Thursday Quotables: 6.9.16

Books, Historical Drama, Thursday Quotables

//book: The Kite Runner // author: Khaled Hosseini // genre: historical drama // drama // goodreads

Hello my lovely friends, I wanted to share with you a couple quotes form The Kite Runner today that I believe not only portray the culture, but insightful truths that are relevant across cultures. This jarring book has been a personal favorite, and I have read it multiple times both on my own and for assignments in school. Each time, I am reminded at the simplicity and extremity of love and loyalty and the guilt and pain that can mold or future.

The Kite Runner was the first time I was exposed to the cruelty that humans are capable of, and my primary read through left me shocked. My subsequent reading, however, revealed to me the promise of redemption and the series of unfortunate events that can arise from jealousy. Hopefully these quotes will encourage you to start this book!

Beginning with friendship:

“For you, a thousand times over”

Hassan, the servant and friend of Amir (the protagonist of the story), was brought up to be devout, loyal and kind. Although they have the same father, the illegitimate child Hassan is entrusted in the care of Ali. (Ali is the servant of Babba, Amir’s father.) Hassan is taught to cater to Amir’s every need, and instead of nurturing resentment or bitterness, Hassan’s loyalty grows. It is this loyalty that eventually leads up to the event that leads to Amir’s heartless betrayal.

“Better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.”

Babba hates lying and believes it to be the root of all sin and evil and ensures that his son is taught this fact. Imagine Amir’s horror when he learns that Babba’s has lied to him about the identity of his own half brother, and the despicable acts he forced his half brother to endure. This universal truth is clearly depicted and beautifully phrased here.

“Not a word passes between us, not because we have nothing to say, but because we don’t have to say anything – that is how, it is between people who are each other’s first memories”

To be that connected with someone, and to share that friendship is phenomenal and uncommon.  This statement provides insight into the strong bond Amir and Hassan shared, and the danger of jealousy that has the ability to rip apart these bonds.

“I’m so afraid. Because I’m so profoundly happy. Happiness like this is frightening…They only let you this happy if they’re preparing to take something from you.”

To conclude, here is a quote that I believe embodies the culture of the unprivileged class in Afghanistan and the predicament that many face. With each bout of happiness and joy, there is an expectation of sorrow or loss. This also presents the reader with an insight into the thoughts and stress those in that situation are forced to face.

This book was an eye-opener to me about the cruelty of life, danger of jealousy and need for redemption. Pick up this book to follow Amir as he endeavors to not only seek forgiveness, but find love and hope in a war torn land.

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