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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, epic, extraordinary debut novel, October 9, 2003
This review is from: The Kite Runner (Hardcover)
I read 2-3 books a week, and this is without a doubt my favorite of this year. No, I'll go further: it's one of maybe 8-10 books I'd choose to take to a deserted isle. I've put The Kite Runner directly into the hands of perfect strangers in book stores and said, "Read this one."
In a nutshell, Amir, the son of a well-to-do Afghani , has a best friend, Hassan, who is the illiterate child of Amir's father's long-time servant. Both children are motherless. A horrific event, a secret kept, the loss of personal honor, and a lie come between the boys. From that rift, the story moves forward as Amir and his father emigrate to California, where Amir matures, marries, and becomes a successful writer, but is still plagued by those old sins and lies. Then comes a revelation of still one more long-held secret that sets Amir on a return trip to Afghanistan (now under the worst years of Taliban dominance) to rescue Hassan's child. Author Hosseini doesn't shy from one iota of unpleasantness, and the result is a book with a perfect narrative arc, a sterling story line, unforgettable characters, and and and and... I had the opportunity to meet the author very briefly (just to shake his hand and gush a bit about his extraordinary book) at Books by the Bay in San Francisco and am delighted to report that he is charming, approachable, and thoroughly engaging. He deserves all the accolades that are coming his way.
Buy The Kite Runner. Read it. Then go back to the store and buy 2 more signed 1st editions - one to keep as an investment and one to give to your best friend.
...what a fine book!
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Initial post: Oct 26, 2011 5:08:16 AM PDT
The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns were two of the best books I have ever read in my entire lifetime of 55 years. I read each in one sitting. I simply could not put them down.

Posted on Mar 25, 2012 10:12:02 AM PDT
Sgt. Hartman says:
Thanks for your overwhelmingly positive and convincing review of this book. I am starting this book in a few days and look forward to a great read....well done!

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 6:14:43 PM PDT
Edgar I. says:
What Are your 3 top favorite books besides this one?
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