The Kite Runner

Hosseini, Khaled

Book - 2003
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Kite Runner
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An epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, that takes us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the atrocities of the present day. The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy Afghan youth 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. It is also about the power of fathers over sons: their love, their sacrifices, and their lies.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2003
ISBN: 9781573222457
1573222453
Branch Call Number: FICTION HOSSEINI 2003
Characteristics: vii, 324 p. ;,24 cm

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Traces the unlikely friendship of a wealthy Afghan youth and a servant's son, in a tale that spans the final days of Afghanistan's monarchy through the atrocities of the present day.

Traces the unlikely friendship of a wealthy Afghan youth and a servant's son, in a tale that spans the final days of Afghanistan's monarchy through the atrocities of the present day.

Amir comes of age in strife-torn Afghanistan but must flee into exile in the United States. Grown, he returns to his land of birth to redeem an act of cowardice.

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 has been challenged for "homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, s... Read More »

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Mar 09, 2015
  • Lotte_ rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

a great novel with strong themes and characters, has some very heartbreaking scenes but also some very heartwarming ones

Jan 22, 2015
  • Bartolomew rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I would have to agree with the reviewer for the Guardian, the novel starts out well, with lots of promise but halfway through it sort of falls apart and ends unbelievably, unrealistically.
I really can't see what all the fuss was about, maybe Oprah liked it?

Nov 09, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Tragedy and melodrama--a bit overdone for my taste, but a powerful story with strong characters in extreme ethical dilemmas.

Aug 23, 2014

This poignant tale centres on the bond between two boys growing up in Kabul, a city on the brink of the Soviet invasion. Living in Afghanistan in the 1960s, Amir, the son of a successful businessman, enjoys a life of privilege that is shaped by his brotherly friendship with Hassan, his servant’s son—until a tragedy occurs that marks a turning point in both boys’ lives. Moving to the United States, where he realizes his dream of becoming a writer and marries the woman he loves, does not relieve Amir of his painful memories, and he will spend much of his life coming to terms with his boyhood act of cowardice, and seeking to make reparations.

Jul 18, 2014
  • kakright rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I knew of a lot of people that read this book, but hadn't heard much about it, so I took a chance. I loved it - thought it was very suspenseful, and had a hard time putting it down. Definitely would recommend this to others.

Jul 17, 2014

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "This book is extremely well written! I like how the author incorporated the historical/political situations into the story. The relationship between the main characters Amir and Hassan create an intricate story in which reader can reread and find interesting themes/messages. Extremely well written!"

Jul 15, 2014
  • Nymeria23 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow. Not what I was expecting. I picked up this book, not hoping for much, but within the first couple chapters, my focus was captured by these pages. I didn't want to put it down. It was one of the most tragic, heartbreaking, hardest books I've ever read. This book definitely isn't for the faint of heart. I was left in awe for a lot of it, not believing what I had just read, trying to wrap my brain around the changing, twisting plot. The perfect book encompassing guilt and redemption. An incredible read, not my normal choice of topic, but amazing all the same.

Jun 26, 2014
  • White_Tiger_37 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

AMAZING book.

Jun 22, 2014
  • SaveTheCat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Kite Runner is the best book I have read, so far. It is a roller coaster of emotions. Definitely a book that you will always remember. A must read

Apr 30, 2014

This book is exceptional.It captures every emotion ever known to humans.Its worth a summer read

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  • Nymeria23 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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.

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

Jul 22, 2014

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

Jul 15, 2014
  • Nymeria23 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“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."

Jan 31, 2014
  • LexiLou2 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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]

Jun 08, 2013
  • squinton rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"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."

Sep 10, 2012

Assef knelt behind Hassan, put his hands on Hassan's hips and lifted his bare buttocks. He kept one hand on Hassan's back and undid his own belt buckle with his free hand. He unzipped his jeans. Dropped his underwear. He positioned himself behind Hassan.

Sep 10, 2012

"What a tight little sugary cunt she had!" the soldier was saying.

Jun 18, 2012
  • pplarel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

pg. 202 "There is only what you do and what you don't do," I said. Rahim Khan laughed. "You sounded like your father just now. I miss him so much. But it is God's will, Amir jan. It really is."

pg. 231 "I feel like a tourist in my own country," I said, taking in a goatherd leading a half-dozen emaciated goats along the side of the road.
Farid snickered. Tossed his cigarette. "You still think of this place as your country?"

pg. 244 Maneuvering the steering wheel with his mangled hand, he pointed to mud-hut villages along the way where he'd known people years before. Most of those people, he said, were either dead or in refugee camps in Pakistan. "And sometimes the dead are luckier", he said.

May 23, 2012
  • AmandaVollmershausen rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

''and that's the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.''

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Jul 15, 2014
  • Nymeria23 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Stoning, beatings, attempted suicide

Sep 10, 2012

Sexual Content: Rape of a minor

Jul 05, 2011
  • re_discover rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

Jul 05, 2011
  • re_discover rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Rape

Feb 10, 2011
  • imaginethat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Feb 10, 2011
  • imaginethat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

Nov 11, 2008
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Violence: This title contains Violence.

Nov 11, 2008
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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Nov 11, 2008
  • Noctifer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Jul 21, 2008
  • Lauren rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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May 11, 2010
  • MegK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

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.

Jul 21, 2008
  • Lauren rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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".

Oct 25, 2007
  • Gracie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

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