The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

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Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable and beautifully told story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Raised in the same household and sharing the same wet nurse, Amir and Hassan grow up in different worlds: Amir is the son of a prominent and wealthy man, while Hassan, the son of Amir's father's servant, is a Hazara-a shunned ethnic minority. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them. When Amir and his father flee the country for a new life in California, Amir thinks that he has escaped his past. And yet he cannot leave the memory of Hassan behind him.

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: through the novel's faith in the power of reading and storytelling, and in the possibilities he shows us for redemption.
Publisher: [New York] : Simon & Schuster Audio, [date of publication not identified]
Edition: Unabridged.
Copyright Date: ℗2003
ISBN: 9781442364219
1442364211
Branch Call Number: CD HOS
Characteristics: 11 audio discs (12 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.

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"This critically acclaimed, multigenerational novel was challenged and banned because it includes sexual violence and was thought to 'lead to terrorism' and 'promote Islam.'" [Also available as an eBook, audiobook CD, downloadable audiobook and graphic novel.]

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EPLGreatStuff_Julie Nov 10, 2013

I was not a fan of the main character, and as such I wasn't able to appreciate this story as much as it deserved. I would still recommend this book. Hosseini is a brilliant writer and his books offer an intriguing glimpse into life in Afghanistan.

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bkilfoy Mar 28, 2013

Beautiful and heartbreaking, this novel brilliantly captures the relationship between Amir and Hassan which is full of complexities. It also reflects the shifting realities of Afghanistan from a poor, generally overlooked nation, to one at war with the USSR, to a nation which is discussed commonl... Read More »

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kantoni Sep 03, 2009

Okay, I admit it. I was a little ignorant as to why it's so important for our troops to be in Afghanistan. After reading this book, it became clear why they need to be there.


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kmcdouall
Aug 15, 2019

Tragedy and melodrama--a bit overdone for my taste, but a powerful story with strong characters in extreme ethical dilemmas.

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Alsultan_0
Aug 02, 2019

Made me cry ...made me live the life of the two boys as if I’m one of them

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EljayJohnson
Jul 21, 2019

I thought I would like it more. I really loved the first third of the book; wonderfully compelling, emotional, well written. It went downhill after that because in my mind Amir wasn't a strong enough character to shoulder the rest of the novel. Once other stronger characters had their moments upon the stage and then were heard no more (I don't want to spoil anything by naming them), the book was much weaker. A little boring even. It also didn't help that I read this Hosseini offering after reading his A Thousand Splendid Suns, which I loved and think is far superior. But I must be alone in all of this because, without exception, everyone I know loved it.

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huangl869
Jul 17, 2019

This is the best book that I have read so far. Strongly recommended!

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aleahwinston
Jun 06, 2019

The best book I have ever read. This is a beautifully written masterpiece. Everyone should read this book.

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ahen57
Mar 23, 2019

A gripping tale and an excellent read.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Feb 11, 2019

The Kite Runner was one of the first books I ever read, written by Khaled Hosseini. This book is a masterpiece as I have reread it many times over the years and I never get bored of it. The book starts of by showing the friendship of two childhood friends (Amir and Hassan) in
Afghanistan, Kabul. The book shows us how the beautiful bond of friendship between the
protagonist and his childhood friend develops. They face many hardships together and create many memories. Amir is the son of a wealthy merchant and the protagonist of this book. This beautiful book shows us many thing that we can all learn from and has a really deep meaning behind it that I will not say. I would honestly give this book a 4/5. I recommend that everyone should read this masterpiece and try to learn from it. @Eko of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This is a harrowing tale about two boys that in any other tale would be foes, but by chance become brothers. It will take you through a whirlwind of emotions. From happiness to disgust to heartbreak it will not fail to entertain. Hosseini captures the gut-wrenching reality of Afghanistan at the roots of its on-going war through the eyes of two boys who live opposite lives. This book deals with forgiveness, redemption, betrayal etc. It’s so impactful and shines a huge light on the cruelty of society. Though the book will leave you scared, it will make you happy because you have now been opened to a wanting to accept and understand the people around you. I would give this book a 5/5.
@Pandora of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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Linyarai
Jan 08, 2019

I read this for the "A Sports Related Book" part of my 2019 reading challenge. I gave it a 4 because it's well written and I read it in a day and couldn't put it down, but overall I strongly dislike it and find it really depressing and traumatizing.

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1aa
Jan 07, 2019

A relatively new idea: no freakish time jumps, point of view jumps, or long pseudo-essays. Just a good narrative; a book that tells a story, telling of events in the order in which they occurred. Its refreshing to those who read too much modernist literature. The first third or so of the book was what I found most interesting, and most of the rest was a bit too... not boring... but somehow I was less able to relish the story. There are so many plot developments that saying what I think of the book will give many of them away - and its the main delight to the reader. The author reads the audio version fairly well.

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Dream24
Aug 30, 2018

wow that was quite the read!

For the most part the story is pretty heartbreaking and heart wrenching

Loyalty, family/bloodlines, pride and redemption play a heavy role throughout the book. What happened that day during the kite running contest helped changed the lives of Hassan and Amir forever. Should Amir have spoken up to someone about what happened or stepped in? Well that is a hard question to answer given that he was also a scared young boy who has never had to step up to the plate before. Maybe he should have but then we would never had seen him attempt to redeem himself for the rest of his life.

While it was an interesting read, there was just too many coincidences to keep the story going

The last section, where Amir travels back to his country to meet with his former mentor, it gets a little too fantastical. Like really he can just waltz into the country like that, run into friendly and helpful people and presume he can just take the kid and leave the country safely?!

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Panda186
Dec 05, 2017

Panda186 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

fatimax Mar 05, 2017

fatimax thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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JihadiConservative
Nov 09, 2015

JihadiConservative thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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KABuck
Aug 06, 2015

KABuck thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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MoonRiver5301
Apr 15, 2015

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eparti
Apr 03, 2015

eparti thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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Nymeria23
Jul 15, 2014

Nymeria23 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

SaveTheCat Jun 22, 2014

SaveTheCat thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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sumaiyah98
Mar 05, 2014

sumaiyah98 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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green_elk_25
Mar 04, 2014

green_elk_25 thinks this title is suitable for 1 years and over

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Panda186
Dec 05, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Multiple intense scenes frightening for younger children.

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Panda186
Dec 05, 2017

Sexual Content: Rape (not graphic) and other suggested instances of sexual content.

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Panda186
Dec 05, 2017

Violence: A few fight and murder scenes, some having to do with the Taliban.

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vv19
Dec 09, 2015

Violence: Murder and violence

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vv19
Dec 09, 2015

Sexual Content: rape of a child

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vv19
Dec 09, 2015

Coarse Language: Some obscene words used

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JihadiConservative
Nov 09, 2015

Violence: some brutality

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JihadiConservative
Nov 09, 2015

Sexual Content: Homosexual rape (not graphic)

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eparti
Apr 03, 2015

Violence: Rape scene(s), stoning and hanging scenes may be disturbing to sensitive readers.

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eparti
Apr 03, 2015

Coarse Language: Coarse language is peppered throughout the novel. Some sensitive readers may find it offensive.

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KeenaL
Jun 16, 2016

For you a thousand times over.

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KABuck
Aug 06, 2015

"But I hope you will heed this: A man who has no conscience, no goodness, does not suffer. I hope your suffering comes to an end with this journey to Afghanistan."
(Hosseini, 315)

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wendyvoid
Jul 01, 2015

"For you, a thousand times over."

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eparti
Apr 03, 2015

"... but it's wrong what they say about the past, I've learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out." -'Amir'

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bookbabbles
Sep 13, 2014

"For you a thousand times over!" he said. Then he smiled his Hassan smile and disappeared around the corner. The next time I saw him smile unabashedly like that was twenty-six years later, in a faded Polaroid photograph.

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MinhThiNguyen
Jul 22, 2014

“There is only one sin. and that is theft... when you tell a lie, you steal someones right to the truth.”
― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

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MinhThiNguyen
Jul 22, 2014

“People say that eyes are windows to the soul.”
― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

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Nymeria23
Jul 15, 2014

“She said, 'I'm so afraid.' And I said, 'why?,' and she said, 'Because I'm so profoundly happy, Dr. Rasul. Happiness like this is frightening.' I asked her why and she said, 'They only let you be this happy if they're preparing to take something from you."

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LexiLou2
Jan 31, 2014

Then I realized something: that thought had brought no sting with it. Closing Sohrab's door, I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded, not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night. [313]

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squinton
Jun 08, 2013

"It was only a smile, nothing more. It didn't make everything all right. It didn't make anything all right.

Only a smile. Any tiny thing. A leaf in the woods, shaking in the wake of a startled bird's flight.

But I'll take it. With open arms. Because when spring comes, it melts the snow one flake at a time, and maybe I just witnessed the first flake melting."

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MegK
May 11, 2010

When Amir and Hassan were young boys, Amir witnessed something horrible and did not step in to stop it. This causes him horrible guilt and ruins the friendship he had with Hassan. Years later, he has a chance to redeem himself, by returning to Afghanistan. But her realizes that this country is not the one he remembers from his childhood.

EPLPicks_Teen Mar 30, 2010

The story of friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul, Afghanistan and the act of cowardice that haunts one of them until he is able to atone for it, years later.

Lauren Jul 21, 2008

Two boys grow up together in Afghanistan. Amir is the son of a wealthy man, and Hassan is the son of their Hazara servant. Although the boys are initially inseparable, when Amir fails his unswervingly loyal friend, their friendship falls apart. This book follows Amir's life in the aftermath of this failure, during his quest "to be good again".

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Gracie
Oct 25, 2007

This is a book about a child growing up in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule.

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