The Kite Runner is a novel about friendship and betrayal, and about 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.
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"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)
I came to this book with no pre-conceptions, but I have to say I ended up disappointed.
First the positives: the language and style of the writing are solid. The author does a very good job of reading his own work, which is rare in this industry. The novel feels authentic. It is a touching subject matter.
But my opinion of the book dropped sharply the more I heard, mostly for one reason. The plot is so predictable that it had me rolling my eyes at some points. I feel obligated not to list them here as they might spoil other readers, but there are very many heavy-handed plot devices in this book. Nearly every major plot point was heavily foreshadowed, and the level of coincidence caused me to actually laugh out loud at some inappropriate points. It's hard to feel much suspense when you know the author is taking a safe path all the time.
It will be interesting to see how this translates into movie form, where I expect many others will notice that the plot falls down once the prose is stripped away.
This book provides a totally new perspective on the culture and character of the Afghan people. Not all Afghans are Taliban or terrorists. The author tells a well written and spellbinding story that is hard to put down. The occupation by the Russians, the terror of the Taliban raids, and the bombing of their country highlights the hardship that the real people of this country have endured. I cannot say it erased all prejudice, but the characters in this book touched my heart.
This was a little slow at the beginning, but it picked up & I really liked it. It was interesting to hear what Afghanistan was like before the Russian invasion & to get a a glimpse of what it was like under the Taliban. I liked the way the author didn't make the ending all sugar and spice, but kept it real.
Joseph Campbell said that there is but one real story: the hero's journey. "The Kite Runner's" protagonist Amir makes for a most unlikely hero. He is neither physically strong nor capable of the great deeds for which his towering father is known. But this is every man's story: loss, redemption and renewal. To hear the author read his own words was a privilege and brought life to the spoken word. 11 hours is a long running time, but in Hosseini's hands time flies and I enjoyed every moment of it. I highly recommend this title to those who know that there is a little bit of hero in all of us.
I spend most of my time travelling and fill the long spaces between destinations with audio books. Others have written more comprehensive reviews, so I will keep it brief and say that this book filled the time completely. Wonderful story, well told and totaly engaging.
The Kite Runner touches on relationships with our families that reaches across cultures and religions. It also gives greater insight to what Afganistan was once like and how greed and war change everyones life that it touches. It also shows the ruthlessness of the Taliban and gave me a greater understanding of what the US is dealing with in the Mid-east.
This is an amazing book on growing up and realizing how mistakes can have a domino effect.
I went to sleep at night listening to this book. I did not want to put it down.
"Touching and gripping."
Excellent; a window on another world as well as a touching story of love, devotion and atonement. I highly recommend this book.
This a beautifully written poignant story of unconditional love during turbulent times in Afghanistan and of how an adolescent boy's jealousy has long and devastating repercussions. This book is a journey of emotions from the first page to the last.
"Not as good as the hype."
Before listening to this I had heard many rave reviews of the book and therefore began to listen with high expectations. However, I found the story very disappointing, mainly due to the lack of affection I felt for the main character. He seemed to be amoral and self-centred, which resulted in me not really caring what happened to him. Although the book is well written, I found that my lack of connection with the main character meant that I had to force myself to listen to the whole book. I ended up being relieved when it was over, and confused about what everyone else seems to love about this book.
I don't usually read books about war and strife preferring to be entertained, but came across this book because of all the hype and thought I would give it a go. I was hooked from the beginning - it is a hauntingly good book and although it is set in troubling times it looks at the very real human problems that happen to individuals caught up in uneasy times. I listened all the way through in one day, and then went straight on to download his next book. Buy it - you certainly won't be disappointed
"Simply a brilliant epic story"
This is the harrowing tale of Amir from his early days in Afghanistan through to the U.S. and back to find the boyhood friend he betrayed. It's backdrop is a period of almost continuous war from the Russian invasion, through to the time of the brutal Taliban regime. It is harrowing in places, brilliantly written and performed and impossible to put down. In my top 10 any day.
Absolutely fantastic! Hosseini's voice really transports you to the streets of Kabul. A moving story which will stay with you forever.
Loved it, can't wait to read/listen to other books by this author! Bravo as the author said
Could not leave the book if I wanted to. It became part of my thoughts. I had to keep listening.
One of the best books I've come across. An incredible experience enriched by the narration of the Author himself.
"Wow, what a story!"
I loved this book it gave a new insight into the troubles of Afghanistan, brutal in parts, made me flinch but for all that a great tale of love, betrayal & consequence. Didn't want it to end & the author Khaled Hosseini was a brilliant narrator!
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