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The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

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Overview: The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner is a heart-wrenching and deeply moving fiction novel that sways from side to side various human emotions and relations. It is, indeed, the debut novel for the author, Khaled Hosseini, but he manages to keep the readers engaged with a heavy heart. The book was published in 2003 and remained as number one New York Times bestseller for more than two years.

Amir, the protagonist and the narrator, is from a well-to-do Pashtun family of 1970s Afghanistan. He loves to fly kites with his Hazara, a low class, friend, Hassan; the kite runner, who knows exactly where the cut kite will land. A warm atmosphere and affectionate aura prevail in Amir's house because his father loves both the boys and has a trust upon Hassan to take care of physically weak and less courageous Amir.

Like every coin has two sides, the Kabul city also has narrow minded people who treat people according to the class they belong. The friendship of Amir and Hassan is continuously mocked by a notorious boy named Assef. One day he prepares to beat Amir, but Hassan defends his friend and threatens the bully to back off or else his slingshot will shoot Assef's eye out. Assef retreats but warns for a revenge.

Amir participates in a local kite flying tournament, and he manages to win it earning praises from his father and everyone in the town. As Amir cuts the last kite, Hassan says, "For you, a thousand times over", and runs to get the kite- a great trophy for his friend. Amidst the celebration, he waits for his friend's return with the prized possession, but in vain.

Amir goes out in search for his friend and encounters something terrible which he chooses to ignore though it is Hassan, who is on the receiving of the torture. The incident develops a guilt feeling in him, yet not able to face it and thus plans to part ways with Hassan.

As time passes by and due to certain unavoidable circumstance, Amir moves to California with his father, continues his studies, grows up and even gets married. But all through these years, he could not get rid of the guilt and achieve redemption. But one day he manages to gather his courage and sets out to pay for what he did not do- which made his friend suffer.

And the Mountains Echoed and A Thousand Splendid Suns are some of the famous works of this Afghan-American author, Khaled Hosseini. You can order the paperback edition published by Bloomsbury publication with ISBN-10: 0747566534 and ISBN-13: 978-0747566534 from the store.

Features: The Kite Runner

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Product Details
Language English
Publication Date April 17, 2004
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Contributor(s) Khaled Hosseini
Binding Paperback
Edition New edition
Page Count 336
ISBN 10 0747566534
ISBN 13 9780747566533
Dimensions and Weight
Product Weight 1.1 kg
Product Dimensions 12.9 cm x 2.3 cm x 19.8 cm
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  1. 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
     “I became what I am today at the age of twelve…." 23 September, 2013 On
    If you read the back cover of the book the story revolves around life of a 12 year old boy Amir who is desperate to get his father approval and his servant Hassan who is also his loyal friend and events that forth come in their respective journey.
    But what it misses to tell you is that it's not just another story by another writer its much more than that, 'Have you ever read a book in which you could feel the author’s soul in it?' well that’s how touching this book is I have read many novels till now and never have I had such a dilemma where I am so grasped into finishing the book and still at same time I do not have enough emotional strength to go through with it at all…never have I had woeful tears coming out my eyes while reading a book.
    This book is overwhelming and exceptionally written that though the story was shattering me inside, when I finished it I couldn’t help but praise the author as that day I was close to literature yet again I was reminded that there is no limit to how powerful words can be.

    Its not just the story even the character sketch of the author is remarkably honest, throughout the book he maintained the characters personality and was truthful with their temperament. His portrayal of an honest friend created a character, which is unforgettable in the hearts of those who were by his side till the end of journey of this beautifully weaved novel.
    At last in simple words "its a must read".
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  2.  An Emotional Plight of Two Lives 28 December, 2014 On
    Khaled Hosseini is a distinguished writer from Afghanistan and founder of Khaled Hosseini Foundation to help the refugees and downtrodden of his country.

    The Kite Runner is a book based on two young boys who lived together but were never close to each other due to their social status.

    Storyline: Amir, the son of a rich man in Kabul, Afghanistan is befriended by Hassan, a boy who is born to a low caste Hazara. Hassan, though is the servant’s kid, is allowed to play, dine and assist Amir in his daily routine. The innocent loyalty of Hassan towards Amir is so high that Amir’s father treats him as his second son and never treated him like a servant. But Amir doesn’t replicate the same to Hassan many times, particularly one day when Hassan was attacked by a group of anti-Hazara boys from the neighbourhood, when Hassan runs to fetch the kite struck and won by Amir in the famous Kite Festival of Kabul. This guilt of betrayal makes Amir to distance himself from Hassan though the later never minded it. This leads to Hassan leaving Amir’s home forever. Amir and his father later migrate to America after Afghanistan was taken over by the Russians. Hassan is forgotten by Amir in due course. After some years, Amir gets married in America and decides to visit Afghanistan followed by a phone call by his uncle Rahim. There he comes to know of his life secret that Hassan is non other than his half brother born to his father and the servant maid. Hassan dies in a Taliban attack trying to protect Amir’s house in Kabul a little earlier and is survived by his son, Sohrab. This child of Hassan is abducted by the Talibs from an orphanage and sexually abused. Amir takes the responsibility of rescuing Sohrab from the Talibs and adopts him, as a remorse to all his sins of betraying his father. Moreover Amir himself is childless. But the emotionally insecure Sohrab will not be able to gel into the new family as he misses his parents and freedom. After Afghanistan is freed from the Talibs, Amir and his family re-visits his homeland to do some charity activities. During one such activity, Sohrab takes interest in flying a kite and Amir flies the kite for him just like the way Sohrab’s father used to do for Amir. The story ends with Amir cutting the opponent’s kite and running for the severed kite just like the way his brother Hassan, used to do for him.

    Pros: A great emotional story of live of two happy kids from different social strata, transformed into a tragedy for no fault of theirs. A story which shows how millions of lives have tragic endings due to an unexpected turmoil in the form of constant war, killings of the innocents and suffering of the survivors. Lucky were the one who were dead and dilapidated were the lives of the left behind. A highly emotional writing with apt usage of classic prose that will leave no reader tearless while reading this book. I would recommend this book to every reader to know how some lives end up in tragedy simply for no fault of theirs. I appreciate the author’s talent in highlighting the Afghan culture and tradition in the most desirable way.

    Cons: Child abuse was the point I hated to read in this book. Though this was the most disturbing fact of the day and ever growing menace in today’s world, I could not stand the way Hassan and his son were abused sexually by the upper caste during their childhood days. How can one do it to a kid? Disgusting!!! No wonder such kids will grow with extremist ideas and replicate the same after they grow up, inculcating the mindset of violence in their behavior..

    My rating is 4.25 out of 5
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  3.  An awesome read of a lifetime- great work done 10 July, 2014 On
    A remarkable story about two friends and how the series of event in lives shape the characters. There is an element of mystery starting from the moment you read and the best part is that you know that mystery still you want that to remain a mystery.
    After reading this book , I watched the movie adaptation of the book and I found that quite justified.
    I perceive this to be the philosophy of life, the way unknowns reveals in your life sometimes that your brain is not even able to process this information.
    Children don't know about the difference of any kind , they just flow in to each other, its adults who make us realize that this is slave or master. There is innocence , love , action and enmity , everything has been weaved in to the fabric of this book that you cherish this till the end, There would not be no innuendos about the story because I want you to read this one.
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  4.  Must read! 18 December, 2013 On
    The author has detailed every nuance which literally brings to life the characters, places and emotions. It is engaging and that helps in even getting back to the book easy. I bet you will not be able to put the book down that easily. The relationship of friends, brothers, father-son are all so well pictured and each of them given due credit.

    Unique relationships, touching story and awesome narration.
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  5.  Well Written 9 August, 2014 On
    I started reading this recently and I liked it from the very first page. It's a simple read, with a decent narration.

    I watched the movie first and loved it, though drama is actually not my cup of tea. That made me add this book to my TBR list.

    I hope this keeps me interested. If I like this, I'll move to Khaled's other books too.
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  6. 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
     Khaled Hosseini’s Brilliant Debut 16 May, 2013 On
    From the war ravaged land of Afghanistan to the suburbs of sunny California, The Kite Runner takes us on an incredible journey across decades. The novel beautifully describes various aspects of human emotions, including the childhood friendship of Amir and Hassan, Rahim Khan’s gentle and persistence guidance, Baba’s fatherly love, Hassan’s devotion, Amir and Soraya’s mature and accommodating love to mention a few. All this and more is set under the ruthless background of Taliban bureaucracy. The Kite Runner is a must-read.
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