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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.
Wow, what a powerful read - I sat and read the whole thing in a day; couldn't put it down.
The story of wealthy, motherless Amir, and his heart-rendingly faithful companion... Read more
This book made me cry a lot, which I hate to do, but it was good and it was interesting. I learned a lot about a different culture, which is always something that I like. Read morePublished 3 hours ago by Leslie M. Arno
Was waiting for this book and when I got it I didn't want to put it down. This book is awesome and I like the hardback coverPublished 14 hours ago by Wykil Abel
Pulls at your heart strings! Mistakes, forgiveness and redemption written with heart and soul. Great read. Leaves you longing to know more.Published 1 day ago by AMY F CODY
OH........Ohhh! I apologize for the gushing! I have been meaning to read this poignant and remarkable novel for the past decade. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
THE KITE RUNNER BY KHALED HOSSEINI - REVIEW
There are very few books which leave a lasting stamp on your mind for a long time. Read more
The protagonist, Amir, grows on the reader. At first, he seems too eager or forced in his yearning for release from his deliberate cruelty to Hassan who he recognizes as his best... Read morePublished 4 days ago by S.L.Richards