The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

Book - 2003
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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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A heartbreaking story of an unlikely friendship.

Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited to age group, violence

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.


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doucet2
Jun 11, 2017

DO NOT recommend at all. One of the most depressing / negative books of all time. Way better novels on earth. All the Best!

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glenna14
Apr 05, 2017

I know this novel is fiction but the horrendous events in the book happen to many children; especially boys in Pakistan. I just couldn't handle the child sexual abuse. I found that it cut my soul and to this day, I still have haunting images of the abuse from Kite Runner. I couldn't recommend this book because of it.

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mehrunhassanali
Mar 12, 2017

Kite Runner is an excellent novel. I read it twice. Khaled Hosseini is a brilliant writer. Being in such a priviledged position, I wonder if the author ever returned to Afghanistan to give back to his less fortunate Afghans, unlike many Canadians who have volunteered with NGO's such as The Agakhan Foundation which has undertaken phenomenal work in Afghanistan. I am looking forward to read his next two publication. Thank you Khaled. May peace follow you to your short passage in eternity.
Mary Hass

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fatimax
Mar 05, 2017

i have never cried so much halfway through a book and honestly I don't know if I'll be able to finish it... so heartbreaking

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yesucan
Feb 23, 2017

Wow! what a book. The story drew you in and would not let you go until the last page. How wonderful to be able to write like that!!!

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Sheppy2526
Jan 18, 2017

amazing book! It is now one of my favorites

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January1545
Dec 28, 2016

I'm going to be the odd woman out and confess I didn't enjoy this book -- found it simplistic and unnuanced.

AL_LESLEY Nov 23, 2016

An affecting story of atonement and forgiveness.

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BiGirl
Aug 24, 2016

Hard to read at times because of the content but well worth it.

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kisanet18
Aug 08, 2016

I'm really mad at myself for taking so long to read this. SUCH a good book, and while it may not be worthy of 5 stars for me, I really did love it and it broke my heart a hundred times. I look forward to reading Hosseini's other books, most likely this year.

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fatimax
Mar 05, 2017

fatimax thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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JihadiConservative
Nov 09, 2015

JihadiConservative thinks this title is suitable for 14 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

GabbyElizabeth Aug 10, 2013

GabbyElizabeth thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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vv19
Dec 09, 2015

Violence: Murder and violence

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vv19
Dec 09, 2015

Sexual Content: rape of a child

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vv19
Dec 09, 2015

Coarse Language: Some obscene words used

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JihadiConservative
Nov 09, 2015

Sexual Content: Homosexual rape (not graphic)

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JihadiConservative
Nov 09, 2015

Violence: some brutality

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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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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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Nymeria23
Jul 15, 2014

Violence: Stoning, beatings, attempted suicide

EuSei Sep 10, 2012

Sexual Content: Rape of a minor

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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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