slow at times. I feel that there are too many details and descriptions. I understand this might be necessary to fulfill the story, but at times I think it gets a bit dull. Except from this I like the book and there are a lot of exciting happenings in the story.

I haven't written much about what happens in the book, and how the different relationships between people are. So here it goes:

Amir and Baba
The story takes us back to Afghanistan in the 1970's where two boys, Amir and Hassan, grew up in what in the 1970's was a stabile and idyllic Afghanistan. Early in the book you get an insight of the different relationships between the characters. Amir and his father, Baba, share a difficult relationship due to the death of Amir's mother. Since Amir's mother died after giving birth to him, he feels that Baba blames him for her death. Throughout Amir's childhood Amir struggles for attention and affection from his father, but instead of giving this to his son, Baba's business partners and servants receives it instead. One of my favorite happenings in this book within Amir and Baba's relationship is when they talk about sin (page 16). Baba tells his son that there is only one sin, and that is theft. And from there he explains to his son:

"When you kill a man, you steal a life," Baba said. "You steal his 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."'

The reason why I like this happening is because of Baba's saying, and that while he's talking Amir is sitting on his lap, which he probably didn't do often. Even though it isn't the most special moment a father and son could have, it shows that Baba want's Amir to learn about life, that he wants to help him learn. You may consider this as a way to show attention and affection towards your son. Also, when Baba says this, I can't help but wonder if there is something more behind it. Is he trying to get Amir to understand that Amir has sinned? Amir's mother died after giving birth to Amir, this can be seen (in Baba's point of view) as Amir stole Baba's rights to live with his wife for the rest of his life. Ergo, a sin. Of course, now I’m just assuming that there was a problem with Amir that caused his mother's death, but by all means, it could have been something wrong with the mother.  So maybe Amir and Baba share a tense relationship not because of Baba is blaming his son for his wife's death, but that Amir stole something away from him. He sinned. 

Amir and Hassan
Another relationship we are shown in the book is the relationship between Amir and their servant's son, Hassan. In the 1970's it wasn't normal to treat a servant like your equal, but even this couldn't stop Amir and Hassan becoming best friends. There are a few times in the book we are told that Amir doesn't play with Hassan among other. It might seem as he is ashamed of Hassan, but we know that he isn't. It's amazing how strong bond they have to one another even though it might appear that Hassan cares more for Amir, then Amir does for Hassan. After all, Hassan does say: "For you, a thousand times over". But would Amir do the same?

Pictures taken from HERE and HERE