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)
My wife always reminds me that the movie is never as good the book. If you found the movie at all enjoyable then you'll love this book. In even the darkest times the characters come to life.
Wonderful, harrowing, absorbing, terrifying. This book is a rollercoaster ride all the way. I'm glad that I am blessed by living in Australia.
A great read... or listen, as it were. Could not put down. A roller coaster of emotion that left me fulfilled and sad at the same time. A must for any library. Mr. Hosseini told the story so wonderfully well that I had to go back to the description to confirm that it was fiction. He conveyed so vividly descriptions of the culture, the religion, the landscape and the soul of the Afghani people that you felt that he personally lived the tragedy… perhaps he did. He makes you taste the food, feel the dust and blood on your face, feel the anger and desperation so that you fall and triumph along with the hero.
I saw the movie first and this book was really the "frosting on the cake"! What a great look at a culture so different from mine. It gave me a real appreciation for my freedom in this country and the "plenty" we enjoy! This was a story of love, compassion, and redemption and I look forward to reading more of the author's works. Hearing the author read the story gave it more depth. The author spoke clearly and yet peppered the English text with many words from his own language without detracting from the story.
Living in a Middle Eastern culture myself, I was highly impressed with this story. It is realistic and believable. I could readily picture Amir and Hassan as they played and lived in a side-by-side, yet nowhere near equal, situation.
I both laughed and cried! This is a story which is difficult to pause for a few moments, for the evening... Let it suffice to say that I was staying up past my bedtime every night throughout this book.
I hope that Mr. Hosseini will be willing to write a sequel to this book.
I'm sure you have been told to read / listen The Kite Runner. This review will be nothing new but I felt compelled to put into words my appreciation for Mr. Hosseini's story-telling ability. It reads like an autobiography and more than once I googled him for a bio. The depth of feeling; the beautiful details and descriptive relationships make this story stand out in my top 10. Listen to this before seeing the movie. WOW.
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