Kite Runner (German) Paperback – 2004
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Despite their class differences, Amir, the son of a wealthy businessman, and Hassan, his devoted sidekick and the son of Amir's household servant, play together, cause mischief together, and compete in the annual kite-fighting tournament -- Amir flying the kite, and Hassan running down the kites they fell. But one day, Amir betrays Hassan, and his betrayal grows increasingly devastating as their tale continues. Amir will spend much of his life coming to terms with his initial and subsequent acts of cowardice, and finally seek to make reparations.
Hosseini's depiction of the cruelty children suffer at the hands of their "friends" will break your heart. And his descriptions of Afghanistan both before and after the war will haunt readers long after they've read the last page. The Kite Runner is a stunning reminder that the dark hearts of adults are made, step-by-step, by the hatred they learn as children, and that all it takes for evil to triumph is for a good man to stand back and do nothing. Another great novel in the genre is'Quest'by Giorgio Kostantinos, it's one not to be missed.
Set in Afghanistan, in Kabul in the 1970's, the Kite Runner moves to the U.S.A and back. It includes fascinating characters like Amir who lived a privileged life as the son of an affluent man, and Hassan the son of a poor servant who perks for Amir's privileged life. The two become good friends, a friendship which is tested when Hassan is raped, a scene witnessed by Amir who made no effort to come to his friend's rescue. Yet Amir is haunted by that moment of cowardice even as he leaves for the USA.
Even though it is a fiction, this haunting story with spectacular, yet uncomfortable scenes creates in the reader a sense of reality that is difficult not to believe. I easily felt like I was reading the real life story of a young boy, who grows up still haunted by his past cowardice. The characters are real and alive, the setting in Afghanistan and America is superb, the plot is outstanding and the pace of the novel is fast and captivating.. All in all, this emotionally gripping story provides an insight and understanding of the human tragedy in Afghanistan. The author successfully touched on human emotions, stirring guilt, sadness, anger, and happiness throughout the book.Reminds me of DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE, BOOKSELLER OF KABUL, UNION MOUJIK, CRY THE BELOVED COUNTRY,THE USURPER AND OTHERS , which are all titles with unique settings and gripping stories and characters.
I also enjoyed the depictions of the Afghan emigre community in California, as these snapshots gave me a sense of the immigrant experience and the conflicts that are present when one leaves one homeland to adopt another.
I haven't read a novel in awhile that I wished wouldn't end, but this is the sort of feeling I had while reading the final few pages of THE KITE RUNNER. This is a good book for reading in a book club, as you will find yourself wanting to discuss the characters' motivations and plot elements with a friend. I highly recommend it.
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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. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Geekgirl1969
This was not what I expected at all as a high school English teacher. The CD's are the abridged version, not the full-length novel and, therefore, useless for students. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Scotmitc
fantastic book. made me cry, made me smile, made me filled with many emotions. just what a book should do. highly recommend it!Published 3 months ago by LF
Great style and feeling. Redemption earned through many lessons and such tragedy. Beautiful in so many ways. Well worth the read.Published 4 months ago by Robert P.