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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.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2004, c2003
Edition: 1st Riverhead trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 1594480001
9781594480003
Branch Call Number: FIC H
Characteristics: x, 372 p. ; 21 cm.

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Nov 09, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Tragedy and melodrama--a bit overdone for my taste, but a powerful story with strong characters in extreme ethical dilemmas.

Jul 18, 2014
  • kakright rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I knew of a lot of people that read this book, but hadn't heard much about it, so I took a chance. I loved it - thought it was very suspenseful, and had a hard time putting it down. Definitely would recommend this to others.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "This book is extremely well written! I like how the author incorporated the historical/political situations into the story. The relationship between the main characters Amir and Hassan create an intricate story in which reader can reread and find interesting themes/messages. Extremely well written!"

Jul 15, 2014
  • Nymeria23 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow. Not what I was expecting. I picked up this book, not hoping for much, but within the first couple chapters, my focus was captured by these pages. I didn't want to put it down. It was one of the most tragic, heartbreaking, hardest books I've ever read. This book definitely isn't for the faint of heart. I was left in awe for a lot of it, not believing what I had just read, trying to wrap my brain around the changing, twisting plot. The perfect book encompassing guilt and redemption. An incredible read, not my normal choice of topic, but amazing all the same.

Jun 26, 2014
  • White_Tiger_37 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

AMAZING book.

Jun 22, 2014
  • SaveTheCat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Kite Runner is the best book I have read, so far. It is a roller coaster of emotions. Definitely a book that you will always remember. A must read

This book is exceptional.It captures every emotion ever known to humans.Its worth a summer read

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.

Dec 08, 2013
  • 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.

Nov 10, 2013
  • 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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Jul 15, 2014
  • Nymeria23 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 09, 2014
  • red_ant_980 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Jun 22, 2014
  • SaveTheCat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 10, 2013
  • GabbyElizabeth rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Apr 14, 2013
  • shallowriver rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 08, 2012
  • theresaannalee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 05, 2011
  • re_discover rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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"For you a thousand times over!" he said. Then he smiled his Hassan smile and disappeared around the corner. The next time I saw him smile unabashedly like that was twenty-six years later, in a faded Polaroid photograph.

“There is only one sin. and that is theft... when you tell a lie, you steal someones right to the truth.”
― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“People say that eyes are windows to the soul.”
― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

Jul 15, 2014
  • Nymeria23 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“She said, 'I'm so afraid.' And I said, 'why?,' and she said, 'Because I'm so profoundly happy, Dr. Rasul. Happiness like this is frightening.' I asked her why and she said, 'They only let you be this happy if they're preparing to take something from you."

Jan 31, 2014
  • LexiLou2 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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]

Jun 08, 2013
  • squinton rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"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.

Jun 18, 2012
  • pplarel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Feb 21, 2010
  • FarisNour rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Sad stories make good books."

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Jul 15, 2014
  • Nymeria23 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Stoning, beatings, attempted suicide

Sexual Content: Rape of a minor

Jul 05, 2011
  • re_discover rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

Jul 05, 2011
  • re_discover rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Rape

Feb 10, 2011
  • imaginethat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Feb 10, 2011
  • imaginethat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

Nov 11, 2008
  • Noctifer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Nov 11, 2008
  • Noctifer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

Nov 11, 2008
  • Noctifer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Jul 21, 2008
  • Lauren rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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May 11, 2010
  • 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.

Jul 21, 2008
  • 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".

Oct 25, 2007
  • Gracie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

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