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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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.
My friend recommended this book. I enjoyed it. It was one of those books you could not put it down.Published 9 hours ago by B. Hess
This is a well-told tale with a gripping plot with surprise turns and developments. The writer obviousy knows his subjhect matter first hand, and therefore his writing is very... Read morePublished 14 hours ago by Jonathan D. Safren
This book was just as hard to pick up as it was to put down. By that, I mean that there were devastating heartbreaks in this book, but once I started reading, I just had to know... Read morePublished 14 hours ago by Sara B
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was deep, moving, and refreshing. I didn't put it down because it was engrossing, and well written.
I highly recommend it.
Been trying to finish this book for several months and still can't get into it..Published 3 days ago by Agnes Smithers