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The Kite Runner | [Khaled Hosseini]

The Kite Runner

Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable and beautifully told story of the friendship between two boys, Amir and Hassan, growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them. When Amir and his father flee the country for a new life in California, Amir thinks that he has escaped his past. And yet he cannot leave the memory of Hassan behind him.
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Publisher's Summary

Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable and beautifully told story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Raised in the same household and sharing the same wet nurse, Amir and Hassan grow up in different worlds: Amir is the son of a prominent and wealthy man; Hassan, as the son of Amir's father's servant, is a Hazara - a shunned ethnic minority. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them. When Amir and his father flee the country for a new life in California, Amir thinks that he has escaped his past. And yet he cannot leave the memory of Hassan behind him.

The Kite Runner is a novel about friendship, betrayal, and the price of loyalty. It is about the bonds between fathers and sons, and the power of fathers over sons - their love, their sacrifices, and their lies. Written against a backdrop of history that has not been told in fiction before, The Kite Runner describes the rich culture and beauty of a land in the process of being destroyed. But through the devastation, Khaled Hosseini offers hope for redemption.

©2003 Khaled Hosseini; (P)2003 Simon and Schuster Inc. All Rights Reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon and Schuster Audio Division, Simon and Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Alex Award Winner, 2004

" "A beautiful novel...ranks among the best-written and most provocative stories of the year." (The Denver Post)
"Powerful first novel...tells a story of fierce cruelty and fierce yet redeeming love." (The New York Times)

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    "Riveting, moving, eye opening"

    This book carried me way past my bedtime as I couldn't turn it off. Surprised I found it in the kids section as some graphic disturbing description. I will search for more of his work.

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    Kathleen El Cajon, CA, USA 03-29-08
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    Interesting personal story. Lacks historical background.

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    Carolyn East WarburtonAustralia 10-18-07
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    "A beautiful book"

    This was one of the most beautifully written and most touching books i have ever listened to.

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    Amber El Cajon, CA, USA 10-10-07
    Amber El Cajon, CA, USA 10-10-07
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    "kite runner"

    I really like that the author is the one who reads this book. That way you can catch the correct pronunciations and experience the story with more passion and emotion. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because he doesn't read the whole book, I think it must be the abridged version. But I guess that's my fault for not catching that... it is still an excellent book.

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    Brad Los Altos Hills, CA, USA 02-13-09
    Brad Los Altos Hills, CA, USA 02-13-09
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    I learned a lot.

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    Cindy Albuquerque, NM, USA 05-25-08
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    "The Kite Runner"

    A great story. The author was very descriptive. This was a moving story. It is too bad that the movie cannot even compare to the book.

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    Rhea MILFORD, CT, USA 12-27-07
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    "Deserves every prize and praise"

    You might think The Kite Runner is overpraised, if you haven't read it, but this truly moving story is astonishingly humane. It's an important book, too, because it helps us Westerners understand some of what the battered Afghan people have been through and reminds us that, as in most geopolitical conflicts, it's the ordinary people, caught in the middle with no dog in the fight, who pay the greatest price.

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    Mark union, ON, Canada 12-22-07
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    "compelling story"

    This is a compelling story of two brothers whose lives are forever linked. Having recently lost my own brother this book resonated in a powerful way. Highly recommend it.

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    "Highly Entertaining, Eye-Opening Book"

    Very Good, highly recommended

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