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The Kite Runner (Graphic Novel)

Post by: Sudipto Ghosh

 The Kite Runner is one of the top ranked publishing sensations that dominated the New York Times list for straight years. Having impressed over three million readers worldwide, the graphic novel originally narrated by Khaled Hosseini pictures the amazingly vibrant life of an Afghan boy who swings with the fate of circumstances. Though it is set in the era when Afghan royal anarchism was in its dimming end yet it manages to beautifully portray the rugged scenes with love and care.

The graphic adaptation of The Kite Runner has enabled the present generation to peek a look into the unlikely settings in Afghanistan where friendship and honesty runs deep in the Pashtun natives. The storyline is spun around the friendly bonding between a rich Afghan boy and the son of his family servant. They are entangled in a tragic encounter with the events of fate when the protagonists are caught unawares in a story that portrays tragic and starkly heart-breaking experiences. The graphic illustration put in four-color version gives a refreshing outlook to the narration.

Khaled’s story writing skill is hard to beat especially at those precarious instances when he moves the reader to tears. It summarizes the hard transformations that Amir undergoes with the change in regime in Afghanistan.  The characters of Amir, Hassan and his lover are described with human emotions.

Kite Runner begins with Amir’s constant attempt to gain his father’s attention. It seems to be more inclined towards the Hazra boy, Hassan. He works with disdain when winning the Pashtun Kite Fighting Tournament becomes his prime objective. His personality swings from a brave fighter to a coward friend when he witnesses silently the sodomy of Hassan. He pledges to help Hassan’s son, Sohrab when he returns to Pakistan and takes him under his guardianship. The twist in the plot comes when reality strikes hard as Hassan turns out to be Amir’s half-brother.

Memorable line from the book is definitely the instance when Rahim Khan tells Amir that “Ali was sterile,”…..”No he wasn’t. He and Sanaubar had Hassan, didn’t they? They had Hassan---“. “No they didn’t,” Rahim Khan said. ………………………..”I felt like a man sliding down a steep cliff, clutching at shrubs and tangles of brambles and coming up empty-handed.”

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