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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.
Been trying to finish this book for several months and still can't get into it..Published 1 day ago by Agnes Smithers
Cannot get any better than this. This book makes you aware of the joys of having a reading habit.
The author takes you through the turbulent history of Afghanistan. Read more
One of my all time favorites. Fantastic writer. Keeps you on the edge and very
I love "The Kite Runner." It's a fascinating perspective--told by a boy that fled Afghanistan as a child; the book has a scene that you can never erase from your memory,... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Dylan J Nagy
Started on a very high note, but becomes predictable and melodramatic towards the end. Good narrative of erstwhile Afghanistan.Published 3 days ago by Ashwini Deodeshmukh
I need this book for my graduation requirement, I did well, and really enjoyed the book.Published 5 days ago by C.P