The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

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The #1 New York Times bestselling debut novel that introduced Khaled Hosseini to millions of readers the world over.
Amir and Hassan are childhood friends in the alleys and orchards of Kabul in the sunny days before the invasion of the Soviet army and Afghanistan's decent into fanaticism. Both motherless, they grow up as close as brothers, but their fates, they know, are to be different. Amir's father is a wealthy merchant; Hassan' s father is his manservant. Amir belongs to the ruling caste of Pashtuns, Hassan to the despised Hazaras.
This fragile idyll is broken by the mounting ethnic, religious, and political tensions that begin to tear Afghanistan apart. An unspeakable assault on Hassan by a gang of local boys tears the friends apart; Amir has witnessed his friend's torment, but is too afraid to intercede. Plunged into self-loathing, Amir conspires to have Hassan and his father turned out of the household.
When the Soviets invade Afghanistan, Amir and his father flee to San Francisco, leaving Hassan and his father to a pitiless fate. Only years later will Amir have an opportunity to redeem himself by returning to Afghanistan to begin to repay the debt long owed to the man who should have been his brother.
Compelling, heartrending, and etched with details of a history never before told in fiction, The Kite Runner is a story of the ways in which we're damned by our moral failures, and of the extravagant cost of redemption.
Publisher: Doubleday Canada

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S_ice
Jul 29, 2020

Summary:
Two boys named Hassan and Amir are more than just best friends. They are always together. However, there are many challenges since Hassan is Amir’s servant also. Since they were young, they have always been together: playing together by the pomegranate tree, flying kites together, but the fact that Hassan is a Hazara may change their relationship. What will their future be like? Will they always be together? Or will they choose different paths?

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Derik2me
Jul 10, 2020

2003 - 4.30

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usersjpl
Jul 07, 2020

A heart-wrenching tale about relationships and guilt, “The Kite Runner” is about two boys, Amir and Hassan, who live in the same household in Afghanistan but are separated by social classes. Their seemingly unbreakable bond breaks after a traumatising event, which affects Amir for the rest of his life, causing him to seek redemption. Something I appreciate in this book is how realistic it is. It does not sugarcoat a good life. It instead shows human response to difficult situations and how it affects them. This is a great book for readers who wish to learn more about Afghan culture. The author includes many details that illustrate life in Afghanistan, such as foods and traditions. People who are not comfortable reading about sexual abuse or violence should not read this book. However, I recommend this novel to those who wish to read themes about betrayal, redemption, friendship, and family. The vivid imagery and raw emotion will leave you emotional.
Star Rating: 3
Age Rating: 14+

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gippy011
Jul 06, 2020

The Kite Runner Review
The Kite Runner is a novel written by Khaled Hosseini with the story centering around a young man named Amir who’s apart of the Afghan upper class and his lower-class friend and servant Hassan as they navigate the life of a torn apart nation. This novel is an example of modern-day fiction done right. It’s really interesting to read and the characters and their relationship to each other is really compelling, Growth is an important aspect of the story as well as trying to do things better in the future. In the process, we get yet another look at the role of immigrants in America and what it’s like to live like them in American society. The lessons are very universal and at its root, it’s a family story with a core of family issues that everyone can relate to. In the backdrop is a changing setting from a torn Afghanistan. However, this novel might not be for younger people as there are some occurrences that may be too intense for young readers so I recommend readers to be in their mid-teens to fully understand.

5 out of 5 stars
Age Rating: 16-above

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ChrisyT
Apr 22, 2020

A masterfully written, coming of age book about love, betrayal, forgiveness and redemption. One of the best books I've ever read.

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lianaherman
Feb 10, 2020

I listened to the audiobook and it was fabulously done. That it was read by Khaled himself was led credibility to the story.

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lianaherman
Feb 09, 2020

I listened to the audiobook and it was fabulously done. That it was read by Khaled himself was led credibility to the story.

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Tony_Jeffers
Feb 09, 2020

Contains a rather graphic description of an eleven year old boy being raped !

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Anita_Dickey
Jan 11, 2020

i read this book as part of the 300 books everyone should read once. i'm not going to say I liked it. I found it very sad. It made me want to cry in several places. It is not suitable for children although an older teenager could probably read it. It is a well written book and interesting. just very sad.

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elyse0513
Dec 29, 2019

Friendship

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Panda186
Dec 05, 2017

Panda186 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

fatimax Mar 05, 2017

fatimax thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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KABuck
Aug 06, 2015

KABuck thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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MoonRiver5301
Apr 15, 2015

MoonRiver5301 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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eparti
Apr 03, 2015

eparti thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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Nymeria23
Jul 15, 2014

Nymeria23 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

SaveTheCat Jun 22, 2014

SaveTheCat thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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sumaiyah98
Mar 05, 2014

sumaiyah98 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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green_elk_25
Mar 04, 2014

green_elk_25 thinks this title is suitable for 1 years and over

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GabbyElizabeth thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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mperian1150
Nov 01, 2019

Other: sexual violence

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Panda186
Dec 05, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Multiple intense scenes frightening for younger children.

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Panda186
Dec 05, 2017

Sexual Content: Rape (not graphic) and other suggested instances of sexual content.

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Panda186
Dec 05, 2017

Violence: A few fight and murder scenes, some having to do with the Taliban.

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vv19
Dec 09, 2015

Sexual Content: rape of a child

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vv19
Dec 09, 2015

Violence: Murder and violence

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vv19
Dec 09, 2015

Coarse Language: Some obscene words used

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eparti
Apr 03, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A rape scene involving one of the main characters. Could be disturbing to some sensitive readers. As well as scenes suggesting forced child prostitution.

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eparti
Apr 03, 2015

Violence: Rape scene(s), stoning and hanging scenes may be disturbing to sensitive readers.

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eparti
Apr 03, 2015

Coarse Language: Coarse language is peppered throughout the novel. Some sensitive readers may find it offensive.

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KeenaL
Jun 16, 2016

For you a thousand times over.

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KABuck
Aug 06, 2015

"But I hope you will heed this: A man who has no conscience, no goodness, does not suffer. I hope your suffering comes to an end with this journey to Afghanistan."
(Hosseini, 315)

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wendyvoid
Jul 01, 2015

"For you, a thousand times over."

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eparti
Apr 03, 2015

"... but it's wrong what they say about the past, I've learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out." -'Amir'

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bookbabbles
Sep 13, 2014

"For you a thousand times over!" he said. Then he smiled his Hassan smile and disappeared around the corner. The next time I saw him smile unabashedly like that was twenty-six years later, in a faded Polaroid photograph.

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MinhThiNguyen
Jul 22, 2014

“There is only one sin. and that is theft... when you tell a lie, you steal someones right to the truth.”
― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

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MinhThiNguyen
Jul 22, 2014

“People say that eyes are windows to the soul.”
― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

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Nymeria23
Jul 15, 2014

“She said, 'I'm so afraid.' And I said, 'why?,' and she said, 'Because I'm so profoundly happy, Dr. Rasul. Happiness like this is frightening.' I asked her why and she said, 'They only let you be this happy if they're preparing to take something from you."

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LexiLou2
Jan 31, 2014

Then I realized something: that thought had brought no sting with it. Closing Sohrab's door, 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. [313]

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squinton
Jun 08, 2013

"It was only a smile, nothing more. It didn't make everything all right. It didn't make anything all right.

Only a smile. Any tiny thing. A leaf in the woods, shaking in the wake of a startled bird's flight.

But I'll take it. With open arms. Because when spring comes, it melts the snow one flake at a time, and maybe I just witnessed the first flake melting."

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MegK
May 11, 2010

When Amir and Hassan were young boys, Amir witnessed something horrible and did not step in to stop it. This causes him horrible guilt and ruins the friendship he had with Hassan. Years later, he has a chance to redeem himself, by returning to Afghanistan. But her realizes that this country is not the one he remembers from his childhood.

EPLPicks_Teen Mar 30, 2010

The story of friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul, Afghanistan and the act of cowardice that haunts one of them until he is able to atone for it, years later.

Lauren Jul 21, 2008

Two boys grow up together in Afghanistan. Amir is the son of a wealthy man, and Hassan is the son of their Hazara servant. Although the boys are initially inseparable, when Amir fails his unswervingly loyal friend, their friendship falls apart. This book follows Amir's life in the aftermath of this failure, during his quest "to be good again".

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Gracie
Oct 25, 2007

This is a book about a child growing up in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule.

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