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The Kite Runner (2003)

by Khaled Hosseini

Other authors: Mirka Andolfo (Illustrator), Fabio Celoni (Illustrator)

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Khaled Hosseini was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan and his first novel "The Kite Runner" invites the reader into the heart of the exotic middle eastern Muslim world. The book cover offers a series of accolades using descriptive words like: haunting, powerful, riveting, unforgettable, extraordinary, and astonishing. "The Kite Runner" is truly all these things.... and more.

As the story begins, it is 2001 and the protagonist Amir is a successful writer, happily married, living in San Francisco. Amir receives a phone call from an old acquaintance beckoning him to come back to the world of his childhood to handle a crisis.

When Amir left Afghanistan in 1981 he was a teenager, escaping the Russian invasion - he and his well-to-do father fled leaving all their worldly belongings behind. Amidst chaos and destruction they made their way to America. Unfortunately, history was not kind to Amir’s homeland. When the Russians were eventually chased out by muslim jihadist guerrilla fighters (the Taliban) things only got worse. The Taliban had Nazi mentality - confiscating land, banning all actions and activities that contradicted their strict warped sense of religions law and social order. They practiced routine brutality for the merest violation - something as harmless as speaking too loud in public. They were also guilty of ethnic cleansing and mass murder.

Amir vividly recalls his childhood - before all the trouble began, the pleasures he took for granted: the luxurious home, the comfort of having servants, the sumptuous food, the scent of the sweet flowering trees, the beauty of the countryside, the joy of playing with his best friend Hassan. Especially the annual tradition of the kite festival.

Leaving that world behind to migrate to the Untied States they struggled from day to day for food and shelter. And as time passed, they adjusted. Amir thought that was all behind him now, and frankly, some things happened in Afghanistan that he would rather not remember. Horrible things. Things he is now ashamed of. But life has a funny way of seeking retribution, many times offering circumstances that give one the opportunity to find redemption... and that is what Amir seeks as he heads back to his homeland Afghanistan.

Aside from revealing intimate details about everyday customs in the Muslim household, and the culture of Afghanistan and Pakistan, between the years of 1970 and 2001 - the reader views the evolution of the peaceful prosperous area deteriorating to a war torn country with bombed out buildings with starving homeless citizens. The story brings faces to the enemy, and sympathy for the innocent victims. Themes include the priceless value of family and traditions. And the ever present opposing forces of good and evil. "The Kite Runner" is a heartbreaking story of one man’s journey to find his own inner peace amidst all the chaos. ( )
  LadyLo | Feb 6, 2017 |
Woww, this book is like an experience. I felt it was also like those screens in the stock market or the heart monitor. There are those moments when feel like the journey's not worth it, and it again picks up, brings you back with such force and an interest... It truly makes you feel that it's worth staying on the path, do that for some more time and you shall see the light
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Thank you Khaled, I don't know if it's appropriate to use jan here, if it is then, Thank you Khaled jan. :) ( )
  Swaroop101 | Jan 23, 2017 |
I learned about life and customs in Afghanistan before the war and how that changed. Gifted author who is down to earth and easy to read. Wonderful story. ( )
  Rascalstar | Jan 21, 2017 |
OMG I love this book. It broke my heart repeatedly. Hassan has to be one of the greatest characters ever, a true angel. I love Amir's journey even though it was so painful. This is a book that needs to be read by everyone. Beautiful, beautiful, wonderful story. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
OMG I love this book. It broke my heart repeatedly. Hassan has to be one of the greatest characters ever, a true angel. I love Amir's journey even though it was so painful. This is a book that needs to be read by everyone. Beautiful, beautiful, wonderful story. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
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The Kite Runner begins in Afghanistan with a boy named Amir and his father living happy but after the threat of Soviet forces they flee to America then soon after in the book, Amir's father dies. Later on in the story Amir is wedded to his wife but then he is called upon by his fathers old friend to return to Afghanistan and then later on he ends up saving a boy, the son of a child hood friend, named Sohrab and that gives Amir his redemption
added by CRosss | editLos Angeles Times, Cameron.Ross (Sep 10, 2014)
 
The Kite Runner is about the price of peace, both personal and political, and what we knowingly destroy in our hope of achieving that, be it friends, democracy or ourselves.
added by mikeg2 | editThe Observer, Amelia Hill (Sep 7, 2003)
 
At times, the book suffers from relentless earnestness and somewhat hackneyed descriptions. But Hosseini has a remarkable ability to imprison the reader in horrific, shatteringly immediate scenes... The result is a sickening sensation of complicity.
added by Shortride | editTime, Aryn Baker (Sep 1, 2003)
 
This powerful first novel, by an Afghan physician now living in California, tells a story of fierce cruelty and fierce yet redeeming love.
 
Khaled Hosseini was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan and his first novel "The Kite Runner" invites the reader into the heart of the exotic middle eastern Muslim world. The book cover offers a series of accolades using descriptive words like: haunting, powerful, riveting, unforgettable, extraordinary, and astonishing. "The Kite Runner" is truly all these things.... and more.

As the story begins, it is 2001 and the protagonist Amir is a successful writer, happily married, living in San Francisco. Amir receives a phone call from an old acquaintance beckoning him to come back to the world of his childhood to handle a crisis.

When Amir left Afghanistan in 1981 he was a teenager, escaping the Russian invasion - he and his well-to-do father fled leaving all their worldly belongings behind. Amidst chaos and destruction they made their way to America. Unfortunately, history was not kind to Amir’s homeland. When the Russians were eventually chased out by muslim jihadist guerrilla fighters (the Taliban) things only got worse. The Taliban had Nazi mentality - confiscating land, banning all actions and activities that contradicted their strict warped sense of religions law and social order. They practiced routine brutality for the merest violation - something as harmless as speaking too loud in public. They were also guilty of ethnic cleansing and mass murder.

Amir vividly recalls his childhood - before all the trouble began, the pleasures he took for granted: the luxurious home, the comfort of having servants, the sumptuous food, the scent of the sweet flowering trees, the beauty of the countryside, the joy of playing with his best friend Hassan. Especially the annual tradition of the kite festival.

Leaving that world behind to migrate to the Untied States they struggled from day to day for food and shelter. And as time passed, they adjusted. Amir thought that was all behind him now, and frankly, some things happened in Afghanistan that he would rather not remember. Horrible things. Things he is now ashamed of. But life has a funny way of seeking retribution, many times offering circumstances that give one the opportunity to find redemption... and that is what Amir seeks as he heads back to his homeland Afghanistan.

Aside from revealing intimate details about everyday customs in the Muslim household, and the culture of Afghanistan and Pakistan, between the years of 1970 and 2001 - the reader views the evolution of the peaceful prosperous area deteriorating to a war torn country with bombed out buildings with starving homeless citizens. The story brings faces to the enemy, and sympathy for the innocent victims. Themes include the priceless value of family and traditions. And the ever present opposing forces of good and evil. "The Kite Runner" is a heartbreaking story of one man’s journey to find his own inner peace amidst all the chaos.
 

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Khaled Hosseiniprimary authorall editionscalculated
Andolfo, MirkaIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Celoni, FabioIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bourgeois, ValérieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Horn, Miebeth vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Middelthon, Elisabet W.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Murillo Fort, IsabelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Naujokat, AngelikaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nilsson, JohanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vaj, IsabellaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Werner, HoniCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Windgassen, MichaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This book is dedicated to
Haris and Farah, both
the noor of my eyes,
and to the children
of Afghanistan.
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I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975.
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I see now that Baba was wrong, there is a God, there always had been. I see Him here, in the eyes of the people in this corridor of desperation. This is the real house of God, this is where those who have lost God will find Him, not the white masjid, with its bright diamond lights and towering minarets. There is a God, there has to be, and now I will pray, I will pray that He forgive that I have neglected Him all of these years, forgive that I have betrayed, lied, and sinned with impunity only to turn to him in my hour of need.
For you, a thousand times over.
I see America has infused you with the optimism that has made her so great.
"But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted by a lie".
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This novel presents life in Afghanistan before the revolution and the Russian invasion. The author describes the customs and culture of the Afghan people and the difficulty of immigrants trying to adapt to American life. Most of all, this is a story of friendship, family, betrayal, and redemption. There are intense images, but the book is very powerful and well-written. The 2007 movie was based on this book.
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In his debut novel, The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini accomplishes what very few contemporary novelists are able to do. He manages to provide an educational and eye-opening account of a country's political turmoil--in this case, Afghanistan--while also developing characters whose heartbreaking struggles and emotional triumphs resonate with readers long after the last page has been turned over. And he does this on his first try.

The Kite Runner follows the story of Amir, the privileged son of a wealthy businessman in Kabul, and Hassan, the son of Amir's father's servant. As children in the relatively stable Afghanistan of the early 1970s, the boys are inseparable. They spend idyllic days running kites and telling stories of mystical places and powerful warriors until an unspeakable event changes the nature of their relationship forever, and eventually cements their bond in ways neither boy could have ever predicted. Even after Amir and his father flee to America, Amir remains haunted by his cowardly actions and disloyalty. In part, it is these demons and the sometimes impossible quest for forgiveness that bring him back to his war-torn native land after it comes under Taliban rule. ("...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.")

Some of the plot's turns and twists may be somewhat implausible, but Hosseini has created characters that seem so real that one almost forgets that The Kite Runner is a novel and not a memoir. At a time when Afghanistan has been thrust into the forefront of America's collective consciousness ("people sipping lattes at Starbucks were talking about the battle for Kunduz"), Hosseini offers an honest, sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, but always heartfelt view of a fascinating land. Perhaps the only true flaw in this extraordinary novel is that it ends all too soon. --Gisele Toueg

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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.… (more)

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