The New York Times bestseller and international classic loved by millions of readers. The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father's servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons-their love, their sacrifices, their lies. A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.
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Hosseini's stunning debut novel starts as an eloquent Afghan version of the American immigrant experience in the late 20th century, but betrayal and redemption come to the forefront when the narrator, a writer, returns to his ravaged homeland to rescue the son of his childhood friend after the boy's parents are shot during the Taliban takeover in the mid '90s. Amir, the son of a well-to-do Kabul merchant, is the first-person narrator, who marries, moves to California and becomes a successful novelist. But he remains haunted by a childhood incident in which he betrayed the trust of his best friend, a Hazara boy named Hassan, who receives a brutal beating from some local bullies. After establishing himself in America, Amir learns that the Taliban have murdered Hassan and his wife, raising questions about the fate of his son, Sohrab. Spurred on by childhood guilt, Amir makes the difficult journey to Kabul, only to learn the boy has been enslaved by a former childhood bully who has become a prominent Taliban official. The price Amir must pay to recover the boy is just one of several brilliant, startling plot twists that make this book memorable both as a political chronicle and a deeply personal tale about how childhood choices affect our adult lives. The character studies alone would make this a noteworthy debut, from the portrait of the sensitive, insecure Amir to the multilayered development of his father, Baba, whose sacrifices and scandalous behavior are fully revealed only when Amir returns to Afghanistan and learns the true nature of his relationship to Hassan. Add an incisive, perceptive examination of recent Afghan history and its ramifications in both America and the Middle East, and the result is a complete work of literature that succeeds in exploring the culture of a previously obscure nation that has become a pivot point in the global politics of the new millennium.
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1 . Opened my mind to another culture
Posted August 11, 2010 by maggie , salem ma.Wonderful story, great read. Opened my mind to another culture and how people are the same everywhere.
2 . One of my favorite books of all time helped me understand alot about the middle east
Posted August 11, 2010 by Deb T , Palm Beach Gardens , FloridaGrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat Book
3 . I hated the main character
Posted June 19, 2010 by booklover , Firestone, COI hated the main character in this book, but I loved the writing style so much I continued reading. I have suggested this book to several people and no-one has been disappointed. This book taught me that although we live in different areas, and we are strangers we all love. Read this book and have your older children read this book. Don't miss it.
4 . A page turner
Posted April 19, 2010 by txazn08 , Houston, TXI really enjoyed this book. It was informative, humorous, heartbreaking, and poignant. The characters are vivid, memorable, loveable, and despicable. I highly recommend this book.
5 . Wow!
Posted January 18, 2010 by JM , WyomingThis book is beautifully written. It has excitement, drama, reality, and insight but it is not so gory or graphic that it leaves you with nightmares.
6 . Sit and read until you're finished
Posted March 04, 2009 by Mary LeVan , Lebanon, PAFound this book to be riveting. Can imagine this occurring. Finished this book and though it's listed as fiction, realized that somewhere in this world there are families and people like this.
7 . Really good
Posted July 02, 2008 by mbgyulay , Milwaukee, WIThank you, Mr Hosseini. An excellent book about the human condition. Since the main character is a man, he wrote in the first person. In some ways, much starker than Thousand Splendid Suns.
April 26, 2004
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