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The Kite Runner

477 Ratings: 3.0
A 2003 novel by Khaled Hosseini.

The Kite Runner is a novel by the author Khaled Hosseini. Published in 2003 by Bloomsbury Publishing plc, it is Hosseini's first novel, and was adapted into a film of the same name in 2007. The Kite Runner tells the story of Amir, a young boy from … see full wiki

Author: Khaled Hosseini
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Date Published: June 2003
ISBN: ISBN 1-59448-000-1
73 reviews about The Kite Runner
review by . April 18, 2010
What an extraordinary debut novel! "The Kite Runner" is two successes for the price of one - a compelling contemporary history of the travails of poverty-stricken, war torn Afghanistan and a heart-wrenching poignant family history touching on friendship, love, loyalty, culture shock, ethnicity, character, cowardice and bravery.       Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant and a Sunni Moslem. Hassan, the son of his father's servant, definitely born on the proverbial …
review by . June 23, 2010
This book was great in the beginning and the end. The middle got a little long. It is a very descriptive book. That is good in some cases and terrible in others. For example, I hated when the bullies did a little something to the servant (not using names or any details in case of a spoiler). I'm kind of queasy when it comes to that kind of thing. It was gross. I had trouble reading past that but had to because it was for school. My friend that was in my class thought the same thing. He thought …
review by . June 20, 2010
   I first read this book for a college class that i was attending. The book at first wasn't appealing at all. It looked long, but i had no choice but to read it. So i began and soon i was addicted to the book. I couldn't stop reading it. The book has a great plot with a touch of Afghanistan history in it. The story was great but before the book was discussed in class i didn't realize that there was a lot of other stuff within the story like the history, symbolism and stuff …
review by . June 15, 2010
An inspirational novel that truly captures the spirit of a boy growing up in war torn Afghanistan.  The author makes it easy to understand the traditions and lifestyle of the countrymen, while expressing the dangerous, exciting journey of one young Afghan.  The emotions of the protagonist and supporting characters can be felt through the words on the pages. The movie doesn't do as great of a job portraying the beauty of the culture because it focuses too much on the details of the …
review by . July 14, 2010
  Even I–who usually tries to steer clear of the groupthink of bestseller lists and the like–was vaguely familiar with Hosseini and his book The Kite Runner. Its major selling point for me was that it was about Afghanistan, a country I know little about except that which is fed to us via news services. Apparently this book has sold over 10 million copies, and that doesn’t include me, as I bought The Kite Runnersecondhand. Hosseini has written one subsequent …
review by . June 21, 2010
Being multicultural myself, I have always been drawn to books that tell me about other countries and cultures, life experiences that are very different than mine. With current events what they are, I felt especially drawn to this book, The Kite Runner, a first novel by Khaled Hosseini, born in Kabul, Afghanistan, but living in the United States since 1980. Like so many Americans, I know little of this country, even as we are deeply embroiled in its affairs. I wanted to learn, to see, to better understand. &nbs …
Quick Tip by . October 01, 2010
This one really brought a different world and its issues into focus and brought them to life.
Quick Tip by . August 25, 2010
A powerful novel that is worth every second it takes to read it.
review by . June 16, 2010
I'm not kidding this is one of the best books I have ever read! The author does an amazing job with imagery, characterization, and plot to paint a beautiful, but painful picture of life in the middle east for a young boy who is torn between saving himself and saving others. The book is a page turner, and Im not going to lie, it is very emotional, and you might just find tears falling off your face. A great great book!
review by . June 04, 2010
In my opinion this was a well written book and a good story. i read it once in high school and then re read it years later. You can tell that the author really speaks from his heart in this story. It is a tragic tale that ends with redemption and what i thought to be if not happy at least a satisfactory ending.
review by . July 15, 2010
The book starts of introducing 2 boys Amir and Hassan, the book revolves around the fact that Amir flies a kite and how when he win's how Hassan protects his kite. Amir win's his fathers affection when winning the kite competition but it make him have both mixed feelings when his friend is holding the kite and an older bully named Assef trys to take  it, how he defends his friends winning kite with his life.This book show how when younger a person is immature and scared as a child but …
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
I guess it was okay, but the narrative just seemed too clean... I didn't really like how everything is so perfectly resolved.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
Wonderful! A Thousand Splendid Suns by Hosseini was even better if that's possible!
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
What an eye opener!!! This book gives great insight into middle eastern culture while telling a gripping and heart wrenching story. A must read.
Quick Tip by . July 11, 2010
A hard book to read. Painful story but so well written.
Quick Tip by . July 08, 2010
Great book! Fantastic story and brilliant prose. A must read for anyone trying to undersstand Afganistan.
Quick Tip by . July 08, 2010
The Kite Runner was a nice experience as an audio book.
Quick Tip by . July 08, 2010
This was a good book but very sad. I think the main character was a wimp!
Quick Tip by . July 07, 2010
That scene where Amir watches and is too scared to aid Hassan is priceless. For me this book was too emotional. It left me feeling much like a roller coaster that doesn't give you enough time to pause and savor the terror you are about to experience. It just had too many power emotional events which also left it feeling over done to me. I still liked the story but I have yet to read any more of Mr. Hosseini's stories because of this "emotional wringer" syndrome.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
Good insight onto a historical fiction book about Afghanistan
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
One of my favorite books. Tells such an incredible story. Parts of it were sad and hard to read, but overall it is a great tale. MUST READ!
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
A great look into another culture. Shows you a side of the country that the tv war news doesn't
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Really opened my eyes to the life and horrors in Afghanistan
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
This book is about friendship, sacrifice, exploration and a different world (for us at least)
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
A good but very disturbing book...
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