My second book by Mr. Hosseini and I liked it as much I liked the first one i.e. A Thousand Splendid Suns. If A Thousand Splendid Suns was a story of two women, this was the story of two men.
This book tells us the story of Amir and Hassan, two boys living in 80s Afghanistan. They’re kids at that time. Amir, son of a well-known rich Afghani , is a motherless boy. Hassan is Amir’s servant Ali’s child. They both are very good friends. Amir is a coward and is often subjected to bullying by some older kids. It is Hassan who always came to his rescue. After a horrible incident, Amir distanced himself from Hassan and when Hassan tries to confront, but Amir asked him to go away. Soon Amir with his father emigrate to America. A decade or so after, Amir receives a call from Rahim Khan, his father’s business partner in Afghanistan, who asks him to come see him in his last days in Pakistan. Once there Amir get to know some best kept secrets about his father and he decides to go to Afghanistan to bring back Hassan’s child.
I love how Hosseini describes the war and its effects on people. They’re sad and painful yet something that innocent people has to suffer because of few people’s stupidity or hunger for power. His writing is mesmerizing. The way he explores the father-son relationship is beautiful. He did a wonderful job in describing human emotion like madness, faith, love, hate, cowardice, betrayal and many more.
In the ends it’s a really good story about how one must overcome the mistakes of past to be able to live a peaceful future.