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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 have never felt such overwhelming emotions brought about by a fictional novel. Khaled Hosseini skillfully creates characters that befriend the reader, and other characters that... Read morePublished 4 hours ago by warren
This was an amazing story of redemption and change, following the life of a boy named Amir and his quest to rise above his beginnings.Published 11 hours ago by Sophia
What an extraordinary story. My mom has always said that a story based in truth makes the best story. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by Blueeyedshook
I left the book feeling exhausted, like I lived the story. Awesome, is a perfect word for this well written book!Published 1 day ago by G-NM06
I could not put this book down.It grabs you at the beginning and doesn't let go. i have often wondered what life in Afghanistan was like for the people there when Russia invaded... Read morePublished 3 days ago by C. Ramsay