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The Kite Runner

A 2003 novel by Khaled Hosseini.

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More like a thrilling movie, than a novel.

  • Dec 9, 2008
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This is hands down the best book I have ever read. So many times you hear people say that they've read a book that they can't put down, but this is the only one I could truly say that about. For about a week, I took it everywhere I went. Few books have gripped me the way Kite Runner did on so many levels. Some of the themes running through it include love, hatred, romance, violence, history, family and friendship; just to name a few. This is also probably the only book I've read that I actually feel like I stepped away from having learned something. Many people throughout the world see a view of Afghanistan and Muslims that is very skewed because of the media. However, I felt like Kite Runner gave a good of the history of Afghanistan over the last 50 years. I learned more about where Afghanistan has come from over the last half-century and how they got there.

I don't want to divulge too many details, but the book tells the story of two young boys growing up together in Afghanistan, one who comes from a wealthy family and one who comes from a rather poor family. The story leads up to their town's popular annual Kite Running Competition; hence the name. One of the boys (Amir) ends up escaping to America with his father due to violence in Afghanistan. The story then jumps several years, telling the story of how Amir finds his way back to Afghanistan.

Although, it may seem that Kiterunner starts off slowly, it really builds up to an exciting and thrilling story. After reading the book, I went to see the movie, which was excellent as well. I highly recommend both of them, if not for an education, then for entertainment value.

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December 09, 2008
Yeah the movie is great, it's kind of long but it captures the book well I felt like.
 
December 09, 2008
Also I haven't watched the movie yet but since you loved it after reading the book - I think i'm going to watch it!
 
December 09, 2008
Your headline pretty much sums up everything I feel about the book!
 
December 09, 2008
Omg, I totally thought this was the best book I've read in a LONG time! It was also the campus book project chosen reading at my university one year. Then I read "A Thousand splendid suns" .. and let me tell you, it was 10 times better... I go around recommending it to everyone that's read Kite Runner cuz I feel they'll be even MORE impressed (hard to imagine.. just read it!) haha. Enjoy!
 
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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.
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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 the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, who betrayed his best friend Hassan, the son of his father's Hazara servant, and lives in regret. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of the monarchy in Afghanistan through the Soviet invasion, the mass exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime.

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ISBN-10: 1594480001
ISBN-13: 978-594480003
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Date Published: June 2003
ISBN: ISBN 1-59448-000-1
Format: Paperback
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