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The Kite Runner

Hosseini, Khaled (Book - 2004 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Kite Runner


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An epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, that takes us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the atrocities of the present. The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father's servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption, and it is also about the power of fathers over sons-their love, their sacrifices, their lies.
Authors: Hosseini, Khaled
Statement of Responsibility: Khaled Hosseini
Title: The kite runner
Publisher: New York :, Riverhead Books,, 2004, c2003
Edition: 1st Riverhead trade pbk. ed
Characteristics: x, 372 p. ;,21 cm.
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The kite runner revolves around the lives of two boys growing up in the city of Kabul during the 1970's. The two main characters are Amir, the son of a rich man and Hassan, his amazingly loyal servant. Every year there is an annual kite fighting tournament (hence the title) and this year Amir has a chance of winning, but will he sacrifice his friendship to win? I just finished this book and I still have mixed feelings about it. I've read reviews about this book and the thing is, people either love it or hate it. I feel like I fall between the cracks in this, maybe I just haven't read as many books as others to have a strong opinion on this book, or maybe I need a couple of days to think about the book and all the characters and then make my decision. It was a good read- not doubt about that, it showed love, compassion, forgiveness and redemption. It's just that somehow, I couldn't bring myself to like the protagonist, I just couldn't forgive him and I know this is ironic because throughout the entire book Amir feels guilty, and carries that burden with him everywhere. I think that is one of the main messages the author is trying to reveal to the reader, the importance of forgiveness, not just forgiving others because you can always swallow your pride and remember the pain is gone and forgive them, but forgiving yourself. It is knowing that we all make mistakes, that comes natural as human beings we aren't flawless, but it is acknowledging that mistake and trying to make things right is what is harder, and that is what Amir is trying to do in this book, learn from his mistake and try and make things better and maybe it's because he took so long to realise this that I don't love him as I do with most protagonists. I do have to say that this book does address some adult issues and it should be for people 14 years and older. Overall, the kite runner was an emotional book that had me smiling, biting my lip, and crying. One thing is for sure, Khaled Hosseini is an amazing author.

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  • Cheri_rishi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book has touched my heart for life. I think that the things that you remember throughout your life are the things that once moved you to tears. This book is one of such things. It's sweet, in a sad way. I read it a while ago, but I still remember it as clear as a crystal. Khaled Hosseini is awesome.

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  • EPLGreatStuff_Julie rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I was not a fan of the main character, and as such I wasn't able to appreciate this story as much as it deserved. I would still recommend this book. Hosseini is a brilliant writer and his books offer an intriguing glimpse into life in Afghanistan.

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  • KatrinaP rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One to add to my list of favourites. I had seen the movie when it came out but had never read the book. Hassan's character quickly found a place in my heart and his story and that of Amir had me turning pages then taking a break for a good cry. This is the third book I've read of Kahled's...I've read them in a bit of a higgledy piggledy order, and I think it is his best. The man can weave a story. I loved the contrasts in the book..the priveledged and the underpriveledged, Afghanistan before and after the Soviets and the Taliban, Afghans living in their country and those who had sought asylum in America. I have learnt so much and all in the context of a great yarn. And in the centre of the story lies a character with a fundamental flaw, upon which the story turns.

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  • sabrina9 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this book made me very emotional.

Loved this book coz it happens in Afghanistan and I speak their language so I understand it a lot better.

i LOVED this book!!! this book showed redemption and forgivness. Amir was a coward and his actions affected other around him. Amir never fprgive himslef and carried the guilt. He let his best friend Hossein get raped and he was a coward not to defend him. Amir leaves his country and goes to America and comes back years later and rfedeems himself by saving Hosseins son from the bully Asseff.

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  • WVMLBookClubTitles rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This poignant tale centres on the bond between two boys growing up in Kabul, a city on the brink of the Soviet invasion. Living in Afghanistan in the 1960s, Amir, the son of a successful businessman, enjoys a life of privilege that is shaped by his brotherly friendship with Hassan, his servant’s son—until a tragedy occurs that marks a turning point in both boys’ lives. Moving to the United States, where he realizes his dream of becoming a writer and marries the woman he loves, does not relieve Amir of his painful memories, and he will spend much of his life coming to terms with his boyhood act of cowardice, and seeking to make reparations.

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  • AtomicSpatula rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Best book I have read in a long time. Words can't even describe how well Hosseini describes the background, the characters, and the events in The Kite Runner. Well done.

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  • MegK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When Amir and Hassan were young boys, Amir witnessed something horrible and did not step in to stop it. This causes him horrible guilt and ruins the friendship he had with Hassan. Years later, he has a chance to redeem himself, by returning to Afghanistan. But her realizes that this country is not the one he remembers from his childhood.

The story of friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul, Afghanistan and the act of cowardice that haunts one of them until he is able to atone for it, years later.

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  • Lauren rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Two boys grow up together in Afghanistan. Amir is the son of a wealthy man, and Hassan is the son of their Hazara servant. Although the boys are initially inseparable, when Amir fails his unswervingly loyal friend, their friendship falls apart. This book follows Amir's life in the aftermath of this failure, during his quest "to be good again".

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This is a book about a child growing up in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule.

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Sexual Content: Rape of a minor

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Then I realized something: that thought had brought no sting with it. Closing Sohrab's door, I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded, not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night. [313]

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"It was only a smile, nothing more. It didn't make everything all right. It didn't make anything all right. Only a smile. Any tiny thing. A leaf in the woods, shaking in the wake of a startled bird's flight. But I'll take it. With open arms. Because when spring comes, it melts the snow one flake at a time, and maybe I just witnessed the first flake melting."

Assef knelt behind Hassan, put his hands on Hassan's hips and lifted his bare buttocks. He kept one hand on Hassan's back and undid his own belt buckle with his free hand. He unzipped his jeans. Dropped his underwear. He positioned himself behind Hassan.

"What a tight little sugary cunt she had!" the soldier was saying.

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pg. 202 "There is only what you do and what you don't do," I said. Rahim Khan laughed. "You sounded like your father just now. I miss him so much. But it is God's will, Amir jan. It really is." pg. 231 "I feel like a tourist in my own country," I said, taking in a goatherd leading a half-dozen emaciated goats along the side of the road. Farid snickered. Tossed his cigarette. "You still think of this place as your country?" pg. 244 Maneuvering the steering wheel with his mangled hand, he pointed to mud-hut villages along the way where he'd known people years before. Most of those people, he said, were either dead or in refugee camps in Pakistan. "And sometimes the dead are luckier", he said.

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  • FarisNour rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Sad stories make good books."

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  • Lauren rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"There is a way to be good again."

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  • Lauren rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"For you, a thousand times over."

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