- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (10 October 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408891336
- ISBN-13: 978-1408891339
- Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 3.1 x 13.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1,074 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,50,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Kite Runner: Bloomsbury Modern Classics Paperback – 10 Oct 2017
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Hosseini's ability to reach the core of experiences of love and loss places him in the company of such fine chroniclers of the new America as Chang-rae Lee. The Kite Runner is a first novel of unusual generosity, honesty and compassion * Independent * The shattering first novel by Khaled Hosseini ... A rich and soul-searching narrative ... A sharp, unforgettable taste of the trauma and tumult experienced by Afghanis as their country buckled * Observer * A devastating, masterful and painfully honest story ... It is a novel of great hidden intricacy and wisdom, like a timeless Eastern tale. It speaks the most harrowing truth about the power of evil * Daily Telegraph * Unforgettable ... Extraordinary. It is so powerful that for a long time after everything I read seemed bland * Isabel Allende *
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Khaled Hosseini is one of the most widely read and beloved novelists in the world, with over thirty eight million copies of his books sold in more than seventy countries. The Kite Runner was a major film and was a Book of the Decade, chosen by The Times, Daily Telegraph and Guardian. A Thousand Splendid Suns was the Richard and Judy Best Read of the Year in 2008. Hosseini is also a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Refugee Agency and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. He was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and lives in northern California.
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Amir and Hassan, who lives in Afghanistan were nursed by a same woman as both of them lost their mothers immediately after their birth. As they grew up together in a same home they became inseparable. Hassan was the closest thing to a best friend Amir ever had. But he never accepted that in public as they both belonged to a different community. Hassan was a Hazara boy who belonged to Shi'a community. He was the son of Amir's servant. Whereas Amir was a Pashtun and was the son of one of the most renowned man of the town, a Sunni.
Hassan was a brave and honest boy, a loyal friend and he was the best "kite runner" of the town. He was deadly with his slingshot. He was a pure soul and a true friend. Whereas Amir was a coward, mean and an egoistic boy. His head was always buried in books. He had become a good writer and a poet at a very young age. Hassan on the other hand never went to school. Amir used to read Hassan various stories but sometimes he teased Hassan for the words he had never heard of as he was an illiterate. Hassan being innocent and kind never minded that.
When Amir was young he used to long for his father's love. He could go to any length to achieve his father's affection and love which was missing from his life. In the winter of 1975, Amir won the "Kite fighting tournament" and won his father's love too. But that happiness didn't last too long as in the same winter a horrible event occured which destroyed everything.
Hassan had always went out of his way to help Amir. Whenever they were in trouble Hassan used to take stand for Amir and always saved him from any ruckus. But when Amir's time came to pay Hassan back for what he had done for him, he backed out. He betrayed his own friend who had always been there for him like his own brother. Amir pretended as if he didn't see anything. Little did he know that thing will haunt him forever and even after 26 years he will not be able to sleep peacefully at night.
So this is the story of Amir's search for redemption and peace. That how he returned back to a new but jeopardized Kabul from his comfortable life in America and how he got his peace back somehow but in broken pieces.
The devastation of Afghanistan, the abolishment of monarchy, the Russian invasion and then Taliban rule has been described very boldly and is really heartbreaking. This book is not for the light-hearted people at all. This is a tragic story which will leave you sad and heartbroken.
I have read the other two books of Khaled Hosseini as well. This book is a lot better than "And the mountains echoed" but still I like "A thousand splendid suns" the best.
For the review of the book, here it is
The Kite Runner is a story of efforts at redemption by the narrator Amir. His lost friendship with his childhood best friend Hassan takes him to his hometown in Afghanistan to right the wrongs he did in his childhood. The narrator’s portrayal of Afghanistan before Taliban rule is serene and how it is destroyed afterwards is heartbreaking. There is no doubt that is book is able to touch you deeply with its moving story of life as a journey, the relationship between the two kids Hassan and Amir and other beautifully depicted characters. The line, “For you, A thousand times over” holds an important value and will surely melt you when you read it in the last chapter connecting it from when you read it first.
Now coming to the story. Khaled Hosseini is my one of the favorite writers. I have read all of his 3 books. This story will take out your heart and leave you a complete different person than you were before reading it. As does the other two.
Do buy it and read it before you die.
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