The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner

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 that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.A sweeping story of family, ...


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TitleThe Kite Runner
Author
Release DateMay 1st, 2004
PublisherRiverhead Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Contemporary
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Reviews The Kite Runner

  • فرشاد
    2015-06-12
    In 2012, when I was Mathematics teacher at a private high school in Iran, I had an Afghan student in my class. Sometimes, I discussed with my students about literature, and I told them of novels and poem. I found it very strange that my students had no interest in literature and even sometimes looked with hostility to this discussion. Days passed and much time was left to the end of school year. One day I saw Ali, Afghan student, came to me and h...
  • Britta
    2007-11-12
    "For you, a thousand times over.""Children aren't coloring books. You don't get to fill them with your favorite colors.""...attention shifted to him like sunflowers turning to the sun.""But even when he wasn't around, he was.""When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal a wife's right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone's right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness. There...
  • Chris
    2007-05-21
    Due to the large number of negative comments I've received, including death wishes, I've added the following request:Please do not take this review (or yourself) too seriously when reading it. I became what I am today at the age of twenty-nine, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 2008. What I am about to tell you about what I became is going to be very shocking. It is going to manipulate your emotions. It may include some random words in my...
  • J.G. Keely
    2008-05-21
    This is the sort of book White America reads to feel worldly. Just like the spate of Native American pop fiction in the late eighties, this is overwhelmingly colonized literature, in that it pretends to reveal some aspect of the 'other' culture, but on closer inspection (aside from the occasional tidbit) it is a thoroughly western story, firmly ensconced in the western tradition. Even those tidbits Hosseini gives are of such a vague degree that t...
  • Linda
    2007-11-10
    Finished this book about a month ago but it's taken me this long to write a review about it because I have such mixed feelings about it. It was a deeply affecting novel, but mostly not in a good way. I really wanted to like it, but the more I think about what I didn't like about the book, the more it bothers me. I even downgraded this review from two stars to one from the time I started writing it to the time I finished.Let's start off with the g...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2008-04-13
    The kite runner, 2003, Khaled HosseiniThe Kite Runner is the first novel by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini. Published in 2003 by Riverhead Books, it tells the story of Amir, a young boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, whose closest friend is Hassan. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of Afghanistan's monarchy through the Soviet military intervention, the exodus of refugees to Pakistan and ...
  • Will Byrnes
    2008-10-29
    This is a wonderful, moving novel set in the Afghanistan of the early 70’s and of today, about a young boy and his friend growing up in Kabul. Amir desperately wants his father’s approval, but Baba is not quick to give it. He is a rich man, brimming with macho vibrancy, while his son is a different sort altogether. Amir is fast friends with Hassan, the son of his father’s servant. They are as close as brothers. But, beset by bullies, an eve...
  • Caz (littlebookowl)
    2016-10-01
    4.5 stars!Oh, my heart. This was heartbreaking and beautifully written!
  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
    2017-09-04
    ”When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness. There is no act more wretched than stealing.”I’m going to be honest with you. To read this book was a constant struggle, not because I didn’t like the writing style, not because it was bad and not because it was borin...
  • Federico DN
    2019-05-07
    Two little friends, an unspeakable secret, and a quest for redemption."Amir" and "Hassan" are two little boys living in the peaceful Afghanistan of 1975, before the russian invasion, and the subsequent civil wars. Amir is the spoiled son of a wealthy and prominent merchant. Hassan is the cleft lipped son of an inferior caste, and a servant in the house they both live in. During their childhood they become fervent competitors in kite fighting tour...
  • Julie
    2019-10-23
    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini ( Berliani M. Nugrahani, Translator) is a 2004 Riverhead Books publication. Earlier this year I read Moloka'i by Alan Brennert, another book, like this one, written back in 2004. It seemed I was the only person in the world who had not read the book, and once I’d finished reading it, I wondered why it had taken me so long to read it. This got me to thinking about all the books that I’d intended to read, but ...
  • Candace
    2016-12-30
    Check out more of my reviews at www.bookaddicthaven.com'The Kite Runner' had been sitting on my TBR list for years. I kept putting it off because while I was sure that it would be a fantastic book, it isn't the type of smutty romance that I usually read. I knew that I'd have to be in the right kind of mood to read it. Finally, I found myself wanting to read something a little different to break me out of a reading rut and I downloaded the Audible...
  • Matt
    2008-01-14
    i really wanted to like this novel. judging from its thousands of 'five-star reviews' hailing it as the one of the 'best books ever written,' i'm in the minority when i state that this novel, while well-intentioned, just left a little bit of sour taste in my mouth. my problems with the novel are as follows: first of all the writing itself is so ham-fistened, heavy-handed, distracting and otherwise puzzling that by the midway point, i seriously co...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    2015-10-27
    I'm really mad at myself for taking so long to read this. SUCH a good book, and while it may not be worthy of 5 stars for me, I really did love it and it broke my heart a hundred times. I look forward to reading Hosseini's other books, most likely this year.
  • Henry Avila
    2012-09-05
    Amir, a little boy growing up in the early 1970's in Kabul the capital of Afghanistan, has the idyllic life a wealthy father Baba, a widower the mother died giving birth to Amir he believes the father hates him for that, in the most beautiful house some say in the city, a great friend Hassan the son of Ali, a servant and loyal to the family. Baba and Ali had been friends too in childhood strange since Hassan's father is just a Hazara (Mongol), Ha...
  • jessica
    2018-11-06
    ‘for you, a thousand times over.’ no words can describe the heaviness i am feeling in my heart right now. i will never re-read this as it is too emotionally devastating (i genuinely cant remember the last time a book made me cry so much), but i know it is a story that will stay will me for the rest of my life. of that, i have no doubt. also, john, thanks for recommending this book, but i will be sending you my bill for all the therapy i will ...
  • Stephen
    2012-01-30
    I liked this book a lot. Due to the uncomfortable nature of the story told, I'll probably never read it again, but I'm glad that I did read it once. I saw it as the story of one not very likeable boy growing up in a soon to be war torn region and his eventual struggle for redemption. I was quite surprised to see how popular some of the negative reviews of this book were and I'd like to comment on a few of the comments they contained. One condemna...
  • ❄️Nani❄️
    2018-02-10
    ”For you, a thousand times over.”We are currently experiencing some expressional difficulties. Should be back in business once emotions are in full functioning mode.
  • Amalia Gavea
    2019-07-07
    ‘’There is a way to be good again.’’ The Kite is a symbol of freedom, of the primeval human need to fly, to be as light as a feather. No one can threaten you or harm you when you fly. In the neighborhoods of Kabul, boys take part in kite competitions, looking upwards in hope. Sometimes, though, hope is futile and becomes a mere empty word.From San Francisco in 2001, we move to Kabil during the 1970s. Amir is a bright, bookish boy with a p...
  • Naeem
    2007-07-24
    I found this book a failure of courage and imagination -- all the more upsetting for the author's astute sense of detail and wonderful psychological depth. But ask yourself this: if the Taliban are real humans than why are they not represented as such? No doubt we will all love the movie as well.If you want to read a book on Afghanistan, I recommend Jason Elliot's An Unexpected Light.Below is my complete review:I started out loving this book. Hos...
  • Lyn
    2017-08-03
    “There are a lot of children in Afghanistan, but little childhood.”I’ve read books before with an unreliable narrator and also read accounts of cowardice and shame. Amir, the first-person protagonist and narrator from Hosseini’s 2003 novel, filled me with such disgust and loathing that I almost put the book down at 25%.My doctor would say that Amir suffered from AWDD – Ass whooping deficiency disorder and I would enthusiastically second...
  • Basuhi
    2013-08-02
    Before I started this book, I distinctively remember running my hands over the cover, over the embossed letters that read, The Kite Runner, with not a thought spared but just a sense of hope and anticipation.Now, after I've finished it, I'm once again running my hands over them.Those letters that read, The Kite Runner. Those letters that mean a lot more than what they seemed to a few days ago.Yes.Oh. No.Yes.Oh. Oh. This is just a tiny fraction of...
  • Peter
    2016-12-29
    Guilt The Kite Runner is emotional and immersive, a story that is amplified with its spotlight on society and culture within Afganistan - both past and present. The story relates to the lives of two boys, Amir and Hassan, growing up in Kabul and narrated through the eyes of Amir. There are major societal and lifestyle differences between them but it is the character and principles of the two boys that defines this literary classic. Amir is the so...
  • Annet
    2008-05-17
    Loving story and dark at the same time. Interesting to read about culture and what happened to the country.Thought it was not my book, but I enjoyed it and read through it pretty quickly.
  • F
    2012-04-16
    Loved this.Film was terrible.
  • Matthew
    2016-11-30
    4 to 4.5 (I need half stars!)This was a very interesting and well written story of Afghanistan and how it has changed over the last 50 years or so. It was fascinating to get the impression of things from someone who lived through it. While a fictional story, it is obvious that the author drew from his own experiences.In America, we get an impression of how things are/were through the media and word of mouth. Without actually doing research or tal...
  • Jackie Gill
    2008-05-13
    I must admit that although I had heard plenty of people mention The Kite Runner, I hadn’t actually paid much attention to what was said about it other than, “It was wonderful!” So, a few days ago and several years after the book came out, I heard a couple of people discussing the “wonderful” book I decided to read it.The first day, I read about a third of the novel (Hassan is raped, Amir feels bad, well sort of, he feels bad that Hassan...
  • Linda
    2007-05-29
    So I started Kite Runner two nights ago after finishing Blink. It took me a week or so with Blink since I wasn’t very enthralled, making it easier to put it down at night when it was my bed time.Kite Runner, I started over a long weekend and could not for the life of me put it down. I was so hooked I even found myself reading Bing’s copy when I was over at Deesh and Bing’s this weekend playing an invigorating (and might I add victorious) ga...
  • Praveen
    2013-04-25
    I read this novel five years ago and I confess, at that time, It was my best read for some time.I enjoyed this book. Amir the narrator of the novel has narrated it beautifully. The sense of insecurity in the father-son relation has been woven nicely and the sense of redemption and guilt is the main theme in the psyche of the narrator. I found the entire story heart wrenching and the scenes and plot around the friendship of two boys from two diffe...