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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
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The Kite Runner (original 2003; edition 2004)

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.
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Title:The Kite Runner
Authors:Khaled Hosseini
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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (2003)

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its a heartbreaking story ,emotional ,motivational
  nehanaushad | Oct 20, 2021 |
The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of Afghanistan's monarchy through the Soviet military intervention
  AbeerShameem | Oct 20, 2021 |
science fiction
  hackedkiara | Oct 19, 2021 |
A novel worth reading...
Debutant Khaled Hosseini vividly tells a tale of courage, atonement, devotion and redemption through his narrator. The protagonist Amir's picturesque descriptions about his life demands the readers' senses to experience what he was experiencing.

It talks about the inter relationship between a nearly shattered family. The story of Amir and Hassan is so heart touching, at the same time it's so unfair that your cheeks ought to feel tears rolling down them as you read. This book has taught me to never judge a person... For everyone has their stories and their own share of vice and virtue that shapes them into who they are.

On reading this novel I had a major change in my perception about life... that situations may seem unfair sometimes but we need to be prepared to accept the reality and not let ourselves be deceived from witnessing the truth.

The best thing of all that the novel suggests is: A little courage against a wrong doing, an endeavour to brave the the dread is the purest virtue as a human.
  lubaba.hashmi | Oct 18, 2021 |
Overly reliant on coincidences as plot devices. Karmic justice applied excessively. Contrived; emotionally manipulative. Hard pass. ( )
  Katrana | Oct 13, 2021 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Hosseini, Khaledprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baldelli, LuigiPhotographersecondary authorsome 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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