My book group and I will be convening to discuss Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner tomorrow, July 2, 2017.
I am happy that this post is immediately following my post on Islam since The Kite Runner takes place in Afghanistan.
Of all the rich aspects of life, history, and culture that this novel touches on, I would like to focus on Amir’s dream of becoming a writer because it illuminates the true nature of his relationship with his father, Baba.
Initially, as revealed in their exchange on page 134, Baba scoffs at Amir’s desire to major in Creative Writing. Baba asks him why he would go to college to eventually get a menial job to support himself.
Just a short while later, on page 139, they meet General Taheri. Baba tells him that Amir is going to become a famous writer with great pride. Then General Taheri touches upon one of the oldest themes in literature, the need for stories as a diversion from the miseries of life.
Baba’s public show of support illustrates that Amir is unjustified in his doubts that his father loves him.
Other important themes include class struggle, good versus evil and their eternal battle between and within individuals and perhaps most of all, the struggle for repentance and the need for forgiveness.