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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.
Loved it, a book that takes you easily into its world and all the emotions that entails.Published 22 minutes ago by Miriam Thomas
A very powerful read. Can't wait to read more of Khaled Hosseini stories based in his homelandPublished 1 day ago by Greg T
What do you call a book that moves you to tears? What do you call a book that opens your heart and mind? Very few books that i have read have forced so many emotions to surface. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Keimar1999
I enjoyed the Kite Runner very much - a story that touches the heart and reminds us that in times of darkness and despair there is light, forgiveness and love.Published 5 days ago by Kirsten Family