The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

Paperback | May 11, 2004

byKhaled Hosseini

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“I sat on a bench near a willow tree and watched a pair of kites soaring in the sky. I thought about something Rahim Khan said just before he hung up, almost as an afterthought, ‘There is a way to be good again.’”

Now in paperback, one of the year’s international literary sensations -- a shattering story of betrayal and redemption set in war-torn Afghanistan.

Amir and Hassan are childhood friends in the alleys and orchards of Kabul in the sunny days before the invasion of the Soviet army and Afghanistan’s decent into fanaticism. Both motherless, they grow up as close as brothers, but their fates, they know, are to be different. Amir’s father is a wealthy merchant; Hassan’s father is his manservant. Amir belongs to the ruling caste of Pashtuns, Hassan to the despised Hazaras.

This fragile idyll is broken by the mounting ethnic, religious, and political tensions that begin to tear Afghanistan apart. An unspeakable assault on Hassan by a gang of local boys tears the friends apart; Amir has witnessed his friend’s torment, but is too afraid to intercede. Plunged into self-loathing, Amir conspires to have Hassan and his father turned out of the household.

When the Soviets invade Afghanistan, Amir and his father flee to San Francisco, leaving Hassan and his father to a pitiless fate. Only years later will Amir have an opportunity to redeem himself by returning to Afghanistan to begin to repay the debt long owed to the man who should have been his brother.

Compelling, heartrending, and etched with details of a history never before told in fiction, The Kite Runner is a story of the ways in which we’re damned by our moral failures, and of the extravagant cost of redemption.

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The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption. And it is also about ...

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“I sat on a bench near a willow tree and watched a pair of kites soaring in the sky. I thought about something Rahim Khan said just before he hung up, almost as an afterthought, ‘There is a way to be good again.’”Now in paperback, one of the year’s international literary sensations -- a shattering story of betrayal and redemption set i...

Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, the son of a diplomat whose family received political asylum in the United States in 1980. He lives in northern California, where he is a physician. The Kite Runner is his first novel.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5 × 1.1 inPublished:May 11, 2004Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385660073

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brought me to tears This book is beautifully written and all of Khaled Hosseini's books brought me to tears. I never imagined a book could do that to me, and I couldn't stop even as tears were streaming down my face. There were times when I had to set the book down to take it all in. Beautifully written and just amazing.
Date published: 2016-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was a book I could not put down. The Kite Runner has been one of my “to-read” books for years but for some reason I never got around to actually reading it. Along with The Book of Negroes and The Book Thief, as soon as I finished Hosseini’s novel, I asked myself why I waited so long to read it. If you haven’t read this book, you should. If you have, then you will know what I’m talking about. I’m not sure if you would categorize this as a young adult book. It definitely would depend on the maturity level of your teen. But for most kids I know, this is the kind of book I want them to read. It covers very difficult topic areas in a way that is relatable to readers of all ages. To be honest, this was a book I could not put down. If you have a mature teen on your holiday gift list, consider purchasing this book. It will be a sure hit.
Date published: 2015-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the most amazing books ever written. I can read this book a thousand times and I will still be emotionally invested each time. Khaled Hosseini's writing is truly a gift that inspires and awes you. The book's capture of the historic events that turned a beautiful country to what is described as a hell hole is heart breaking. The agony is so beautifully written and the shocking turn of events is the best I have ever read.
Date published: 2015-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Emotional Read I really enjoyed this book even though parts were very emotional, he is a very good storyteller.
Date published: 2015-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely heart touching! I enjoyed reading every single page of this book and could not put it down. Khaled Hosseini has an amazing gift of storytelling. Very engaging and emotional. This book is undoubtably one of my favorites! "For you, a thousand times over!" ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
Date published: 2015-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! :D This book is really good!! Very cute and emotional book. I highly recommend it! :D
Date published: 2015-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from True miracle This book is just perfection
Date published: 2014-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well written, but at times Disturbing Well written, but at times Disturbing
Date published: 2014-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a great read loved the kite runner, absolutely amazing.  
Date published: 2013-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read..... A heart-wrenching and riveting debut novel by Khaled Hosseini. This story is set in Afghanistan between two boys, Amir from an affluent family and his impoverished friend and servant Hassan. Despite Hassan's loyalty to his friend, Amir betrays him several times and flees to America with his father. But later on, Amir takes the chance to go back to Afghanistan for redemption. I liked the author's simplistic style of writing….Along the way, Khaled Hosseini also depicts the readers a clear image of life and tradition in Afghanistan before and after the Taliban rule….The harrowing and distressing scenes definitely adds a lot of melancholy to the story. Hassan's innocence and his loyalty to his friend captured my heart….I was spell bounded with his humility everytime when he says ' A thousand times for you Amir Agha'…. This book is a real page turner that will delve you into issues such as love, family relations, friendship, betrayal, redemption and survival…
Date published: 2013-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Kite Runner The book entitled The Kite Runner is an unforgettable story with powerful language that leaves the novel imprinted in your mind. This story is set in Kabul, where two childhood friends closer than family itself, develop a relationship over an unforgiving 40 years. The amazing part of this relationship is that, one of the friends is a servant and the other his master. Their friendship is forever changed when Hassan, the boy who is the servant, has a horrific life-changing experience while his master, Amir, watches from a safe place. This book captured the life experiences of these children during a time when Kabul was invaded by Russia and the hardships endured of packing up and moving to another country. This novel is unforgettable, heartbreaking, and deeply moving. It is a must read.
Date published: 2012-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't miss this fabulous read “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini is a jarringly transparent view of jealousy, guilt, regret and redemption. The main character Amir, battles for the affection of his father who seems to favour a servant boy, Hassan. The two boys grow up together and as Hassan’s loyalty to Amir abounds, so does Amir’s jealousy of the braver, faster Hassan. During a kite flying competition, Hassan runs off to fetch Amir’s winning kite and is cornered by a neighbourhood bully who rapes him. Amir watches, paralyzed with fear, and is forever haunted by the guilt of not coming to Hassan’s defense. After the incident, living in the same house with Hassan as a constant reminder of his cowardice, proves unbearable for Amir and he concocts a plan to force Hassan to leave. Amir pretends that money and a watch are missing from his room and pins the theft on Hassan. In his last act of loyalty to Amir, Hassan admits to the theft and leaves. The course of the two boys’ lives is forever altered. The themes present are so humanly common they transcend cultural and religious barriers and even though the characters are all Afghani Muslims, the reader is able to empathize with their struggles and further, find a bit of themselves within the pages. We all have moments in our lives where jealousy has prompted us to act or make a poor decision; the circumstances of the poor decision incite guilt, which undoubtedly leads to regret, and we spend a good portion of our lives looking for a way to soothe our own negative image through some act of redemption. These emotions are often hard to admit, much less be read in a manner as candid as Hosseini presents them in the novel, which at times, is hard to read as the words conjure brutally frank images. The novel’s raw brand of honesty is the reason I believe so many readers have been affected by the story; there is no way to disguise the ugliness or reality that we have the ability to be reprehensibly wicked in pursuit of self assurance and pride. We are taught through Amir’s internal struggle that redemption comes through forgiveness, acceptance of our actions, and putting the past behind us to “find a way to be good again”.
Date published: 2012-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching Read this book about 5 times now, and every time I read it, I still am astonished at how touching this book is.If I had to pick one word to describe this book in its entirety, it would be "powerful." Hosseini has created an immensely moving book that deeply affects readers. Like I said, one of my biggest reservations with this book was that I didn't know much about the Middle East. However, don't let this turn you away if you're anything like me. Hosseini is informative without being dry or textbook-worthy...rather, he mentions the Afghanistan of the 1970s from the people's perspective and makes it very clear for his readers. There were Farsi phrases scattered throughout the book, but Hosseini makes sure to state what they mean or to imply it from the text. I loved that this book was about so many different themes--childhood, cruelty, forgiveness, redemption, love, and sacrifice. The Kite Runner is about the relationship between father and son, between past and present, and ultimately about the relationship between the narrator Amir and his friend Hassan. I honestly can't even begin to do this book the justice it deserves. It grabbed me from the beginning--first with dislike for the narrator and then with an abhorrent scene of cruelty. This is not an easy book to read at times, but it is for that reason that it is all the more important. I was constantly on my toes and just as soon as I thought I had the plot figured out, Hosseini would throw me for a loop. His language was simple and yet profound, and I would often find myself completely lost in this story and in his words. I'd look up and realize that I had read 80 pages and I was squinting to utilize the last drop of sunlight when the last I had checked, the sun was shining bright as ever. The Kite Runner is the most absorbing book I've read this year, and I cannot recommend this highly enough, especially to those who may be hesitant to read this. This book is one of the rare ones that is definitely worth the hype.
Date published: 2012-02-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not for Me... I know I'm going totally against the stream on this one but I really disliked this book. Some of the subject matter was just too much for me and I found it disturbing. I did not enjoy this book at all and was glad it was a Heather's pick, as I returned it and got my money back.
Date published: 2012-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional roller coaster I absolutely loved this book. It is a bit of a heavy read, however once you start it is quite difficult to stop. I sympathized deeply with the characters and felt as if I was living though their experiences myself. Fantastic novel!
Date published: 2011-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A gripping story you won't want to miss! What an emotional jouney this book takes you on. Makes you feel like you are there with Aamir & Hussan in Kabul getting ready to fly that kite! A bond so strong between Aamir & Hussan that is truely tested. Value every friendship you have, and don't take any friendship for granted!
Date published: 2011-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deeply Moving The Kite Runner is one of those rare stories that wiggles it way into your heart and stays there forever. It's a story about family, friendship, honour, and survival amidst conflict. Put down whatever you are reading now, and pick this book up! One of the best books I've ever read, from a truly gifted storyteller!
Date published: 2011-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring story A view of the difficult times the middle east has gone through. . This story is flanked by a prospering Afghanistan, then returns and shows you the effects of a ravaged country. There is a feel good tone to it amist all the devastation. Really well written.
Date published: 2010-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Kite Runner - A Great Novel The Kite Runner, written by Khaled Hosseini, is a novel filled with suspense and complex characters, narrarated by an Amir, an Afghan man, whose voice you can hear and picture telling you the story. Amir now living in San Francisco, thinks about his past living in Afghanistan with his boyhood friend he had betrayed. As a young child living in Kabul he was the child of a merchant, while his best friend Hassan was an ethnic minority who works as a servant with his father at Amir’s house. Although Hassan defends Amir from a bully named Assef, on the occasion that Amir sees Assef sexually assaulting Hassan he is unable to find the courage to protect him. Later, he accuses Hassan of theft forcing Baba, Amirs dad, to fire Hassan and his father from their houehold. Both Baba and Amir immgirate to the United States of Amrica when the Soviets invade Afghanistan, and they face poverty. Baba begins to develop lung cancer, but luckily lives long enough to see his son get wed to Soraya, the daughter of two other Afghan immigrants. After getting a degree in community college, Amir ends up a successful author. All is well until him and his wife come to learn that they are unable to have children. It’s fifteen years after Amir got married to Soraya, and now the present. He gets a call from Afghanistan from a person by the name of Rahim Khan, who tells Amir that Hassan had been Amirs half brother. Tragically, Hassan and his wife were killed by the Taliban, but their son Sohrab was still alive, and needed someone to look after them. Amir uses this as an opportunity to redeem himself. Amir finds Sohrab in an orphange where children are preyed upon by the Taliban who use the children for sex. At this point Sohrab is badly traumatized and attempts to suicide. Amir brings him back to San Francisco and do their best to heal him from his emotional wounds. After many years, Amir discovers a way to connect with him - flying kites, the same way him and Hassan had connected in their younger days. This page turning novel provokes you to think about life’s most interesting and important things such as friendship, good and evil, survival and redemption. The novel is an excellent method of learning about Afghan history and culture. Afghan’s terrible history was always softened because it was told through the eyes of a child. There are vivid descriptions of certain events throughout the novel, where as some events are not spoken about in detail. The lack of detail allows the reader to run with their imagination and think deeply of how things could be happening, and in fact allowing us to have a more clear mind image of what was happening. On another note, the novel was filled with clichés. However, overall I enjoyed the book. I think most people would. Although the novel is filled with uncertain twists and turns, it ends in a high note. Though the novel is filled with betrayals, lies, losses, discriminations, and thieves it reassures the idea that everyone is capable of having a happily ever after. The book is exceptional, especially seeing how it is the authors first novel, and I recommend this book for young teen readers and adults. It’s a good book to read among friends, for it provokes great discussion and thoughts to exchange afterwards. - Javana Thayaparan
Date published: 2010-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really insipiring I had to read this book for english class, and I am so glad I did. When I read the back, I was like O no, a sad book. I hat reading sad books, cause I tend to cry! I don't like crying , i prefer to smile. But I sucked it up and read it anyways. Im glad I did too. This book was so amazing. It was beautifully written, and I couldn't put it down. "There is a way to be good again" a famous line in the book. It meant redemption, it was a way for the main character to change his life for the better. To be a better person and forget all the guilt he felt deep inside. I recommend this book to everyone and anyone. It was really inspiring, and I enjoyed it a lot. ( L )
Date published: 2010-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking read... A great story that is not always a simple read. The characters are flawed and will break your heart
Date published: 2010-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Book One of the best books I've read in a very long time!! So beautifully written. The author captured my interest from the first paragraph and took me along for a spine-tingling and tumultuous ride. This is a book you will not be able to put down. One to be treasured and shared for years to come.
Date published: 2010-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed It took me a while to get into this book, but Khaled Hosseini captured a life adn story that shocked and amazed me! Great read
Date published: 2009-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Book I never intended to read this book. But it was selected as my English class' novel for the year, so I didn't really have a choice. Ususally I don't enjoy the books we're forced to read. The Kite Runner, however, was an exception. This story is so powerful, so rich, and so moving, I dare you not to let it touch your heart. This is the story that made me fall in love with reading all over again, and the reason that English teacher is my ultimate favourite. if you're on the fence about this book, don't be. I guarantee it'll stick with you for a long time.
Date published: 2009-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Moving This is not a book I would have normally chosen to read, but so many people recommended it that I decided to give it a try. It's a fascinating book, a touching story, I am glad I let myself be convinced to read it.
Date published: 2009-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! When I was first advised to read this book, I hesitated because I didn't want to fall into the trap of expecting something great, and reading something mediocre. This book really is that good. There are some difficult moments of course, and one wonders how much of this story is actually fiction. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2009-10-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh... The book was too melodramatic. It just seemed too over-the-top with twists and turns at EVERY corner. At certain times you could almost predict what was going to happen. The author tries to get you to sympathize with the main character but it's too shallow. The book only skims the surface at times and the part with Sorhab is way, way to forced. I had heard great things about this book but I found it tried too much to be a sob story. I actually found myself rolling my eyes towards the end. But, that's just my opinion. I hope A Thousand Splendid Suns is better. It's sitting next to me on my coffee table as I write this. Good luck and enjoy.
Date published: 2009-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book to remeber I am not one to write reviews about books I have read but, let me tell you this book had me hooked from the very first page till to the end. It made me laugh, cry, cringe and cheer. If you have not read the kite runner as yet. All I have to say is "What are you waiting for?"
Date published: 2009-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buy ASAP Where do I start. Tasteful, disturbing, horrific, beautiful, awe-inspiring... I could go on for days. This isn't even a consider me book, it's a go buy me now and clear your schedule book. You will NOT be disappointed, you'll have a smile on your face when it ends and hold it close to your heart and take a sigh of relief.
Date published: 2009-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from what an amazing story! Filled with every emotion. Went and rented the movie the same day I finished the book. So good.
Date published: 2009-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Way beyond anything I imagined! This book was truly one of the best books I have ever read. It was nothing like I thought it would be. I was pulled in from page 1, and kept me enthralled till the end. An absolutely amazing 1st novel for Khaled Hosseini. I regret waiting so long to read it.
Date published: 2009-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from VERY DEEP, ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ! This book was absolutely, beyond words. It was fantastic. It had a lot of depth and meaning behind it. Every time i piece of the puzzle was put together another broke aparat. Basically meaning, that every time something was going well, something else happened to ruin it. It has a lot of action, and adventure, and is a very profound book. It gives you the chills in some parts and a feeling of home in others. It is sad and heart-quickening. It is a book that tells a beautiful story. I cannot explain the integrity and well....excellence of this book. I recommend it, without a doubt. I will definitley be reading more of Khaled Hossieni's books. He is an AMAZING author! Fantastic, and i congratulate him for this success. ABSOLUTELY....AMAZING...FANTASTIC...WOW....BEAUTIFUL!
Date published: 2009-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unlikely favourite When I first read this book, I found it truly depressing. As I read on, I found that, although not hopeful that I would like it, I just had to know the ending, to know that justice would be served. This book is the best representation of karma I have ever known, through and through. Despair, hatred, hope, wonder, astonishment, sadness and relief was entirely encompassed in this novel. It was a truly amazing story.
Date published: 2009-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deeply Touching Great book ...people do make bad choices and have to live with those choices for the rest of their lives...a heart wrenching book .. Just purchased Spendid Suns and can't wait to read it
Date published: 2009-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! I just finished this book a few days ago, and it is the best I have ever read! The story is so sad but yet uplifting at the same time. I am 14 years old, and I don't think that this book was pretty appropriate for my age. There was some swearing and violent scenes, but those didn't matter :) I think everyone should read this book, because it really teaches you a lot about our world.
Date published: 2009-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Insightful The Kite Runner is a beautifully written book. I learned a lot about the history and culture of the people. It is hard to imagine that even the simple act of flying a kite could be forbidden! The characters were quite captivating, although I found I had to suspend disbelief for the ending (and it did wreck the story a tiny bit for me). I hope "A Thousand Splendid Suns" is just as good as "The Kite Runner"!
Date published: 2009-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved This One Hard to put down...another book that i devoured in a couple of days.
Date published: 2009-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it A friend lent me this book and it sat on my shelf forever because I just wasn't interested in reading it. I finally decided to read it and I thought it was a really touching and great story. It actually brought tears to my eyes. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2009-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Empathy I learned a great deal reading this novel. To be honest, I never really felt like the main character ever fully redeemed himself, after he wronged his good friend. This is the kind of novel that develops empathy, and makes you believe that there is hope for people who have made bad choices. People can change. I had a hard time putting this book down. I cried. It was amazing!
Date published: 2009-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing What a fantastic book! I absolutely could not put it down. It is one of the best books that I can remember reading in the last few years. An amazing account from a very personal perspective of the difficult situation and how it came to be, in Afganistan. I recommend this, but definitely purchase a box of kleenex for the ending.
Date published: 2008-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Book It was a fantastic read and I loved reading every page. A refreshing and raw read. And it prompted me to actively look up Afghani history. A truly beautiful book.
Date published: 2008-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read! At first I was a bit skeptical about reading this book, because the title didn't interest me at all, but I'm glad I attempted to flip through the first few pages during the summer, because it was a great book! It is one of those novels that you will never forget. It not only shows the strengths and weaknesses of a friendship, but also of the heart.
Date published: 2008-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Engulfing From betrayment to loyalty, destitution to riches, cowardice to death defying acts of bravery, this important novel not only covers the spectrum of lifes experiences, but also does it in such a way as to introduce a human side to a part of the world which was foreign to me in location, religion and custom. It's unfortunate that it takes a fictitious story to remind me of the fact that regardless of where we come from in this vast and complicated world, we are all just people with the same capacity for joy and pain. Movie was great too! www.booksnakereviews.blogspot.com
Date published: 2008-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW I laught, mostly cried and then thanked God to be living in Canada! My most favourite book and now will unfortunately compare everthing else I read to it. YES....it's that good!!!! Khaled Hosseini did a great job of opening my eyes to a different world.
Date published: 2008-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read! I absolutely adored this book! I was just so touched by everything in it that I even cried a few times because the characters felt so real it was exhilarating. I would most definitely recommend this book to everyone. I couldn't put it down, it was a total page turner. It is one of the best books I have ever read and definitely one of my most favorite.
Date published: 2008-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from troubling but worth reading "The Kite Runner" is a book that deeply touched me. Even though it is fictional I am sure that events such as these do take place in real life. Numerous parts were hard for me to read. It's a "heavy" book. I finished it within a few days though. I enjoyed reading it and it will stay with me for a while, but I found some of the parts in the book quite predictable.
Date published: 2008-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from simply loved it Khaled Hoseini, an Afghan author, wrote a debut novel called “The Kite Runner” that was published in 2003 by Bloomsburry Publishing of London. This novel narrates the story about the friendship, betrayal and loyalty between two childhood friends in Afghanistan during the Russian (formally known as Soviet Union) invasion. The story opens in the city of Kabul where kite flying was considered as a popular sport among children. The main characters in the novel are ‘Aamir’ and his servant’s son ‘Hassan’ who are best childhood friends. Aamir played kite fighting and Hassan used to catch those kites which were won by Aamir. Kite flying was considered as a matter of victory and honor. Aamir is a weak person but a creative character who desires to fulfill his father’s wish of a strong and brave son. An incident of betrayal among these two characters happened in which Aamir did not help his friend Hassan when he was bullied and assaulted by other kids. This act of Ammir made him realize that he betrayed his friend and was guilty which made him insecure in front of his father. Therefore, he decided to frame Hassan as thief so his father can dismiss him from the home so Aamir don’t have to worry about the truth that he was hiding from his father. Hassan was always a loyal friend therefore he confessed to Aamir’s false acquisition. This led to the breakage of trust and unconditional love of Hassan towards his friend Aamir. During that time, Aamir and his father fled the country and became refugees in United States. After many years, Aamir received a letter from his father’s friend to come to see him in the City of Peshawar near the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Ammir leaves for Peshawar and meets his father’s friend where he finds out that Hassan was his step brother. His father’s friend also told Ammir that Hassan was killed by Taliban by protecting Ammir’s old home in Afghanistan and left a son (Aamir’s nephew) who was in orphanage and had been captured by Taliban. Aamir decides to go back to Afghanistan and release his nephew from Taliban and takes him to United States with him. This feeling strengthens the Aamir and reminds that there is a way to be good again.
Date published: 2008-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely FANTASTIC! I LOVED this book, it made me cry, it made me think, I could not put this book down, Khaled Hosseini, made me close my eyes and see his country, I could see the house I could feel the people it was the best book. I recommend this book totally to anyone and everyone. If I could give this more than 5 i'd give it 50 stars.
Date published: 2008-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from hard to put down I loved the characters and i wanted to know what happened to them right away.
Date published: 2008-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book loved this book.It inspired me to learn more about Afghanistan and the people there. I feel drawn to the place now where as before I hadn't given it a second thought- all I knew was that it was rife with war and poverty. Now I know about the rich culture and the truely beautiful kind people. I rented the movie as soon as I finished the book and it's the first movie based on a book that I felt was very fair to the book. It's always hard to write a screenplay for a book, especially a well written book. This movie was excellent, sure it missed things out but it didn't take away from the story. The actors were amazing and the landscape (filmed in China) was perfect.
Date published: 2008-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Read Prior to this decade, Afghanistan was just an empty spot on the world map for me. Recent world events have changed that and plugged names like Kandahar, Kabul and The Taliban into my consciousness. Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner gave me insight into Afghanistan beyond my limited knowledge and I enjoyed reading and learning. I don't like to spoil plot, so I'll summarize that is engaging and surprisingly quick-moving despite plenty of eloquent descriptions and people and places. I definitely recommend it.
Date published: 2008-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from superb! well i read the book when it was first published and fell in love with it , and just recently i saw the movie and realized why exaclty i fell in love with it ! MUST MUST READ FOR ANYONE WH HASN'T READ IT YET ! AND THE MOVIE IS A MUST WATCH FOR ALL !
Date published: 2008-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book I first read this book a few years ago and it still stirs up emotions when I hear someone mention this book. It's one of my favourites...one story I will never forget.
Date published: 2008-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it!!!!! One of the most touchings novels I have ever read! Made me cry at some parts. Highly recommend this book!
Date published: 2008-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A work of genius! I m not from Afghanistan, and I don’t understand much of this country's problems and frustrations, yet what makes this book “The Kite Runner” so special is that it weaves universal ideas about our own selves and our own country's struggle. This was one of the few books I couldn’t ‘put down.’ Every page is masterfully written, and the story progression is never dull or contrived. What a great, great book!!!
Date published: 2008-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A truely heartbreaking story i hate reading novels, my friend told me this is a very good book and i give it a try.. I totally fell in love with it! and this is actually the fastest book I've ever read, since i can get it off my hand.. i love it! and it made me cry so many times.. READ THIS BOOK XD
Date published: 2008-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Can't Find Words to Express This Amazing Book I loved, loved, loved this book! It was so touching, and the end tied it nicely together. The characters were original and well tought-out as well as being described perfectly. This book was also filled with tragedy, what happened to Hassan (in the beginning and the end), what happened to Hassan's son, what happened to Amir's father and to Amir himself. I loved how it described the surroundings, I could really see a clear picture in my mind. If you are looking for a great read, pick this up, you will never regret it.
Date published: 2008-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Freakin' awsome! I can't believe that someone could read this book and not be moved. I thought the author's writing was superb. I think that any book that makes one feel strongly is a book that is doing a geat job. This book was disburbing but a wonder to read. A real "punch in the gut" book. Could not put it down. Rivoting. Khaled Hosseini is a marvelous author.
Date published: 2008-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put It Down! I loved this book. It felt like an autobiography. Every page kept me wondering what would happen next. It reminded me that everyone has daily struggles on many levels. It's no wonder it was made into a movie.....but I won't go see it.
Date published: 2008-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Skip the movie! As soon as I hear a book is being made into a movie, it makes me NOT want to read it. I hate the inevitable re-release of the book with the new movie-poster jacket! But in this case I borrowed the book from my sister and read it before the movie was even finished production. And I am so glad I did! It was a great read and I learned a lot about an often misunderstood culture. I refuse to watch the movie....I'm afraid it will ruin my visual.
Date published: 2008-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Kite Runner runs Working in a bookstore, there is no denying the popularity of the book; I never got to fully appreciate it till I read it. The book sheds light on the crumble of Afghanistan, the people stranded behind, and those who have fled yet are tied together in the hope for their country to emerge from this darkness. Then, there is also the story of a character who comes to understand his family, social pressures, actions and consequences, remorse and atonement, and making peace with himself. Hosseini provides anecdotes of happy, sad, terrifying memories that are well-emoted and relatable for the reader in some way or another. Vivid descriptions of places, people and situations are interweaved with the storytelling of the past, present and future paralleling each other, yet contradictively, coming full cycle.
Date published: 2008-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of A Kind... Must have The first time I opened the book I missed my bus stop... I can't think of anything else but to read, I couldn't stop. Next, I was crying and crying and crying. I love it, it's the book that you must have and share it with your friends.
Date published: 2008-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Book You won't be able to put this one down!
Date published: 2008-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfection The Kite Runner opened my eyes to a lot of things. It's the only book I've read that has completely changed my perspective on life. It was a real eye-opener to see how different the living conditions are around the world, and how much I take for granted. It also made me realize how ignorant I have been to world-events. I feel I have a better understanding about the politics and power-struggles that are behind genocides and wars. The writing was beautiful. Everything about this book was powerful, inspiring, and eye-opening. I look forward to reading "A Thousand Splendid Suns".
Date published: 2008-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Remarkable work of fiction. As the first fiction book I have read in a while, I was certainly not disappointed. I think this is one of the best books I have read. The author completely drew me in to his world and his anguish over his betrayal of his friend and attempts to vindicate himself. At the same time it gave me a glimpse into Afghani culture and relationships. A gem!
Date published: 2008-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing novel! Amir lives a charmed life in a wealthy neighborhood in 1960's Kabul. He shares the joys of boyhood with his best friend, Hassan, the son of the family servant who is more like a brother to Amir, and their favorite pasttime is summer kite fighting. But Hassan is a despised racial minority in Afghanistan and when Amir betrays Hassan to the neighborhood bully, his guilt sets the rest of his life on a new course, constantly seeking redemption for his own weakness. When the Soviets invade Russia, Amir and his father flee for the United States where Amir marries and begins a writing career. He is never fully able to forget his betrayal of Hassan and, when his father's business partner in Pakistan sends a deathbed summons for him, Amir returns to Kabul for a last chance to find absolution. The book is fiction, but one can imagine that it is probably what life was like before and after the Taliban.
Date published: 2008-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended I love this book. It made my eyes wet several times with amazing characters, scenes, stories and messages. A story of a man and his road of redemption for the betrayal he had done to his childhood true friend. "There is a way to be good again." It's never too late to treasure what you have or what you have lost. Go and read this book. I have learned so much from it: The history and culture of Afghanistan, storying writing, and the human heart. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2008-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! This book is beautifully written with no pretenses or fairy tale endings. The author took off his rose-colored glasses and wrote a painfully realistic story about an Afgani man struggling to come to terms with himself, his family, and his life. I laughed, and I cried. I would read this book "a thousand times over" and highly recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2008-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Truly Moving Novel. My expectations going into the Kite Runner were quite high. I had been reccomended this book by one my friends, telling me that it was one of the best books he has read in a long time. That was an understatement. From page 1 to the end, Kite Runner captivated me with a moving story line, and a first person perspective the likes of which I have never experienced before. Hosseini has an amazing way of putting Amir's emotions and thoughts completely in the open, and he does it to the point where the reader can relate and digest his very feelings. It is very hard to classify what type of book The Kite Runner really is. It has a mix of everything: action, drama, romance, thriller, and yet, it never confuses you as a reader, or makes you even care that all of these different literary angles are hitting you at once. It is one of the best novels I have read in the last 5 years, and is a must read. There is a way to be good again, and Hosseini has found it.
Date published: 2008-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful read I loved this book and couldn't put it down. In fact, I read it in one day and read it again a few days later. I have passed it along to friends and family who all loved it as well. I so enjoyed learning about Afghanistan in a way that didn't make me feel like I was taking a class or specifically educating myself about it, just learning things as the story went along and being engrossed by everything.
Date published: 2008-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Compelling Read What can I add that already hasn't been said about this book? It's one of those books that once you start reading it, you cannot put it down. The characters are wonderfully flawed and complex. The setting - Afghanistan - gives a fascinating peak into a culture few Canadians have an opportunity to experience. Simply put, this book is a must-read.
Date published: 2008-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book for the Ages A tragically beautiful, truly human story of cause and effect and the power within us all to find some redemption for our mistakes.
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "An Eye-Opening book" Such an amazing read from front to back. I couldn't put it down after I started!
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Kite Runner The internal struggle of a young Afgani who has been traumatized by a brutal assault on his friend reflects the deep and many layers of struggle; between classes, generations, cultures, hope and despair. The characters are rich in their complexity and sensitively written. Powerful and moving, this is one of the most wrenching and dignity filled stories I have read in recent years, harkening to Harper Lee's treatment of the struggles in the southern states in To Kill A Mockingbird.
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from wow! What a wonderful book! The charcters were so well developed and real. Great spotlight on a father-son relationship. Hope the movie does the book justice!
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book A great book and I can't wait to see it on the big screen. Another one that was hard to put down.
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read What a compelling and engaging book!
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This is the best book I have read in quite some time. I was immediately drawn in and could not put it down. I can't wait to read more from this author.
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I prefer non-fiction books, but I have to say this is a great book. I would highly recommend it.
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of the best books I've read lately A gripping story. Some parts are difficult to read, but the book in its entirety is inspiring. It's the kind of story that makes you think and stays with you for a while afterward.
Date published: 2008-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical This book was read by my English class last year and made a huge impact on every student in the class. The litterature that the school board chooses for us to read often does not interest high schoolers, but when my teacher decided to let us read The KIte Runner instead of Lord of the Flies, there wasn't any student in the class who didn't appreciate if not love this amazing tale. The Kite Runner is hard to put down- I never wanted it to end! It's a definite must read. If this book can impress a bunch of teens, it will definitely captivate you. Enjoy!
Date published: 2008-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such a good book! this book is one of my favourite books. It was has a lot of world Issues in it that I didn't know. It opened up my eyes about the Afgan Cultures. Absolutely Brilient1
Date published: 2008-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing Read! This is a magnificently written book. It shows not only the depravity of humans, but the generosity and hope that can be found in the human spirit. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2008-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Read Many people had recommended this book to me but as it is really not my genre i had kept putting it off. Once I picked it up though there wasn't any putting it down. It is a very good story and helps to give back ground to countries only seen on the newa as war ravaged.
Date published: 2008-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book I've Read in 2007 I was taken aback by this beautifully written, very taut and tense, and compulsively addicting narrative. The story takes you on a rollercoaster of imagination, heart-rending drama and meaningful thoughts on friendship, loyalty and sacrifice. I was left breathless for a weeks not knowing whether I could find another book as good as this.
Date published: 2008-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing read! Although the topic is rather grim, this book is a wonderful story of love and friendship. It leaves you feeling hopefull that one person can make a difference.
Date published: 2008-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put it down! This novel was absolutely amazing. It was such a powerful story and had a great message about redemption. Can't wait to read the authors new novel.
Date published: 2007-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond awesome I had to read this for English last year (grade 11) but I finished way ahead of when I had to, and I usually don't read ahead, so you can see it was a good book. I finished this one at 2am one day sitting on the couch still in my school uniform and crying without noticing until I finished and realized my face was wet. This is how good the book is. I find it very difficult to get into fiction because I know it's all fake and honestly I never cry when I'm reading but this one got me. Probably in the top 5 books I have read. 5 stars. (Please ignore the bad grammar in this review.)
Date published: 2007-12-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Monstrously Overrated While the first bit of this book was good, if a little melodramatic, it just started to go from a plain melodrama to a full bown soap opera after 50-100 or so pages. Not only that, but the parts with the character Sohrab were exteremely silly and unrealistic, there was way too much deus ex machina, and the characters were completely black and white. Overall, what could have been a powerful and harrowing book is ruined by melodrama, black and white characters, and deus ex machina.
Date published: 2007-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally read it - Glad I did This book sat on my bookcase for months. For one reason or another, I always seemed to choose something else to read. Last week, I finally got around to reading this. From the first 20 pages, I was captivated by this story and this window into pre-Soviet/Taliban Afghanistan. The writing is beautiful and the story is well told, with numerous themes (childhood friends, betrayal, redemption, parental love) running throughout. The end of the book becomes somewhat predictable, save for a final twist which seemed somewhat out of place. Nonetheless, I highly recommend this book, and I look forward to reading the current release by Hosseini.
Date published: 2007-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome One of the best books that I have ever read! Would highly recommend to all that they read this book
Date published: 2007-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautifully-knit story A wonderfully brave story about childhood, betrayal and forgiveness, this book will change the way you look at the world. Although it gets a bit cliche at times, it is well worth the read. I've passed it on to many friends, all of whom loved it just as much as I did.
Date published: 2007-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read. This needs to part of our high school curriculum, instead of much of the garbage that currently is. One of the best books I've had the privledge of reading in the last twenty years!
Date published: 2007-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing First Novel An amazing first novel - set in Afghanistan, it explores the differences between classes in the society. The main character embodies the strength of any one who challenges the often unfair and discriminatory roots of society and seeks to instead find love and acceptance. You'll find it all in this book - humour, love, internal struggle, acceptance, harsh realizations...I definitely recommend this book. DEFINITELY!
Date published: 2007-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Best novel I've read in a long time. Spellbound, read it from cover to cover in one day. Couldn't put it down. So many twists and turns in the plot. Such descriptive application to the deception and horror of the 2000's wars, more like a true to life experience as opposed to fiction. Recommend it to anyone with a heart and compassion, old and young alike. Make sure the tissue box is handy..........
Date published: 2007-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This book brings the reader through a series of emotions and attitudes. Hosseini brings the reader through a world of brutality, suppression and hate. Although, along with the negative aspects of emotions that are brought forward, there is also a sense of morality, courage and understanding. This book is an excellent read. My emotions were running with that of the main characters and only a truly powerful book can do such a thing.
Date published: 2007-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book Ever I have read volumes of books but this one gets my best ever vote. The story, the style, the language, he makes magic out of words and weaves vision into the sentences. You fall in love with the characters. You can place yourself in their lives. Feel the pain, enjoy the moments, watch the growth. The story will stay with you forever it is real, real people, real fear, real pain, real joy, the height of shame, the depth of desparation, you cannot imagine how this story will touch so much of who we are as people......there is not enough that could be said about this book. A definite must read!!!!!
Date published: 2007-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book that I have ever read ! Very few books come along that are so painful to read, yet impossible to put down. Perhaps the best book that I have read in recent years.
Date published: 2007-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This book takes you in its arms from the begining till the end. I couldn't stop reading it. I read it in my work, school and even in my free time, instead of studing for my univ. exams. I like how author wrote this story. RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE !!!!!!
Date published: 2007-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST!!! This book was one of the best books I've evere picked to read. Usually, most stories don't attract you so much, but The Kite Runner was one book which you can't let go of till the end. Every word is so powerful! As a student, I would like to recommend this book to any person who loves a book that touches their heart forever. It is truly amazing! I can't wait to read A Thousand Splendid Suns!
Date published: 2007-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing read I loved this book. The story flows so well, from chapter to chapter. Once I got to about chapter 3, I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2007-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Treasure! A beautiful, heartbreaking story of friendship. I found myself with tears streaming down my face at the end. I picked it up and did not put it down until the very end! I recommend this book to everyone that asks me for a good book to read.
Date published: 2007-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unforgettable One of those books that leaves you thinking about the characters months after you finish the story! A definite read! One of my favourites!
Date published: 2007-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! This story grabbed me right from the beginning and and didn’t let go right up to the end. One of the best books I’ve read!
Date published: 2007-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! This was a great read. I couldn't put it down. I'd tell myself I would stop at the end of the chapter and then would just keep on reading. I totally recommend this book!
Date published: 2007-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful from start to finish Many people have written about how much they liked this book. So I'm not going to expand on that. What i will say is that if you get this book just begin reading. In fact borrow/buy it now... its worth it especially at this price. BUT do not make the mistake of reading the back of this book somehow the publishers were allowed to give away the whole plot on the back. I read the back summary AFTER reading the book because luckily I was warned about the spoilers. So Read the book, turns and twists are much more interesting when not anticipated.
Date published: 2006-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Journey Worthwhile This book has been written with such insight. It truly opens my mind to a more worldly perspective. People can bring so much change in the world, one can be so strong when what's being done is right. I love books like these that make me feel so enlightened afterwards. This is unquestionably one of the books one must read in life.
Date published: 2006-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! I loved this book. As an avid reader who has read hundreds of books, I highly recommend this one. You won't be able to put it down! A great read!
Date published: 2006-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Marvellous world. I first heard of Khaled Hosseini through a good friend of mine. He told me it was one of the most intense books he's ever read...so I took his word for it, and bought it the following week. Finished it in three days. Why? Simply because this book, this out-of-the-ordinary story of two friends and the social gap between them is simply poingant and vibramt. With an actual historical bakground, it has everything to please the historian, the curious, the midddle-eastern intrigued, the world visionnary or simply the reader in us. This book is definitely not an answer to political and social dilemas in Afghanistan, but the country is depicted - especially Kabul - so gracefully that you fall in love with the city without you ever setting foot in it. It most likely puts a human face and a more touching way of seeing this way too misunderstood people and war. An anti-patriotism myself, I now understand why people wouldn't want to leave their country, even in the hell they are forced to live... now it is yours to discover. -caro
Date published: 2006-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An eye-opener ! This was one of the most riveting books i have read in a long time. It was a tense page turner, and showed a facet of Afghanistan, its people , and lost glory that needs an audience.It deals with primal human struggles that shape the very different destinies of two brothers through tragic twists and turns.An absolute must read. This book deserves an award.
Date published: 2006-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book I've ever read! There is nothing else to say except I was utterly and completely overwhelmed by this book. Absolutely amazing, never read such a page turner. I was so involved in the story, I couldn't wait to get to the end of this book not wanting to finish it at the same time...great read.
Date published: 2006-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great! This book is such an eye-opener. It is truly a masterpiece. No words to describe, it's amazing.
Date published: 2006-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top 5 This has got to be one of the best novels I've read in some time. Reading reviews would not do you justice, go pick up a copy and experience an amazingly wonderful story.
Date published: 2006-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Words Can't Describe It This is a book that everyone should own. It combines fiction and history in a beatiful way, and the end result is a book that you cannot put down. It opened my eyes to a world I never knew, but felt I have lived in through the book. One of my favourite books which I will pass on for many eyes to read.
Date published: 2006-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read!! This was a fantastic novel and everyone that I have recommended it to and have read it felt the same! It opens your eyes to a different society and culture but still leaves you feeling for the characters and caring what happens to them. I was concerned at first that I wouldn't be able to relate because it was set within the Muslim culture, but it really taught me a lot about a culture I really knew little about, and made me want to know more. I didn't want the book to end! This was the first book that I have read that moved me to tears - literally.
Date published: 2006-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Every Canadian Should Read This Because of my ignorance of the political and cultural turmoil in Afghanistan, I have not been following our troops' involvement in that country. This book did what the media have not been able to do: bring to life for my understanding the persecution of the Afghan people by the Taliban. Like Romeo and Juliet, the friendship of two similiar yet very different boys represent what could be so naturally right but is considered so wrong in a society defined by caste. I also took delight in the author's attention at bringing every level (significant or not) full circle as the narrator tries to redeem himself for past wrongs. A truly wonderful book that every Canadian should read.
Date published: 2006-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A compelling story that I didn't want to end! I couldn't put this book down. I loved the story and the characters.... everything was so vividly described that I felt like I was in Kabul with the Kites or in America at the flea market. And...I will never see the news about Afganistan in the same way. I never wanted this story to end...when is the sequel!!!
Date published: 2006-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely wonderful! A gripping novel, easy to follow, I absolutely loved The Kite Runner. It allowed to discover a part of the culture of Afghanistan that was unknown to me. When all we hear in the media is about the war in the Middle East, this heart wrenching story of a young boy, and later as an adult, trying to do what he feels is right and just. A great story of friendship and love, under all the hate and ugliness.
Date published: 2006-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Kite Runner I am an avid reader and this is one of the best books I have ever read. It engages the reader as if they personally knew every single character and the never-ending twists are heart-wrenching! The book flows so wonderfully that I couldn't let it go -- I read it in one day and a half. I'm a teenager but The Kite Runner is for everyone, I have passed it on to numerous people and everyone adores it. It will mark you for the rest of your lifetime, it's a must-read!
Date published: 2006-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read This book was both enlightening and heart rending. For someone who only knows what the situation in Afghanistan is from the media, this book added a different dimension. I am looking forward to his new book.
Date published: 2006-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingly memorable This book is extremely moving, It puts things into perspective that you would have never thought possible. I cried numerous times at the events in this book. I never once felt lost or confused by what was happing. It is clearly written and inspirational. I don't pay much attention to the events in Afghanistan, But after reading this book, you know that not only has the taliban destroyed many of the american peoples lives, but they have also destroyed thier own people. It is truly a country divided, and this book points that out so clearly. I read quite a bit and have never finished a book as fast as i did with this one. I can honestly say this is a book you don't want to put down untill it's finished, It hooks you in so many ways. I have to say congratulations to Khaled Hosseini for this being his first book, he did an amazing job.
Date published: 2006-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A heartbreaking story This story tugs at your heartstrings!! Another book I had a hard time putting down. It's a great opportunity to view the world in a different light from the other side of the world.
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Difficult and Rewarding Book “I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975. I remember the precise moment, crouching behind a crumbling mud wall, peeking into the alley near the frozen creek. That was a long time ago, 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. Looking back now, I realize I've been peeking into that deserted alley for the last 26 years.’” This was a difficult read for me, but not because the writing style was oblique or overly rhetorical. In fact, it's quite the opposite - the writing is tight and the imagery is painfully clear. What makes it such a disconcerting tale is that it's savageness rings so completely true. Set in war-torn Afghanistan, Amir and Hassan are childhood friends in Kabul in the sunny days before the invasion of the Soviet army and Afghanistan’s decent into fanaticism. Both motherless, they grow up as close as brothers, but their fates, they know, are to be different. Amir’s father is a wealthy merchant; Hassan’s father is his manservant. Amir belongs to the ruling caste of Pashtuns, Hassan to the despised Hazaras.This fragile idyll is broken by the mounting ethnic, religious, and political tensions that begin to tear Afghanistan apart. An unspeakable assault on Hassan by a gang of local boys tears the friends apart; Amir has witnessed his friend’s torment, but is too afraid to intercede. Plunged into self-loathing, Amir conspires to have Hassan and his father turned out of the household.When the Soviets invade Afghanistan, Amir and his father flee to San Francisco, leaving Hassan and his father to a pitiless fate. Only years later will Amir have an opportunity to redeem himself by returning to Afghanistan to begin to repay the debt long owed to the man who should have been his brother. The Author Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, the son of a diplomat whose family received political asylum in the United States in 1980. He lives in northern California, where he is a physician. The Kite Runner is his first novel and it's the type of story that, while fiction, could have only been written by somebody who was there.
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Subtly Moving The Kite Runner begins as a story, and as a reader you feel as if you're watching these people's lives go by. Following Hassan's rape I felt myself being pulled further and further into the lives of the characters and as the story progressed, I felt as if I was feeling their pain. The story was heart breaking and moving. It offers true insight into the country of Afghanistan. As a Canadian not knowing much about the country, I now understand the dreadful amount of damage the Taliban has done, and the actual amount of loss that these people have suffered. This was a truly amazing novel.
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational Upon the recommendation of a friend who has a son serving is Afghanistan, I picked this book up and began reading. My wish was to gain a better understanding of the conflicts in this country. I hadn't been reading for long when I realized this was a book that I didn't want to end in a hurry. Mr. Hosseini creates such vivid imagery that you feel you are in that time and place. I loved this book. While it was sad and troubling in parts, it was so well written that I really didn't want it to end. I even found myself "rationing" the last portion of the book so I could prolong the enjoyment of the read. Whenever I felt I'd understood the story, Hosseini gave it another twist. Thank you Mr. Hosseini. I look forward to your next book with great anticipation.
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In your mind FOREVER This book was highly recommended to me by a friend and I purchased it almost immediately however it managed to keep getting shelved. When I did finaly get around to reading it , I wished I had gotten into it right away. As an avid reader I figured this would be along the lines of any other book, boy was I wrong. Never have I ever become so submerged in a book as I did with this one. I felt every up, down, and in between moment of the characters in the book. For many of us whose only knowledge of Afghanistan is from the news and associated with Bin Laden this book will be a real eye opener. I have taken to reccomending this book to everyone who passes my desk at work as well as giving numerous copies to friends. A must read for any book lover or otherwise!
Date published: 2006-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart-Wrenching and Beautiful Novel So many people told me to read this book and finally I have and wished I'd read it sooner. The story of a young boy whose lack of courage at a pivotal moment changes his life and those he loved forever. Then years later as an adult, he returns to his native country feeling as though he has lost everything in life to try and right the past betrayl of his oldest and best friend. He finds that everything has changed and he must now become the amn that his father had wanted to be but never was. My heart was breaking at times while reading about the oppression and abuse that people suffered in Afghanistan. The book was written so well, the character developemnt is amazing and the sorrow and empathy you fell for Amir is unbelievable.
Date published: 2006-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I absolutely loved this book. So many emotions flowed through me while I read it. Happiness, sadness, anger, disgust, disappointment, joy. I couldn't put it down for even a minute, which doesn't happen very often for me. I usually read a chapter here and there when I have time. But I actually MADE time to continue reading this because I wanted to see what would happen with the characters. After reading this book, I immediately looked up Khaled Hosseini to see if I could read another book of his and realized it was his first book! I can't wait for more from him.
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put It Down A haunting account of Afghanistan, childhood and how the mistakes we make almost always come back to get us. A truley wonderful story and a must read for everyone. I would reccomend this book to anyone and everyone looking for an insight to a life and culture we can't even begin to imagine.
Date published: 2006-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Awesome!!!!!!! Excellent work. I love the way the author educates the reader about Afganistan now and then. The story is totaly moving and well written. I must have cried a bunch of times and I know my friends who read it did too. Absolutely amazing!!!
Date published: 2006-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Absolutely Charming Book! The Kite Runner brings the reader in the very deep of Afghanistan... and in the very deep of Amir feelings and remorses. It is impossible not to be touched by the realism of the characters! A book to read and to give...
Date published: 2006-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A tear jerker! A wonderful and moving story that recounts the joys and sorrows a man and his childhood best friend, who happen to live very different lives in Afganistan. A very well written novel, it will capture your attention from the first to last page. Shed many tears while reading and have continuouly lent this book out to friends since finishing. Definitely one of my favourite novels, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reality based drama.
Date published: 2006-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "A must read" This is one of the best books I've ever read. I recommend this book to all my reading friends and I have lent out my copy many times. I look forward to Khaled Hosseini's next book.
Date published: 2006-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Terrific! I loved this book - a fabulous story. I helped me to be understand the situation in Afghanistan and the stuggle that continues in that part of the world. Extremely well written! I couldn't put it down. Have lent my copy and now lost track of it!
Date published: 2006-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing This book for me was a window to another time, another place, another culture. I read it on a 13 hour plane ride and I couldn't put it down. It was deep, meaningful, yet full of sadness.
Date published: 2006-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic!!! The Kite Runner is a must read! This heart wrenching and compelling story will have you wishing that this book would never end! Kudos to Khaled Hosseini on a superb first novel!
Date published: 2006-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Profound insight into our time This was a beautifully written book, with so many vivid images. I now have a much greater appreciation for the difficulties people are facing in Afghanistan. The story shows how we are all impacted by the choices we make in life. Wonderful book
Date published: 2006-06-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Educational, entertaining and enjoyable! I received this book as a gift for Christmas. I passed it on to my boss to read. I enjoyed it very much, and finished it in about 3 days. Entertaining, educational (walk in the shoes of another culture) and thoroughly enjoyable to read. Well written, a talented writer.
Date published: 2006-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommend it! This book was fabulous! It is a gripping story about a boy's development into a man in the midst of violence. The character development is phenomenal and keeps the reader engaged until the very end. I did not want to put it down!
Date published: 2006-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of My Favourite Books of All Time! The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is an absolutely stunning novel. It touched my heart to the core and I could not put it down. I think it is an important story that needs to be told, especially today when the world is still contemplating the effects and the future of the war in Afghanistan. It gives a human face to the people of Afghanistan and takes us deep into its culture, history and core values through a masterfully crafted story of one boy and his struggles with friendship, love, betrayal and redemption. Amir, is a boy growing up in the seventies in Kabul, Afghanistan. He spends his day playing with Hassan, who is his servant and of lower-class and ethinicity but who loves Amir like a brother and would do anything for him. Amir, who lost his mother at birth, also craves for the love of his strong but often aloof father who has never accepted his son' s creative aspirations and his physical and emotional weaknesses. In this struggle between parental love and acceptance and loyalty and friendship, Amir does something unforgivable which will change his life forever. Ultimately, the Kite Runner is a story that any one can relate to, for I know that everyone has experienced the same childhood feelings and conflicts as Amir in some form or the other. And Amir, as the hero, is not black and white. He is in fact very human and is not completely 'good' and courageous but instead has many great faults and insecurities. You find yourself despising him and his actions at times when he despises himself and loving him at others. Overall, the Kite Runner is a wonderful story that you should definetely read and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Date published: 2006-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful This was an incredible piece of literacture- I was so taken with this novel, that I gave to to my mom within hours after I was done and got her reading it too! It's so nice to read such great work.
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Compelling! What a compellingly written story! It's heart-breaking, emotional and endearing, and you find yourself loving, yet still hating, the same characters and their actions. Superbly written and a nice less conventional topic. I wasn't sure if I would like it, but I couldn't put it down! Absolutely absolutely loved it.
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An inside View The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini has inspired me to see another side of culture and turmoil that goes on to this day, at the other side of the world. Before I read this book I had no idea what the talbian rule was , the prejudice and racism of a persons religion, or what they looked like and how it could affect the social class of one person. I was moved to tears and could feel what the characters had gone through. The writer Hosseini has a style of writing that could make any reader wanting more. This book changed the way I think about life and I realize that life is what we make of it. Two young boys that come from different social classes but have so much in common more than anyone knows. This book is about karma and realizing it is not two late to correct your old mistakes. It is about love and second chances. This book will affect you as a person and how you treat others in this lifetime. It is a must read and when you have finished it give it to another so they may share an experience that only comes so often.
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing Read I thought this book was terrific. It is very well written. It was a great book to read especially since it is about Afghanistan and after reading it I better understood the situation in Afghanistan. It is a very sad story-heartwrenching at times and yet one with a very joyful ending. It is a book filled with love, betrayal, frienship, and redemption. I encourage everyone to read this book! You won't regret it.
Date published: 2006-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous What a great story!! This was a very sad story about life in Afghanistan. It is a shame that such violence seems to be the way of life now. This is a story about cowardice, friendship, bravery and racism. Very well written!!
Date published: 2006-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Amazing, Awesome, Best book I've read in a while...since La Prisonnaire and Memoirs of a Geisha and Da Vinci Code....
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read I didn't know much about the history of Afghanistan before reading this book, so this was quite an eye opener. The tale truely was a sad one. But there were glimmers of hope throught the whole novel. The parallelsims between fathers and sons throughout the whole book were quite interesting, even though you can't really see them until the very end. This was quite the page turner, and very well written.
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous The Kite Runner should be on everyone's "Must Read" list. In this extraordinary first novel by Khaled Hosseini, we are drawn into an intimate, unique and memorable world in which themes of love, betrayal and the possibility of redemption are explored. Hosseini's writing is beautiful, yet unobtrusive, never drawing our attention away from his exquisitely delineated and unique yet universal characters. It is the kind of book that makes me wish this fictional universe could continue to exist, so it could be re-visited.. I'll just have to be satisfied with the fictional world of The Kite Runner as created by Khaled Hosseini... but I think it will suffice.
Date published: 2006-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suprisingly Enjoyable Many times I had picked this book up in the store and read the review, but was not drawn in, but then a friend raved about it so I thought why not. I bought the book and soon became completely engrossed. I was fascinated by the characters and how they related to each other. The author brought to life an unknown society and made me a part of it, made me want to keep reading. Well written and suprisingly enjoyable.
Date published: 2006-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking and Elightening "The Kite Runner" tell of an Afganistan that was wealthy, developed and happy. It takes a young boy through the changes that happened when the Taliban took over and follows him through his move to the US and then back to his Native Country. It is an oustanding novel, full of sad moments and revelations. It will leave you with a new perspective on life and will keep you thinking about the characters long after you have finished reading the book.
Date published: 2006-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Smart, Sensitive, Sensational! On the surface The Kite Runner sounds like your typical tale: the boy from the poor upbringing has the pure heart and suffers hardships that help the boy with the upper-class upbringing recognize that his luckier lifestyle is not so lucky, but rather, representative of social and cultural boundaries. Amir's redemption in the novel takes the standard coming-of-age structure, motivated by the guilt of betrayal, the strength of friendship, and the power of love. These all sound like your every day themes and cliché ideas; however, Hosseini's simplisitic writing style and sensitive portrayal of caring characters keeps you reading. This is one of those books that you really just can't put down, except to take a deep breath before a heart-breaking scene. This is a book everyone should read, at least once. I absolutely loved it.
Date published: 2006-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read!! My cousin recommended this book to me and it was a great read. I really enjoyed it. I finished it in four days. The plot and its outcome was a bit predictable, but the author does an amazing job on the characters and the relationship of the main character Amir and his love/hate relationship to his country, his background and his servant Hassan. It was a great book and I have recommended it to many friends.
Date published: 2006-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worthwhile Read I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I have heard from so many people that for whatever reason it was difficult to pick up this book but once they did they couldn't put it down. I found this to be very true. the cover didn't draw me in & the back of it didn't sound too interesting to me. i wanted to read it because of all the great reviews but i just couldn't bring myself to pick it up. it wasn't until it was chosen for my book club that i finally went out and bought it. it ended up being a really great read. it never had a dull moment, it was well written and very entertaining. i finished it within the week. if you have a chance to read this book then you definitely should. you won't be sorry!
Date published: 2006-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really makes you think A truly insightful book. As someone who only had a vague idea about the conflict in Afganistan, this book really brought it to life. It humanized the trials of those still living there. I could not put down this book!
Date published: 2006-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read This book will be hard to put down once it's started. Once oblivious to the subject matter, this book opened my eyes about many things that North Americans could never imagine happening in this country. As disturbing as some of the subject matter is, you will not be able to set this book down. It's amazing that people have gone through this and survived to tell the story and to share the nightmares that some know as life. To have another country's values and traditions explained in great depth allows you to see life in a completely different light and realize just how lucky you are.
Date published: 2006-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional This book is an excellent read. It is heartwrenching at times , but really makes you think about the characters' feelings. Highly recommend that everyone read this book, not only for the story but for the insight into the culture of the country. loved It!!! Warning... read alone in case you cry.
Date published: 2006-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My all time favorite I've read many books in my lifetime, but this one has to be the most memorable. I couldn't put it down. My friends and sister have borrowed this book, and everyone to date has loved it as much as I did. If you have read "The Life of Pi" or "Memoirs of a Geisha", and enjoyed those, you will LOVE this book.
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book you won't want to put down! The Kite Runner is the perfect book to read if you want to get away from all the current craziness that you hear about Afghanistan. It gives you a tiny history lesson on what life was like pre-Taliban, and what led up to it. But the real story is about fear, bravery, honour, and righting past wrongs. This book makes me laugh, cry, angry, sad, and--silly enough, HUNGRY!!! It will make you want to rush out to the nearest Afghan restaurant and sample their cuisine! A MUST read -- if I had had time, I would've ended up reading it all in one sitting!...
Date published: 2006-06-02

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OneDecember 2001I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975. I remember the precise moment, crouching behind a crumbling mud wall, peeking into the alley near the frozen creek. That was a long time ago, 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. Looking back now, I realize I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years.One day last summer, my friend Rahim Khan called from Pakistan. He asked me to come see him. Standing in the kitchen with the receiver to my ear, I knew it wasn’t just Rahim Khan on the line. It was my past of unatoned sins. After I hung up, I went for a walk along Spreckels Lake on the northern edge of Golden Gate Park. The early-afternoon sun sparkled on the water where dozens of miniature boats sailed, propelled by a crisp breeze. Then I glanced up and saw a pair of kites, red with long blue tails, soaring in the sky. They danced high above the trees on the west end of the park, over the windmills, floating side by side like a pair of eyes looking down on San Francisco, the city I now call home. And suddenly Hassan’s voice whispered in my head: For you, a thousand times over. Hassan the harelipped kite runner.I sat on a park bench near a willow tree. I thought about something Rahim Khan said just before he hung up, almost as an afterthought. There is a way to be good again. I looked up at those twin kites. I thought about Hassan. Thought about Baba. Ali. Kabul. I thought of the life I had lived until the winter of 1975 came along and changed everything. And made me what I am today.TwoWhen we were children, Hassan and I used to climb the poplar trees in the driveway of my father’s house and annoy our neighbors by reflecting sunlight into their homes with a shard of mirror. We would sit across from each other on a pair of high branches, our naked feet dangling, our trouser pockets filled with dried mulberries and walnuts. We took turns with the mirror as we ate mulberries, pelted each other with them, giggling, laughing. I can still see Hassan up on that tree, sunlight flickering through the leaves on his almost perfectly round face, a face like a Chinese doll chiselled from hardwood: his flat, broad nose and slanting, narrow eyes like bamboo leaves, eyes that looked, depending on the light, gold, green, even sapphire. I can still see his tiny low-set ears and that pointed stub of a chin, a meaty appendage that looked like it was added as a mere afterthought. And the cleft lip, just left of midline, where the Chinese doll maker’s instrument may have slipped, or perhaps he had simply grown tired and careless.Sometimes, up in those trees, I talked Hassan into firing walnuts with his slingshot at the neighbor’s one-eyed German shepherd. Hassan never wanted to, but if I asked, really asked, he wouldn’t deny me. Hassan never denied me anything. And he was deadly with his slingshot. Hassan’s father, Ali, used to catch us and get mad, or as mad as someone as gentle as Ali could ever get. He would wag his finger and wave us down from the tree. He would take the mirror and tell us what his mother had told him, that the devil shone mirrors too, shone them to distract Muslims during prayer. “And he laughs while he does it,” he always added, scowling at his son.“Yes, Father,” Hassan would mumble, looking down at his feed. But he never told on my. Never told that the mirror, like shooting walnuts at the neighbor’s dog, was always my idea.The poplar trees lined the redbrick driveway, which led to a pair of wrought-iron gates. They in turn opened into an extension of the driveway into my father’s estate. The house sat on the left side of the brick path, the backyard at the end of it.Everyone agreed that my father, my Baba, had built the most beautiful house in the Wazir Akbar Khan district, a new and affluent neighborhood in the northern part of Kabul. Some thought it was the prettiest house in all of Kabul. A broad entryway flanked by rosebushes led to the sprawling house of marble floors and wide windows. Intricate mosaic tiles, handpicked by Baba in Isfahan, covered the floors of the four bathrooms. Gold-stitched tapestries, which Baba had bought in Calcutta, lined the walls; a crystal chandelier hung from the vaulted ceiling.Upstairs was my bedroom, Baba’s room, and his study, also known as “the smoking room,” which perpetually smelled of tobacco and cinnamon. Baba and his friends reclined on black leather chairs there after Ali had served dinner. They stuffed their pipes -- except Baba always called it “fattening the pipe” -- and discussed their favorite three topics: politics, business, soccer. Sometimes I asked Baba if I could sit with them, but Baba would stand in the doorway. “Go on, now,” he’d say. “This is grown-ups’ time. Why don’t you go read one of those books of yours?” He’d close the door, leave me to wonder why it was always grown-ups’ time with him. I’d sit by the door, knees drawn into my chest. Sometimes I sat there for an hour, sometimes two, listening to their laughter, their chatter.The living room downstairs had a curved wall with custom-built cabinets. Inside sat framed family pictures: an old, grainy photo of my grandfather and King Nadir Shah taken in 1931, two years before the king’s assassination; they are standing over a dead deer, dressed in knee-high boots, rifles slung over their shoulders. There was a picture of my parents’ wedding night, Baba dashing in his black suit and my mother a smiling young princess in white. Here was Baba and his best friend and business partner, Rahim Kahn, standing outside our house, neither one smiling -- I am a baby in that photograph and Baba is holding me, looking tired and grim. I’m in his arms, but it’s Rahim Khan’s pinky my fingers are curled around.The curved wall led into the dining room, at the center of which was a mahogany table that could easily sit thirty guests -- and, given my father’s taste for extravagant parties, it did just that almost every week. On the other end of the dining room was a tall marble fireplace, always lit by the orange glow of a fire in the wintertime.A large sliding glass door opened into a semicircular terrace that overlooked two acres of backyard and rows of cherry trees. Baba and Ali had planted a small vegetable garden along the eastern wall: tomatoes, mint, peppers, and a row of corn that never really took. Hassan and I used to call it “the Wall of Ailing Corn.”On the south end of the garden, in the shadows of a loquat tree, was the servants’ home, a modest mud hut where Hassan lived with his father.It was there, in that little shack, that Hassan was born in the winter of 1964, just one year after my mother died giving birth to me.From the Hardcover edition.

Bookclub Guide

1. The novel begins with Amir’s memory of peering down an alley, looking for Hassan who is kite running for him. As Amir peers into the alley, he witnesses a tragedy. The novel ends with Amir kite running for Hassan’s son, Sohrab, as he begins a new life with Amir in America. Why do you think the author chooses to frame the novel with these scenes? Refer to the following passage: “Afghans like to say: Life goes on, unmindful of beginning, end…crisis or catharsis, moving forward like a slow, dusty caravan of kochis [nomads].” How is this significant to the framing of the novel?2. The strong underlying force of this novel is the relationship between Amir and Hassan. Discuss their friendship. Why is Amir afraid to be Hassan’s true friend? Why does Amir constantly test Hassan’s loyalty? Why does he resent Hassan? After the kite running tournament, why does Amir no longer want to be Hassan’s friend?3. Early in Amir and Hassan’s friendship, they often visit a pomegranate tree where they spend hours reading and playing. “One summer day, I used one of Ali’s kitchen knives to carve our names on it: ‘Amir and Hassan, the sultans of Kabul.’ Those words made it formal: the tree was ours.” In a letter to Amir later in the story, Hassan mentions that “the tree hasn’t borne fruit in years.” Discuss the significance of this tree.4. We begin to understand early in the novel that Amir is constantly vying for Baba’s attention and often feels like an outsider in his father’s life, as seen in the following passage: “He’d close the door, leave me to wonder why it was always grown-ups time with him. I’d sit by the door, knees drawn to my chest. Sometimes I sat there for an hour, sometimes two, listening to their laughter, their chatter.” Discuss Amir’s relationship with Baba.5. After Amir wins the kite running tournament, his relationship with Baba undergoes significant change. However, while they form a bond of friendship, Amir is still unhappy. What causes this unhappiness and how has Baba contributed to Amir’s state of mind? Eventually, the relationship between the two returns to the way it was before the tournament, and Amir laments “we actually deceived ourselves into thinking that a toy made of tissue paper, glue, and bamboo could somehow close the chasm between us.” Discuss the significance of this passage.6. As Amir remembers an Afghan celebration in which a sheep must be sacrificed, he talks about seeing the sheep’s eyes moments before its death. “I don’t know why I watch this yearly ritual in our backyard; my nightmares persist long after the bloodstains on the grass have faded. But I always watch, I watch because of that look of acceptance in the animal’s eyes. Absurdly, I imagine the animal understands. I imagine the animal sees that its imminent demise is for a higher purpose.” Why do you think Amir recalls this memory when he witnesses Hassan’s tragedy in the alleyway? Amir recollects the memory again toward the end of the novel when he sees Sohrab in the home of the Taliban. Discuss the image in the context of the novel.7. America acts as a place for Amir to bury his memories and a place for Baba to mourn his. In America, there are “homes that made Baba’s house in Wazir Akbar Khan look like a servant’s hut.” What is ironic about this statement? What is the function of irony in this novel?8. What is the significance of the irony in the first story that Amir writes? After hearing Amir’s story, Hassan asks, “Why did the man kill his wife? In fact, why did he ever have to feel sad to shed tears? Couldn’t he have just smelled an onion?” How is his reaction to the story a metaphor for Amir’s life? How does this story epitomize the difference in character between Hassan and Amir?9. Why is Baba disappointed by Amir’s decision to become a writer? During their argument about his career path, Amir thinks to himself: “I would stand my ground, I decided. I didn’t want to sacrifice for Baba anymore. The last time I had done that, I had damned myself.” What has Amir sacrificed for Baba? How has Amir “damned himself”?10. Compare and contrast the relationships of Soraya and Amir and their fathers. How have their upbringings contributed to these relationships?11. Discuss how the ever-changing politics of Afghanistan affect each of the characters in the novel.12. On Amir’s trip back to Afghanistan, he stays at the home of his driver, Farid. Upon leaving he remarks: “Earlier that morning, when I was certain no one was looking, I did something I had done twenty-six years earlier: I planted a fistful of crumpled money under the mattress.” Why is this moment so important in Amir’s journey?13. Throughout the story, Baba worries because Amir never stands up for himself. When does this change?14. Amir’s confrontation with Assef in Wazir Akar Khan marks an important turning point in the novel. Why does the author have Amir, Assef, and Sohrab all come together in this way? What is this the significance of the scar that Amir develops as a result of the confrontation? Why is it important in Amir’s journey toward forgiveness and acceptance?15. While in the hospital in Peshawar, Amir has a dream in which he sees his father wrestling a bear: “They role over a patch of grass, man and beast…they fall to the ground with a loud thud and Baba is sitting on the bear’s chest, his fingers digging in its snout. He looks up at me, and I see. He’s me. I am wrestling the bear.” Why is this dream so important at this point in the story? What does this dream finally help Amir realize?16. Amir and Hassan have a favorite story. Does the story have the same meaning for both men? Why does Hassan name his son after one of the characters in the story?17. Baba and Amir know that they are very different people. Often it disappoints both of them that Amir is not the son that Baba has hoped for. When Amir finds out that Baba has lied to him about Hassan, he realizes that “as it turned out, Baba and I were more alike than I’d never known.” How does this make Amir feel about his father? How is this both a negative and positive realization?18. When Amir and Baba move to the States their relationship changes, and Amir begins to view his father as a more complex man. Discuss the changes in their relationship. Do you see the changes in Baba as tragic or positive?19. Discuss the difference between Baba and Ali and between Amir and Hassan. Are Baba’s and Amir’s betrayals and similarities in their relationships of their servants (if you consider Baba’s act a betrayal) similar or different? Do you think that such betrayals are inevitable in the master/servant relationship, or do you feel that they are due to flaws in Baba’s and Amir’s characters, or are they the outcome of circumstances and characters?From the Hardcover edition.

From Our Editors

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption. And it is also about the power of fathers over sons -- their love, their sacrifices, their lies.The first Afghan novel to be written in English, The Kite Runner tells a sweeping story of family, love, and friendship against a backdrop of history that has not been told in fiction before, bringing to mind the large canvasses of the Russian writers of the nineteenth century. But just as it is old-fashioned in its narration, it is contemporary in its subject -- the devastating history of Afghanistan over the past thirty years. As emotionally gripping as it is tender, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful debut.

Editorial Reviews

"A wonderful work... This is one of those unforgettable stories that stay with you for years. All the great themes of literature and of life are the fabric of this extraordinary novel: love, honor, guilt, fear redemption...It is so powerful that for a long time everything I read after seemed bland." -- Isabel Allende "Stunning . . . an incisive, perceptive examination of recent Afghan history. . . It is rare that a book is at once so timely and of such high literary quality." -- Publisher's Weekly“In The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini gives us a vivid and engaging story that reminds us how long his people have been struggling to triumph over the forces of violence -- forces that continue to threaten them even today.” -- New York Times“A haunting morality tale.” -- USA Today“His passionate story of betrayal and redemption is framed by Afghanistan’s tragic recent past . . . Rather than settle for a coming-of-age or travails-of-immigrants story, Hosseini has folded them both into this searing spectacle of hard-won personal salvation. All this, and a rich slice of Afghan culture too: irresistible." -- Kirkus Reviews“Like Gone with the Wind, this extraordinary first novel locates the personal struggles of everyday people in the terrible sweep of history.” -- People“To many Western readers, [Afghanistan’s] can be an exhausting and bewildering history. But Hosseini extrudes it into an intimate account of family and friendship, betrayal and salvation that requires no atlas or translation to engage and enlighten us.” -- Washington Post“Hosseini does tenderness and terror, California dream and Kabul nightmare with equal aplomb. . .a ripping yarn and ethical parable.” -- Globe and Mail"A beautiful novel . . . a song in a new key. Hosseini is an exhilaratingly original writer with a gift for irony and a gentle, perceptive heart . . . one of the most lyrical, moving and unexpected novels of the year." -- Denver PostFrom the Hardcover edition.