Khaled Hosseini’s debut novel which was released in 2003 and later adapted in a film in 2007 is one of my favourite books of all times. The shattering, crushing story line does not want you to put down the book even for a second and the characters and their lives promise to remain etched in your mind for a long time to come. Set up in Afghanistan, the story revolves around the lives of Amir (the master) and his servant, Hassan. As a child, Amir sees something that he shouldn’t have which haunts him throughout his life. The intense setting, the sequence of events and the believable tone of the narrative are impeccable and take within its fold love, worship, brutality, malice, redemption and deliverance.
The book also provides a fresh perspective on Afghanistan, a country which has long been associated with terrorism but was once a delightful, liberal land where the people were tolerant, friendly and promising. The turn of the proceedings, the country’s political turmoil and the personal twist of actions make this account a must read. Incredible, I say.