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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

    Apr 2004, 384 pages


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unravelling mysteries
Khaled Hosseini's quietly powerful debut novel The Kite Runner fulfills the promise of fiction, awakening curiosity about the world around us, speaking truth as the lessons of history echo down the years. The themes are universal: familial relationships, particularly father and son; the price of disloyalty; the inhumanity of a rigid class system; and the horrific realities of war. This is a must read novel and it should not be avoided at all.

Kite Runner Review.
When I first started reading this book I was like “Oh great, another boring book we have to read for class,” but as I got further into the book, I couldn’t put it down. Out of 5 I would rate this book a 4.5 because it’s a big page turner. I strongly recommend it, especially since I am a sixteen year old high school student.
As you read you find out that Amir, an Afghani boy from Kabul, doesn’t have a very good relationship with his father, Baba, who is a rich Afghani. He reaches for his father’s attention and that leads to trouble in the winter of 1975. Amir’s childhood friend, Hassan, who is a Hazara and his father Ali, also had important roles in the incident in the winter of 1975.
In the beginning of the book it starts off in the present and he kind of says how his life is so different because of his childhood in Afghanistan. Then it takes you back to his childhood so you can figure out what happened in the winter of 1975. The secret Amir carries through the story makes him want to do better when he moves to California with his father. While in California he marries and is a successful writer and is happy with his life. Until a call comes from Afghanistan and he is brought back to try to do good again.
I think this would be a really good book for high school students. They should learn that they can always try and do good again, and not to give up and hold things in and talk it out with people or you will end up hurting others when you don’t want to.
If you have time to read it I definitely would this is one of those books where you connect with the characters and you cry and laugh out loud. I thought this book was amazing I loved it.

Great book
I think that this was a wonderfully written book about life in Afghanista and how the world is different in different places. It is a fictional story with many non fictional things around it. Amir and Hassan's relationship amongst each other is beautifully nuanced. The story is written fabulously and covers a lot of ground through out the whole story. It is written exactly as if these things really happened to that person everyday of their lives. It is not real but the people in the story are almost real and they take situations that could happen in real life. The story is a great story for any class, for any teacher wanting to have a great fictional story that is easy to read and fun to read. The suspense of the story is so amazing that you will not be able to put it down once you start reading it. It contains so much stuff that your mind will keep wanting more and you will not be able to stop reading until you know the whole entire story. It is one of the greatest stories I have ever read and I would recommend it to any person that enjoys fictional stories.
I did this for School

i love this book
Well I don't like to read but when I had to read this book for school I was glad that it was Kite Runner, it pulled me in and I did not want to put it down, this book is informative, it talks about the live in Afghanistan and the situations the children go through day to day, the rape, abuse, the way people are treated from the Taliban.
I like this book because it was well written, there was only one thing that I did not like and it was how the book was ended it was like a cliff hanger, when you read this book you will know what I mean. So that is why I rated the book a 4 was the ending, it left me questing what will happen next, I hope that you take my review as helpful and go read this book!!!!

Excellent read. A little unbelievable at times, but certainly gripping and moving. Wonderful journey through human relationships and emotions. Highly recommended.

I am so grateful for Asad Koraganie's evaluation of "The Kite Runner." I just finished reading the novel, and while I enjoyed it immensely and was very moved by it, yet I felt there was a lot missing, especially in the characterizations. For example, I never got to see Hassan, the Hazara boy, as a whole person; I never felt that I understood the story from his perspective. As a literary work, the book would have been so much fuller if Hassan had been allowed to tell his story. I very much felt that there was a strong autobiographical element to the story, which may account for why the viewpoint never got beyond that of the rich, privileged Pashtun. But Amir as a character felt very real, and his sense of shame and guilt very true to that kind of person. And Hassan's son also was very real -- so real that I want Hosseini to write another novel in about 10 or 15 years so we can find out what becomes of the son in his new country. And probably that will depend on what becomes of his new country and his old one in those 10 or 15 years!
Anthony S.

An ok book if i say so my self
I rate the kite runner a 3.5 because it was a good book but easy for me to read. I normally read book’s that are much longer and much more difficult to read.

The book is about Amir’s life growing up in Afghanistan, and how it shaped his life to be what is today. The book had some key details in showing us what the landscape, towns, and living condition of the people were like while the Taliban was in control., and also how the Taliban ruled Afghanistan. Khaled Hosseini being from Afghanistan he knew what to write about. The novel is about Amir, and Hassan as best friends, Hassan is always taking the blame for Amir and protecting him from bullies and getting beat up from other kids.

When the Russians invaded that was the turning point in the novel to me. Amir and Baba leave Afghanistan to go live in America to get away from the war, but years later Amir returns. For it to make since you would have to read it. It does get pretty good, but I think it needed a epilog to see what there like in the future.

The book gets pretty emotional, angry, and some other random emotions. I knew that Amir would change through out the book because he remember the winter of 1775. Hassan didn’t seem realistic to me because no one is that pure, good hearted, and so loyal that he would never go against Amir wishes. I’m 15 years old and this is a great book to read in school.
Destinee McGinn

Kite Runner
I am a 15 year old Sophmore.

I felt the book was not the best book that I have ever ready. The topic of the book was not something that I am typically interested in. This book was about a young boy and his servant. The young boy Amir does something bad and has to go back and make up for his sin by saving a little boy. Amisr and his father move out of the country because of the war. Amir goes back because his friend calls him and tells him there is a way to be good again. He tells him that his servant has been killed and that he needs to save his servant's son. He finds the son and tries to take him back to the United States and they run into trouble. They get him back to the United States but the little boy goes into a depression and does not talk. I gave this book a rating of 3 because it was not that interesting to me. I usually enjoy thrillers or mysteries. This book was not one of those. I do believe that other people would like it.
If I were to have written this book, I would have changed the ending. The book did not go into detail on how the relationship between Amir and the little ended. If things got better or not. It left you hanging for answers. When I am reading a book I like to have a final ending. Something that makes me feel like the story is over. The only time I do not like this is if there is a sequal to the one I am reading. In that case the story line should leave you wanting to go on to the next book. It was a book that told you that you can make up for your sins.

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