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)
Unforgettable! Even though at times the story was almost too tragic to take and the end left me wanting just a bit more hope, this is one incredible book! I connected with the characters immediately and by the end I felt a profound connection to the history and culture of Afghanistan and a deep appreciation for its tragic history over the last 40 years or so.
The story is great, the narration is fantastic. I couldn't stop listening! The fact that the author (an Afghan-American) narrates adds an incredible sense of credibility and personalization.
I can't stop thinking about this story, or tell enough people how great it is, even months later.
Can't wait to hear more from this author...
This book will take your breath away. The main character is at once, both noble and despicable. The landscape is haunting and the listener can appreciate the love the Afghan people have for their homeland. If you would like to have a firm grip on the action of the book, open an Atlas and take a look at the maps of Afghanistan and Iran. The place names are difficult, but seeing them on the map helps to orient you to the locations in the story.
I have a hard time recommending this book yet, I am glad I listen to it. It gave me insight into a world and culture so different from my own and very real in today's war driven society. I found character names and places hard to follow. The language was difficult to comprehend at times. But the story is gripping and character's very real.
This book was a treat and to have it read by the author in perfect English and to hear Farsi pronounciations was a gift. The story is nothing like the classic To Kill a Mockingbird and yet has the same emotional impact with similar themes (prejudice, relationships, love, honor, standing up to bullies), the same elegance of structure and trust that the reader will connect the dots on a deeper level, and same transportation to a different community.
The novel is a bit slow to start, but shortly thereafter is entirely gripping. I was skeptical of an author-narrated audio book, but Husseini does a fantastic job and his accent immerses the listener even further into his beautifully created landscapes of Afghani locations and culture.
This is one of the three books which is required reading for the incoming class of Stanford University, next year (Fall 2006). I thought I would listen to it, though I wouldn't have generally chosen it. I like history and shy away from fiction. This book does not read like fiction and I wonder if many of the events did take place though there are some coincidences that can only be ficticious. I will find out from my daughter when she meets the author at Stanford. My daughter had a hard time reading the book because the author failed his best friend as well as himself. I encouraged my daughter to push on because our hero redeems himself. Every American should read this to feel the humanity of this Muslim author, the common ideas and philosophies we have in common and to experience the life in Afghanistan at its best and worst. The reader is excellent with just the right amount of accent.
This is an incredible story that pulls you in from the beginning and never lets go. Narrated in the 1st person, and against a historical background of Afghanistan, you have to keep reminding yourself it's a novel, not an amazing and touching autobiography. Excellent story, well-narrated...one of those books you hate for it to end!
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