This is a powerful and painful book to read. It tells the story of Amir, growing up in Kabul with his father and the son of his family's servant as a playmate and the events that shape their lives.
This book reminded me, in an odd way, of David Copperfield, in that I didn't care a great deal for the protagonist, but he was real enough to me that i occasionally wanted to slap him for his idiocy.
However much I disliked Amir at times though, the story was always compelling and the writing good, although I think perhaps the author was a little heavy-handed with the dramatic irony now and then. And I probably learned more about the history and culture of Afghanistan from reading this book than from all the news reports I've seen. I shall definitely be looking out for more books by this author.