I am reading this right now and I have to say... it's a really good book. I am not an ignorant person, but I am not aware of a lot of things that have happened in the past.
E.g. I learned A LOT about the Biafra war after reading Half of a Yellow sun at the age of 25!
With this book, although I hear about the Taliban(obviously!!!) and Afghanistan and countries involved with them, it's just what I read in the news I take in... I like this book because the story(emotional, shocking, to say the least) is very good but it's a history lesson for me too.
There are so many characters to discuss:
Amir, the main character... Very jealous... weak... not a very admirable character.
Hassan, a 'Hazara' (an outcast, looked down on by many) - he and his father were slaves of Amir and his father. Hassan is a gentle soul, he made sacrifices for Amir. He loved Amir, for this reason - Amir got on my nerves more because of the things he did.
Assef - Pure Evil
Sohrab - You have to read to find out more about him - He's Hassan's son.
I really liked the book.
Khaled Hosseini's stunning debut novel The Kite Runner follows a young boy, Amir, as he faces the challenges that confront him on the path to manhood—testing friendships, finding love, cheating death, accepting faults, and gaining understanding. Living in Afghanistan in the 1960s, Amir enjoys a life of privilege that is shaped by his brotherly friendship with Hassan, his servant's son. Amir lives in constant want of his father's attention, feeling that he is a failure in his father's eyes. Hassan, on the other hand, seems to be able to do no wrong. Their friendship is a complex tapestry of love, loss, privilege, and shame.
Striving to be the son his father always wanted, Amir takes on the weight of living up to unrealistic expectations and places the fate of his relationship with his father on the outcome of a kite running tournament, a popular challenge in which participants must cut down the kites of others with their own kite. Amir wins the tournament. Yet just as he begins to feel that all will be right in the world, a tragedy occurs with his friend Hassan in a back alley on the very streets where the boys once played. This moment marks a turning point in Amir's life—one whose memory he seeks to bury by moving to America. There he realizes his dream of becoming a writer and marries for love but the memory of that fateful day will prove too strong to forget. Eventually it draws Amir back to Afghanistan to right the wrongs that began that day in the alley and continued in the days, months, and years that followed.

Thanks Vickii for recommending this.

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