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)
This audio is not only one of the best books I ever heard, but also best I ever read! Beautifully written, funny, touching. Its greatness is in the ease of memories of the past, feelings and thoughts of the present... all flying into the protagonist's mind... There is always a light suspense, hint of what may/or not come. Great narration speed and tone add much color to this unforgettable story about a country many of us int the West do not know about.
I highly recommend it to all who are far away from home but who keep the homeland close to their heart - you will relate that much more.
Excellent book, author captures the feeling of being in Afghanastan and the characters very well. I would strongly recommend this book
I'll admit, I'm your typical American guy and had no idea about the culture and turmoil details in Afghanistan. This book not only weaves a wonderful tale of hardships, but educates the reader about Afghans and their country. The author's self loathing is a bit much at times, but overall a very good listen. I enjoyed this book far more than the "A Thousand Splendid Suns"; which, honestly, I didn't like at all.
What a great story teller! I found it informative, entertaining, emotional, heartbreaking, and thought provoking. I cannot say which I preferred--The Kite Runner or A Thousand Spendid Suns--both engrossing tales.
Initialy, I didn't want this book but it was highly rated and I figured I'd give it a try. WOW.
It's now one of my top 5 favorite books. BEAUTIFULLY written.
Please, read this book.
Broad historical strokes and modern conflict give this compelling story both depth and breadth. The Afghan culture is given to us through the experience of boys and their fathers, and in the context of conquest, strife, and human weakness. There is tenderness and frailty here as well as undeserved loyalty and grace. As the author says, there's no happy ending here, but perhaps a hope. Something that seems more and more rare in this starkly beautiful and fiercely proud country.
I loved this book because it exposed me to another world. Cultural information was woven into a wonderful story of two boys growing up together in Afghanistan. That is how the story started. Then, the author took me on a wonderful journey of life, full of emotion and suspense. I was drawn into novel because Hosseini is a wonderful author. I cannot wait to read more of his works.
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