- Paperback: 343 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing India Private Limited; EPZ edition edition (2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408850257
- ISBN-13: 978-1408850251
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 25.4 x 4.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1,158 customer reviews
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The Kite Runner Paperback – Special Edition, 2013
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About the Author
About the Author: An Afghan-American writer, Khaled Hosseini practiced medicine for over 10 years before becoming a full time writer post the success of his debut novel: The Kite Runner. Hosseini's other works include A Thousand Splendid Suns and And The Mountains Echoed. He is the founder of a non-profit organization, The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, which aims at providing humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. Hosseini is also a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Refugee Agency.
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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.
This was the second time I read The Kite Runner and I wasn't disappointed - nope, not at all.
The Kite Runner is one book that has stayed close with me every time I have read it. I still remember the first time I went through it. It was on a very long train journey. I read it through whatever daylight was available and I ended up crying my heart out. Thanks for me, the second AC compartment had curtains to hide my eyes every time I teared up.
What is more is that this book was the first book by Hosseini that I read and I ended up loving it so much that I just had to buy the other two as well. (I still don't have Sea Prayer or a copy of this book but I'm trying to lay my hands on them soon enough. Books like these should end up in my bookshelf.)
Now I know almost everyone has read this book so my review probably won't even matter but I simply cannot not write about it. The Kite Runner was heartbreaking beautiful, heart-wrenching disastrous and a painful tearjerker.
The book has everything - from rape, war, terrorism to friendship, love and heartbreak. It is also one of the few books that I have read on a tradition that has been forgotten since a long while now - of kite flying and running. I still remember when, as a kid, there was a Muslim family in my neighbourhood. They would be the first ones to fly kite in the winters. It didn't snow like it did in Amir's Afghanistan, but it was a pretty nice day. I remember how I would often look at the boy's kite in awe, for it was the only kite that flew till the very end. And all of them were always so happy. Every year after the game was over, they would invite us over for dinner. We never went, until one day I woke up to find the house empty. It has been years now and till date, I have no clue why they left all of a sudden. Or rather, who sent them away but I remember thinking the reason behind it all. Here was a family, trying to enjoy, trying to create a life and they sent them away.
The Kite Runner brought back those memories and so many other things. Hassan, for example, broke my heart. Or rather, what happened to him did it. How could he love a man so much despite everything that man had done to him? They moved to America and Amir never even contacted him. That was the least they could do. That was just the....
No matter how the story ends, I will always know Hassan as the boy who ran, the boy who got betrayed and the boy who was not given what he deserved. And why? All because he was a Hazara? I hate stereotypes and I hate when one culture is undermined for no valid reason. So when Hassan's story was revealed in the end, it did nothing but kill me.
Over and over again.
But it's alright. Because for you, a thousand times over.
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.
Edit: As I read further, I found some pages are not in right order (see picture) Page 133 is before Page 132. Reducing the Rating to 1. Ideally, It should be looked into and pirated books should not be allowed on Amazon.