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The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini X
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
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    Jun 2003, 368 pages
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    Apr 2004, 384 pages

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Sarah

Array of Issues
This book is absolutely brilliant. For all those avid book readers, please don't miss out on reading this. Racism, wealth, classes of people, and many other issues are brought up in this book, and they are all of significance. Get your hands on a copy of this, because you wont be able to put it down once you do!
Denise

Amazing
This book, this writer has captured my mind and heart in every way. I am usually very turned off my books I don't feel I will be interested in, I stick to true crime. But when I read this book the way he wrote it captured my imagination, I could see the characters, cried when I imagined what Hassan went through and his son. This book is truly captivating, I had to read A Thousand Splendid Suns and it was equally riveting. I have recommended this book to everyone I know and I hope people get a chance to become a part of this writer. All in all next to his 2nd book this is the best book I have ever read.
Aaron

Very Delightful Book
Kite Runner was one of the best books I have ever read. This story pulled me in; it was hard to put the book down. It can be difficult for me to become this absorbed in a story set in an unfamiliar culture. Who would have ever thought that I would ever read this kind of a book? However, this book is so well written, that I had no problem relating to the characters or understanding it. At times, the violence was very disturbing. I would caution young readers and anyone with a trauma history due to the violence. Other than those difficult parts, I enjoyed the rest of the story and would probably read it again. During the reading I learned and understood more about Afghan culture & contemporary events there. The main plot centers on two boys who grow up together and brings in the important parts of: striving for parental approval, competition, family secrets, abandonment, disappointment, personal failings, racism, war, and poverty, strength of character, aging, illness, injury & personal growth. The biggest disappointment would have been the way a marriage relationship is not developed, & the female character undeveloped. In this instance, the entire story is from a male perspective, & females are nearly nonexistent, kind of like the Taliban’s women. The main characters wife is not really mentioned, only when they can’t get a child, and when he calls her every once and a while. I would read this book again and maybe some more of the author’s books. It was a great read.
Vivek Anand

Kaleidoscope of Emotions
This amazing book is full with drama with war torn Afghanistan in the backdrop, takes reader to ups and downs of emotional cycle- it is a kaleidoscope of raw emotions. Whether its hate, friendship, betrayal, separation, cruelty or hope, the book touches depths and heights of every emotion.

Hassan and Amir are both symbol of two extremes of human nature and both are at the top and bottom rung of social order, Hassan keeps surprising the reader with his inner strengths whereas, with all the good fortunes, Amir fails to show any except at the end when he decided to bring Soharab home. They both are inseparable till the end of the novel and in some way or other Hassan was there as if he was never gone from the canvas.

This book is a simple read and written in a narrative style. I have found that authors with English as second language write simple read books and somehow they have better capability to arouse emotions. I have read some books from Indian Authors and I have found the same. I haven’t seen the movie, but just by reading the book, I can tell that the Kite Runner movie will be as powerful English Patient.

-Vivek
saqib rashid

shades of genius
Well if this is not sheer brilliance, I wonder what it is then. So beautifully told,so much care given to the details its almost a classic. I use the word 'almost' as according to me there is one little glitch in the basic story outline. It's that why Hassan tells his father and Rahim Khan that Amir Agah had seen the horrible act perpetrated on him by Assef when he is being shown as a boy who has unfailing loyalty, undying love towards his master, his friend Amir. I had to talk of this loophole as I would have stolen your right to know about it had I not done so. But if I forget this, then its one of the best works i have gone through and one which has perhaps etched a permanent place in my mind.
Bre Gibson

Kite Runner :)
I was kinda of ify to read this book, because it was so long and I'm not really into these kind of books but I'm glad I sat down and read it. Because this book is so powerful I felt like I was in it, how it gets into full detail about what is happening. About the honor, the relationships that form a journey that Amir is taking, and it's so surprising when you learn about the many secrets of this book -- edited to remove plot spoiler --- So much is happening you want to stop reading but you can't, you keep on going like it's pulling you in. You will laugh, you will probably cry, and you won't stop reading the book, if I had to get up and go use the bathroom I took the book with me because I couldn't put down I would take it to the bathroom with me lol.

Kite Runner is an amazing story about hardships and when the Taliban took over Afghanistan and change it forever. That will effect a young boy who soon grows into a man, Amir. This powerful story starts out as Amirs as a young boy with his Hazara friend Hassan who has a hair lip or cleft lip. The live in Afghanistan in their hometown of Kabul, Amir's father, Baba as he calls him is a very respected man he set up an orphanage for all the children without parents. Baba also has a lot of honor, Amir's mother died when Amir was delivered and Hassan's mother took off after she gave birth to him, so in a way Amir and Hassan are related in that they both have lost there mothers and now both of their fathers are watching over them Hassan's father's name is Ali. Ali has polio in one of his knees so he limps around, Ali and Baba have been with each other since they were kids.

But to sum all down this was an amazing novel, nothing like you ever read so hurry and read now this is such a delightful yet melancholy mood of a book so much secrets so much surprises and so much more things that will happen - I hope you enjoy Kite Runner like I did.
Bre Gibson

Powerful....The most unforgettable story of the year
I was kinda of ify to read this book, because it was so long and I'm not really into these kinds of books but I'm glad I sat down and read it. Because this book is so powerful I felt like I was in it, how it gets into full detail about what is happening. About the honor, the relationships that form a this journey Amir is taking, and it's so surprising when you learn about the many secrets of this book like the one Rhaim Khan told Amir about him and Hassan his Hazaara friend. So much is happening you want to stop reading but you can't you to keep on going like it's pulling you in. You will laugh, you will probably cry, and you won't stop reading the book, if I had to get and go use the bathroom I took the book with me because I couldn't put down or I took a bath instead so I could read.
sabrina

the best book! ever written!!!!
In my opinion, I was first a little cautious to read this book Kite Runner because it is not normally a story that I enjoy to much. At first I didn’t like it that much because it wasn’t a type of book that I read to often and then when I started to read a little more I started getting into the book and I started liking it a lot more and all the secrets were pouring out of the book and it was just amazing I couldn’t put the book down. I had started bringing the book home and I normally take books home unless there from the public library of course, but I read it the whole time and when I got to chapter 24 I was far ahead of my class and we were not talking about thee book yet so when I had gotten home I told my dad the whole story of the book and it literally had taken me maybe an hour to tell him about. The whole story was amazing and I think other schools should read it because it shows what really goes on in Afghanistan and show the struggle even in your home town I think it’s a great book and mostly everyone in my class enjoyed the book and I think the other school’s will enjoy it to

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