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Khaled Hosseini

Author of The Kite Runner

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About the Author

Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan on March 4, 1965. He received a bachelor's degree in biology from Santa Clara University in 1988 and a medical degree from the University of California-San Diego's School of Medicine in 1993. He was a practicing internist from 1996 to 2004. While in show more medical practice, he began writing his first novel, The Kite Runner, which was published in 2003. His other books include A Thousand Splendid Suns and And the Mountains Echoed. In 2006, he was named a Goodwill Envoy to UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency. He established The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit that provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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The Patience Stone (2008) — Introduction, some editions — 579 copies
The Kite Runner [2007 film] (2007) — Original book — 161 copies
California Uncovered: Stories For The 21st Century (2005) — Contributor — 31 copies


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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini in Book talk (October 2019)


It is hard for me to put into words how much I loved this book. It has been quite a long time since I've read such a poignant portrayal of female friendship, bound by mutual pain and resentment, these two women form a bond that is both beautiful and heartbreaking.

I read Kite Runner years ago, so its hard to remember the particulars, but I think this book is a great companion piece. Kite Runner focused on the lives and tragedies of men growing up in Afghanistan in the years of Soviet rule & the rise of the Taliban. A Thousand Splendid Suns focuses on the women.

I think this a book I will go back to and read again, but first I have to let it sink in a bit more. I was quite sad to finish it.
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jenkies720 | 898 other reviews | Jun 7, 2024 |
This is not one story. It is many different narratives combined to fit a very inter-related story. Early in the book, some parts have very poor transitions as it becomes difficult to figure our the context of what the author is trying to say. The difficulty lies in jumping from different time lines without a clear description, or a statement of a flashback. It does become easier as the book progresses and the gaps fill in. This book has many valuable insights into many different societies. As this book has many different stories, the stories tell how different societies and people from different ages interact.… (more)
Eugene_Kernes | 325 other reviews | Jun 4, 2024 |
A book that follow's two Afghanistan women that represent a different, a more dynamic, Afghanistan. It shows a more pluralistic Afghanistan than is usually being portrayed in the media. The time line starts of during early 1970s which are relatively calm, peaceful times. Then a turn to war takes place, and Afghanistan becomes akin to a warlord state. In fact, based on the descriptions of warlords, it does become a warlord state. It is like following a country from what appears to be a market economy with many similarities with the so called Western economy, to a communist nation, and the inevitable rapid decline to war economy. A degrading of a country by a few hundred years, in a short few decades. This author is very good at creating many beginnings and ends in one single book. Many different climaxes arise.… (more)
Eugene_Kernes | 898 other reviews | Jun 4, 2024 |
I have so many thoughts but the loudest one is mostly just around exploitation of certain stories in fiction.
Moshepit20 | 898 other reviews | Jun 2, 2024 |


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