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The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
The Kite Runner
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The Kite Runner of Khaled Hosseini's deeply moving fiction debut is an illiterate Afghan boy with an uncanny instinct for predicting exactly where a downed kite will land. Growing up in the city of Kabul in the early 1970s, Hassan was narrator Amir's closest friend even though the loyal... show more
The Kite Runner of Khaled Hosseini's deeply moving fiction debut is an illiterate Afghan boy with an uncanny instinct for predicting exactly where a downed kite will land. Growing up in the city of Kabul in the early 1970s, Hassan was narrator Amir's closest friend even though the loyal 11-year-old with "a face like a Chinese doll" was the son of Amir's father's servant and a member of Afghanistan's despised Hazara minority. But in 1975, on the day of Kabul's annual kite-fighting tournament, something unspeakable happened between the two boys.Narrated by Amir, a 40-year-old novelist living in California, The Kite Runner tells the gripping story of a boyhood friendship destroyed by jealousy, fear, and the kind of ruthless evil that transcends mere politics. Running parallel to this personal narrative of loss and redemption is the story of modern Afghanistan and of Amir's equally guilt-ridden relationship with the war-torn city of his birth. The first Afghan novel to be written in English, The Kite Runner begins in the final days of King Zahir Shah's 40-year reign and traces the country's fall from a secluded oasis to a tank-strewn battlefield controlled by the Russians and then the trigger-happy Taliban. When Amir returns to Kabul to rescue Hassan's orphaned child, the personal and the political get tangled together in a plot that is as suspenseful as it is taut with feeling.The son of an Afghan diplomat whose family received political asylum in the United States in 1980, Hosseini combines the unflinching realism of a war correspondent with the satisfying emotional pull of master storytellers such as Rohinton Mistry. Like the kite that is its central image, the story line of this mesmerizing first novel occasionally dips and seems almost to dive to the ground. But Hosseini ultimately keeps everything airborne until his heartrending conclusion in an American picnic park. --Lisa Alward, Amazon.ca
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781594483011
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Pages no: 401
Edition language: English
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Chris Blocker
Chris Blocker rated it
2.0 Review: The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner is simply the most American foreign novel I've ever read. For those who aren't clear on this, that's not a good thing. We'll come back to this...As a story, The Kite Runner starts a bit slow. I wasn't engaged as a reader until eighty to a hundred pages in. There was just considerable...
LindaLeest
LindaLeest rated it
4.0 De vliegeraar
Ik heb de film jaren geleden gezien, en ik heb een graphic novel van dit boek, maar het volledige verhaal heb ik nog nooit gelezen. Tot nu toe.[a:Khaled Hosseini|569|Khaled Hosseini|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1359753468p2/569.jpg] kan zo goed de omgeving, de sfeer, en de emoties in een boe...
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5.0 The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
So, what do you do when the guilt over something that happened in your childhood eats you up and prevents you from really living your life? You'll unconsciously look for a chance to redeem yourself. "A man who has no conscience, no goodness, does not suffer." Amir and Hassan practically grow u...
Fiction Fantastic
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5.0 The Kite Runner
This book left me emotionally drained. I just can't even deal with it right now. I mean, it was amazing, but I need to take a break before talking about it...
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4.0 Great Heights to Unnecessary Depths
Any contemporary story set (even partly) in Afghanistan runs the risk of appearing bleak, at least to western eyes. However, in spite of a sobering glimpse of life under the talaiban, it is Hosseini's examination of a series of overlapping relationships, which reveals the frailty of man and the atte...
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