The Kite Runner (Paperback)

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A gripping, poignant story that opens one's eyes and charges the heart. Five big stars for Hosseini!

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The Kite Runner. In this riveting novel, narrator and protagonist Amir is told by his mentor, Rahim Khan, that only good men suffer from the mistakes of their past. And in the pages of Khaled Hosseini's debut novel, THE KITE RUNNER, Amir does indeed suffer from his egregious--almost unconscionable--behavior: behavior and inaction that betray his childhood friend. Fleeing war-ravaged Afghanistan with his father in the 1980s, finding love and success in the San Francisco Bay area, Amir continues to be haunted by his past--by images of Hassan, his best friend, the son of his father's servant. Hassan showed nothing but devotion to Amir; following a brutal incident in the wake of a wonderful kite tournament in Kabul, Amir rejected, then turned his back on Hassan. Throughout the novel the pain lingers, year after year, until Amir's mentor summons him to return to Afghanistan--now raped and pillaged by the Taliban--to atone for his past mistakes. <P> Hosseini's account of two inseparable boys growing up in a relatively quiet and peaceful Kabul of the 1970s is wonderfully written. The sights, sounds, smells, customs, of a distant land and a distant culture resonate as the author weaves his story. Yet there is an ominous undertone of impending darkness and gloom, beginning with Amir's betrayal of Hassan, and the novel subsequently embarks on a most sorrowful, sad, and painful journey. Amir's return to Afghanistan--only months before the 9/11 attacks--to search for a little boy is spellbinding as it is excruciating. Again, Hosseini's writing evokes strong emotions--right up to the very last sentence. <P> As much as I would love to give THE KITE RUNNER five stars, I am disturbed by two very troublesome components, both of an editorial nature. I can live with an occasional author error or inconsistency in a given scene; unfortunately, this novel suffers from several. (As an example, in one scene a character crushes his cigarette, then four paragraphs later takes a drag on the cigarette.) It is inexcusable for a major publishing house like Riverhead to release a book containing errors that stick out like a ten-inch sore thumb. Second, while it is understandable Hosseini wishes to find his writing &quot;voice,&quot; it becomes annoying, after awhile, and as the scenes become more dramatic, for the author to plug in a run-on sentence, followed promptly by a sentence fragment. Such devices inherently get in the way of the story, and the story is first and foremost tantamount to the reading experience. <P> Annoying (and disappointing) components, to be sure, yet THE KITE RUNNER is a compelling, engrossing story which reminds me of 'The Quest' by Giorgio Kostantinos both I very much recommend. --.

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A magnificent work... it touches deep within

by A feature writer on 1/14/2005

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by Danieal Marcovey on 2/21/2006

The Kite Runner. In this riveting novel, narrator and protagonist Amir is told by his mentor, Rahim Khan, that only good men suffer from the mistakes of their past. And in the pages of Khaled Hosseini's debut novel, THE KITE RUNNER, Amir does indeed suffer from his egregious--almost unconscionable--behavior: behavior and inaction that betray his childhood friend. Fleeing war-ravaged Afghanistan with his father in the 1980s, finding love and success in the San Francisco Bay area, Amir continues to be haunted by his past--by images of Hassan, his best friend, the son of his father's servant. Hassan showed nothing but devotion to Amir; following a brutal incident in the wake of a wonderful kite tournament in Kabul, Amir rejected, then turned his back on Hassan. Throughout the novel the pain lingers, year after year, until Amir's mentor summons him to return to Afghanistan--now raped and pillaged by the Taliban--to atone for his past mistakes. <P> Hosseini's account of two inseparable boys growing up in a relatively quiet and peaceful Kabul of the 1970s is wonderfully written. The sights, sounds, smells, customs, of a distant land and a distant culture resonate as the author weaves his story. Yet there is an ominous undertone of impending darkness and gloom, beginning with Amir's betrayal of Hassan, and the novel subsequently embarks on a most sorrowful, sad, and painful journey. Amir's return to Afghanistan--only months before the 9/11 attacks--to search for a little boy is spellbinding as it is excruciating. Again, Hosseini's writing evokes strong emotions--right up to the very last sentence. <P> As much as I would love to give THE KITE RUNNER five stars, I am disturbed by two very troublesome components, both of an editorial nature. I can live with an occasional author error or inconsistency in a given scene; unfortunately, this novel suffers from several. (As an example, in one scene a character crushes his cigarette, then four paragraphs later takes a drag on the cigarette.) It is inexcusable for a major publishing house like Riverhead to release a book containing errors that stick out like a ten-inch sore thumb. Second, while it is understandable Hosseini wishes to find his writing &quot;voice,&quot; it becomes annoying, after awhile, and as the scenes become more dramatic, for the author to plug in a run-on sentence, followed promptly by a sentence fragment. Such devices inherently get in the way of the story, and the story is first and foremost tantamount to the reading experience. <P> Annoying (and disappointing) components, to be sure, yet THE KITE RUNNER is a compelling, engrossing story which reminds me of 'The Quest' by Giorgio Kostantinos both I very much recommend. --. Read More

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From the Publisher
An epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, that takes us from the final days of Afghanistan’s monarchy to the atrocities of the present.

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption. And it is also about the power of fathers over sons -- their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

The first Afghan novel to be written in English, The Kite Runner tells a sweeping story of family, love, and friendship against a backdrop of history that has not been told in fiction before, bringing to mind the large canvasses of the Russian writers of the nineteenth century. But just as it is old-fashioned in its narration, it is contemporary in its subject -- the devastating history of Afghanistan over the past thirty years. As emotionally gripping as it is tender, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful debut.

About the Author:
Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, the son of a diplomat whose family received political asylum in the United States in 1980. He lives in northern California, where he is a physician. The Kite Runneris his first novel.

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Publisher Penguin Group USA
Mfg Part# 9781594480003
SKU 36272950
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1594480001
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5L x 1T
Praise
"Here's a real find: a striking debut from an Afghan now living in the US....Rather than settle for a coming-of-age or travails-of-immigrants story, Hosseini has folded them both into this searing spectacle of hard-won personal salvation. All this, and a rich slice of Afghan culture too: irresistible."
"...Khaled Hosseini gives us a vivid and engaging story that reminds us how long his people have been struggling to triumph over the forces of violence--forces that continue to threaten them even today."
"[A] passionate story about guilt, honour and forgiveness, enlivened both by its capacity to offer a valuable insider's view into a country much in the news, and by its wisdom about how life is all about the choices we make."
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Annotation This epic novel is set in Afghanistan, beginning in the days of the monarchy and reaching to the early 21st century. It was written by an Afghani--now a physician--whose family found asylum in the U.S. in 1980.
Annotation 1 This epic novel is set in Afghanistan, beginning in the days of the monarchy and reaching to the early 21st century. Amir is the son of a wealthy man; his best friend is Hassan, the son of his father's servant. Growing up in Kabul, the two share an idyllic childhood until a traumatic event--and Amir's act of cowardly betrayal--changes the nature of their friendship. Amir, who ends up in America, is tortured by his betrayal of Hassan, and he finds himself compelled to return, years later, to a Taliban-dominated Afghanistan to make amends. THE KITE RUNNER, written by an Afghani--now a physician--whose family found asylum in the U.S. in 1980--personalizes the conflicts in Afghanistan and the US involvement there. A debut novel, it was hailed by critics for its poetic prose and vivid characters.
First Line I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975.
Editors Note Traces the unlikely friendship of Amir, a wealthy Afghanistani youth, and a servant's son, in a tale that spans the final days of the nation's monarchy through the atrocities of the present day. Reader's Guide available. Reprint.
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