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De vliegeraar van Kabul by Khaled Hosseini

De vliegeraar van Kabul (original 2003; edition 2003)

by Khaled Hosseini

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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.
Title:De vliegeraar van Kabul
Authors:Khaled Hosseini
Info:Amsterdam Cargo 2003
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Amir en Hassan zijn beste vrienden al van bij hun geboorte groeien en wonen ze samen.
Op en dag verraad Amir zijn goede vriend en is volgens hem hun vriendschap niet meer te redden.
Door de woelige strijd die er in Afghanistan plaats vind besluit de vader van Amir dat het beter is om te vluchten en komt Amir terecht in Amerika terwijl Hassan in Afghanistan achterblijft. Op een dag krijgt Amir telefoon van een oude kennis van zijn vader die hem vraagt om zijn fouten uit het verleden goed te maken.
Na een turbulente reis om Hassans te vinden en geconfronteerd te zijn met zijn verleden vind Amir vrede met zichzelf en kan hij Hassans zoon meenemen naar Amerika. ( )
  wendy.verbiest | Nov 25, 2023 |
Story set in recent Afghanistan and American history as told through the story of two boys, one Shia, one Sh'ite, who run Kites in pre-Taliban pre-Russian Afghanistan. Until something happens, and they both have to live with the consequences for the rest of their lives[return][return]Some of the scenes I read in this I remember seeing something similar on the internet, certainly footage from the football stadium that I found difficult to watch.
  nordie | Oct 14, 2023 |
Hmm. Hard to write a review for this one – as I’ve put off reading it for so long. My first glimpse of Afghanistan came in 2010 – and it was the nightmare Amir witnessed upon his return. As such, Hosseini’s representation of Afghanistan seems very stereotyped for me – especially in the last half of the book. As a white, female reader - I can’t claim to know what is what in Afghanistan – but I do know that not all Taliban are evil and not all Muslims are so defined by which branch of Islam they follow. This book almost perpetuates the stereotypical perspective most white, Westerners have of Afghanistan and of Islam.

I give The Kite Runner three stars for that reason (though I’d give it a 3.75 if I had the option). While the writing is solid – much of the fragmentation I experienced in reading the novel is not literary, but instead seems to be some uncertainty on the part of Hosseini in which part of the story to tell and in what order. While clichés are directly addressed in the novel itself – they still serve to distract the reader and interrupt the flow of story-telling.

I love that Hosseini gives a glimpse of a culture not many white readers will be familiar with. But I feel like the perspective of that culture is highly romanticized or fetishized in this novel.

Solid writing. Heart-wrenching narrative. Just not what I’d expect from such a highly-praised novel.

I would , however, still recommend giving it a read. ( )
  BreePye | Oct 6, 2023 |
A stand-alone contemporary novel, The Kite Runner was Khaled Hosseini’s impressive debut book. It’s a saga that spans a quarter-century and that is mostly about the main character of Amir and his journey, which makes it a little harder to synopsize, but I’ll do my best. The book begins when Amir is just a boy. He’s the son of a wealthy and well-connected businessman, living in an affluent neighborhood in Kabul, whose mother died in childbirth. They have two Hazara servants, Ali, who grew up alongside Amir’s father and is his most trusted right hand man, and Ali’s son, Hassan, who tends to Amir. Amir and Hassan often play with each other, and much like their fathers, are two motherless boys growing up together. Amir’s father, who he calls Baba, treats Hassan in such a way that Amir is sometimes a little jealous of him, and because Hassan is a servant and a Hazara (an ethnic minority), Amir tries to distance himself from him, even though they are technically the best of friends. The pair are sometimes bullied by neighborhood thugs, one in particular who is a real piece of work, but Hassan, who is masterful with a slingshot, always bravely protects Amir. The two also enjoy the annual kite fighting contest, in which Hassan is known as the best kite runner (boys who chase after kites that have been cut) in the city. When Amir is twelve years old in 1975, he wins the contest and Hassan goes after the last kite to be cut as the ultimate prize. However, Hassan doesn’t come back right away, and when Amir finds him, he’s with the bullies who’ve cornered him in an alley. Amir witnesses them committing the ultimate act of abuse against his life-long friend, but he’s too afraid to intervene. Afterward, Amir is so wracked with guilt that he can’t bear to be around Hassan who is a constant reminder of his own cowardice, so he ends up making a rather cruel and fateful decision that drives the other boy and his father away. Eventually Amir and Baba become refugees, fleeing the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and resettling in the U. S. Many years later, Baba’s former business partner, Rahim Kahn, contacts Amir, asking him to come visit him in Pakistan, where he reveals long-held family secrets and makes a request of Amir that will test him in ways he never would have imagined and calls on him to find the courage he lacked as a child and risk everything in order to find redemption.

Amir is the first-person narrator of the book, so the story is all about his journey. Even at a young age, he’s a complex and nuanced character. I think a part of him loves Hassan as a friend, but because of society’s dictates and the bullies’ prejudices, he’s also keenly aware of the differences in their stations and Hassan’s status as a second class citizen due to his ethnicity. Because of this, Amir keeps some walls up between them, but I think what really prevents him from fully embracing Hassan is his jealousy. Amir has a complicated and sometimes fraught relationship with his father and when Baba treats Hassan the way Amir wants to be treated, it makes him envious. Amir’s feelings in turn cause him to sometimes be unkind to Hassan even though Hassan is nothing but loyal and loving toward Amir. In fact, Hassan risks himself to protect Amir from the bullies, but when Amir fails to do the same for Hassan, and witnesses the bullies doing the unthinkable, he’s wracked with guilt and shame over his own cowardice. Afterward, their relationship is forever changed. Amir can barely even look at Hassan and does some things to him that are not easy to read about because it only seems to add insult to injury. A part of me had a hard time liking Amir at this point, but then I had to remind myself that he was only twelve and a child that age doesn’t really have the capacity to process something like what happened in a logical way. It also makes him into a person in need of absolution. When he learns the truth from Rahim, Amir is still reluctant, knowing that he’d probably be risking everything, including his life, to return to Afghanistan, but deep down he knows he couldn’t live with himself if he didn’t. This opens the door for a powerful redemption arc, at the end of which, I knew Amir was a better person for it. He’d faced down his demons and won, and in doing so, helped another human being who desperately needed him.

The Kite Runner is a beautifully written piece of literature, so great, in fact, that I can hardly believe it was Khaled Hosseini’s debut novel. As a writer myself, I can genuinely appreciate the work that went into crafting this masterpiece. This is a very character-driven story, and I can say without a doubt that the author is incredibly skillful at characterizations. He’s populated this story with individuals who are so vibrant and richly drawn that I feel like they actually exist somewhere in the world. Amir is an interesting POV character who is far from perfect, but who finds atonement for his past transgressions in a compelling and realistic way. Hassan is a beautiful soul with a kind and loyal heart, who clearly never stopped loving Amir even after all that happened, which is why the things that are done to him broke my heart into a million pieces. Even when Hassan isn’t on the page, he’s still a driving force in Amir’s life whether Amir realizes it or not. All of the other supporting characters, even the ones that don’t have a lot of page time are brought to vivid life, as well. The Kite Runner is a powerful and haunting saga that examines what it truly means to be a family. It also explores the concepts of love and honor, the fear that sometimes drives us to action or inaction, and the guilt that can result from those decisions. But ultimately it’s a story about facing our fears and finding courage, and in doing so, we may also find liberation from past mistakes. This was admittedly not an easy book to read. It’s a heart-wrenching story that sometime made me sad, but at the same time, it ends on a note that brings hope for the future, not only for the characters but also to the reader that, we, too, can find redemption for our own transgressions. As much as I really appreciated the characters and going on this journey with Amir, I also appreciated the beauty of the Afghan culture. I learned so much about that, as well as the history of Afghanistan from reading this book. It’s a story I won’t soon forget and one that I can wholeheartedly recommend to my fellow readers.

Note: This story contains both implied and one moderately descriptive scene of child rape, as well as suicidal ideation in a child, both of which could be distressing to sensitive readers. ( )
  mom2lnb | Sep 3, 2023 |
Too heartbreaking ( )
  schoenbc70 | Sep 2, 2023 |
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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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Baldelli, LuigiPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bourgeois, ValérieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Horn, Miebeth vanTranslatorsecondary 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.
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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