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)
Starting out I thought this audiobook was going to be one of the most painful listens I've had. I was annoyed by the narrator's attempt to disguise his accent and developed the firm belief that no author should narrate their own work. Once I made it through the first few hours of the book, I quickly got over the poor narration as I was engaged by the story. The story tests the limits of not only the charaters but the listener. I found the story and characters enchanting and the insight into Afghan culture post and during Taliban captivating. Four stars due to the narration.
After three years as an audible listener, The Kite Runner is in my top 5. I had to remind myself that it was a work of fiction. It is written with the depth of actual, rather than fabricated experiences.
This book succeeds on many levels. It is a wonderfully told tale, engrossing from beginning to end--a romance, a tragedy, a mystery, and a historical saga. Best of all, Hosseini's story dispells many popularly held assumptions about Afganistan and Afgans, and reminds the reader that generalizations about people based on nationality, culture, or race are rarely appropriate.
This story proves the point, people are the same no matter the culture, the religion, the upbringing. This particular town is in afghanistan, a world in which I know very little. However, I know the people, they are jealous, loving, hateful at times, determined, stoic, brave, funny, and cowardice, just like the people I call my friends, neighbors and loved ones. I loved the book, thank you for a peek into that very human world, especially at this time in our history. Write on.
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The Kite Runner is a wonderful and poignant story. I highly recommend it. The writing is beautiful, the character development is deep and engaging, and the story is gripping. This is a big story about the love and hurts shared and felt by family and friends, and the growth that comes from the lessons that we learn in life. It is really well done.
This is undoubtedly the best book I 'read' this year! I immediately went out and bought a hard copy. It is a definite re-read. I can't wait for him to write another book.
Khaled Hosseini has that rare ability to paint his world in words for us to enjoy. recommend highly! Hope he does not stop here, 5 stars from me
Excellent story and kept me on the edge of my seat from country to country and character to character, just one of the best reads I've had in a long time.
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