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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I became what I am today at the age of twelve... March 14 2006
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...on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975." So begins The Kite Runner, a poignant tale of two motherless boys growing up in Kabul, a city teetering on the brink of destruction at the dawn of the Soviet invasion.
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotions Jan. 3 2008
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This book was full of different emotions for me as I read through each page. Mr. Hosseini has done a great job of describing the characters, their emotions and the events in details that will stay with you for a long time. I must say that I still get tears in my eyes when I explain some parts of the story to the people that have not yet had the opportunity to read the book. Should you read the book? Yes, if you believe in the troubles in the world, in realities of life, loyality and family, then go for it. This has become one of the favourites of my collection. I also think that this book is an opportunity to learn for others who do not know the troubles that people in afghanistan have faced during this continued war for 30+ years. I heard the next book :A thousand Splendid Suns by the same author is another great book to read and I can not wait to start it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Leah
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I thought this was a great piece of popular fiction. It probably won't go down in literary history, but it was definitely captivating and written in a very accessible way. As for the plot, some parts of it didn't really ring true, in terms of some of the concidental encouters between characters and some exaggerated personalities. However, as someone who hardly new anything about the modern history of Afghanistan, the context of the book is just fascinating, and situating personal events into this context is really eye-opening. If you're not well versed in Middle eastern politics, then reading this book will make you much less ignorant about the world.

If I could, I would probably give this book 3.5 stars, but I'll give it 4 because 3 seems a little harsh!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it, Aug. 13 2006
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I have been reading novels for decades, but in all those years of reading, THE KITE RUNNER is possibly the best story I have read that has a non-western setting. An Afghan friend recommended this book to me, and of course I was skeptical at first. I never expected it to be such a powerful, deep moving, well-written and touching story that happened to be set in Afghanistan.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Every Cent Feb. 21 2005
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This is a knock you over great book. It is worth every cent. It has great literary value like you find in "Lovely Bones", "Time Traveler's Wife", or "My Fractured Life", but at the same time it really gets you to think about right, wrong, and the blurred lines between as with "The Five People You Find in Heaven" and "Secret Life of Bees." I highly suggest picking up a copy, you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What an ordeal
I cried and laughed and thought through this whole book. Couldn't put it down. So glad it ended on an somewhat "up" note.
Published 10 months ago by B. Arthurs-jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Always running
Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner brings deep truth through fiction. A masterpiece, by turns joyful and haunting; innocent and marred by shame and guilt, Hosseini draws us into... Read more
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