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The Kite Runner (Alex Awards (Awards))
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The Kite Runner (Alex Awards (Awards)) (original 2003; edition 2007)

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Traces the unlikely friendship of a wealthy Afghan youth and a servant's son in a tale that spans the final days of Afghanistan's monarchy through the atrocities of the present day.
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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Author) (2003)

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"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." ( )
  jocelynchu | Aug 30, 2020 |
Worth Reading

I read Hosseini's "A Thousand Splendid Suns" before reading "The Kite Runner." Both books are exceptionally written. Hosseini has a unique ability for prose. He is able to describe scenes that would be difficult for other authors. This makes his reading extremely legible, even with the scattering of Farsi words included, which are good additions to the book.

Most of the characters in the book were very real and very three-dimensional. I cared very much for the characters on the periphery of their society, as well as the more well-to-do characters. The exception to the three-dimensional characters was the antagonist, who was a predictably unapologetic villain.

The reason I do not give "The Kite Runner" a five-star rating is because it fell off at the end. It became very predictable, both in the plot's direction and the character's actions. Hosseini wrote the final fourth of the book with the intention of wrapping things up heroically. It was just too predictable and the coincidences too unbelievable, although Hosseini explains in the book that such coincidences are unique to Afghans.

Nevertheless, the book gives a good insight into human nature: no matter our guilt, we can find redemption and we can be good. ( )
  mvblair | Aug 9, 2020 |
4.5/5
This was way better than I expected. I was almost certain I won't like it as I am not really a fan of bestselling sad stories.
This book wasn't that sad. To me at least. And that's a good thing because if it was I probably would've hated it. I was pleasantly surprised every few pages and couldn't predict much. Although after the half of the book was over, the story was very cliché.

My favourite character would be Amir's Baba. He is the badass in the story even though we don't get to see his badassary as much as I would've wanted.
I didn't like Amir very much. I am not really fond of people like him. I wasn't attached to him when he was a child and didn't felt for him even when he grew up feeling guilty. Amir is a coward and the only reason we think he might not be is because he is repenting. But eventually he is just saving himself of the guilt. Everybody does. There is nothing really great about his character. And I will say what everyone else was saying all through the book - He is lucky to be his Baba's son.

Hassan on the other hand, I wish I could've seen more of. His character was a little inexplored. His perspective, his feelings were missing and I could've loved it if they were there.
There were a lot of disappointing moments for other characters but becuase they were secondary to Amir, it wasn't really pressed upon.
All of this was, I think, because of Hosseini's writing style. He didn't really expressed the emotions well. If that element was added I would've given this book a 5.

But one thing is for sure, I wasn't bored. And that's all that matters. ( )
  AzuraScarlet | Aug 1, 2020 |
Reading this book is like riding a emotional roller coaster. It is so beautifully written, no wonder it becomes a modern classic in a few short years.
Bravo! ( )
  zhoud2005 | Jul 17, 2020 |
Kite Runner is honestly a racial torture porn book with the main character being disgusting and cruel for no reason beyond he's a coward. There's no real redemption or kindness for what happens to the servant boy best friend who does what's best for him and suffers, then has a kid who also suffers for the MC.

This book has aged awfully and I've entire essays about why this is another book that glorifies the suffering of other races and rape scenes with no redemption. Reading this book in college and as an adult you really just end up hating the main character, his problems are the focus, his small issues are the real drama. He suffers nothing but infertility and in the end he gets his servant's sexually abused son to raise on his own and that is somehow supposed to redeem him.

Kite Runner is about a selfish protagonist who gets what he needs and wants even if it destroys better people around him.

For better clarity on what I skip over to keep this mostly spoiler free, read these reviews:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/8947952?book_show_action=true
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/8947952?book_show_action=true#comment_6746...
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/12482687?book_show_action=true ( )
  Yolken | Jun 26, 2020 |
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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.
 

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Hosseini, KhaledAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Andolfo, MirkaIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Celoni, FabioIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bourgeois, ValérieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Horn, Miebeth vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jukarainen, ErkkiTranslatorsecondary 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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Traces the unlikely friendship of a wealthy Afghan youth and a servant's son in a tale that spans the final days of Afghanistan's monarchy through the atrocities of the present day.

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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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