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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I bought this book for my summer AP Lit reading assignment, and it quickly became my favorite book. A great read with awesome character development. i definitely recommend it!Published 5 hours ago by Enmanuel Gallardo
I have not had time to read this book yet but I love this author.
I will be giving this one as a Christmas gift and have purchased the 3 book set for myself to get into once... Read more
My son had to read this book for a class he is taking. He said it was very good and finished it quickly. Read morePublished 4 days ago by JaDee Dolphin
This book was heartbreaking, kept me reading. It's a beautiful story of pain, guilt and eventually forgiveness.
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I loved this book. It put a "face" and a personality to Afghanistan and personally developed a connection between the reader and the story. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Jordy Lamb
Some small gaps in continuity, but great book. There are some in my local area who want the book banned, primarily based on "graphic homosexual content". Hogwash. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Booknut