The first of the defeated kites whirled out of control. They fell from the sky like shooting stars with brilliant, rippling tails, showering the neighbourhood.
Amir and Hassan grow up together in Kabul. Amir in the beautiful house his father built, filled with marble, gold, tapestries and mosaics; Hassan in the modest mud hut in the servants' quarters.
The two are inseparable, and when twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the local kite-fighting tournament, his loyal friend promises to help him. But neither boy can predict what will happen to Hassan that afternoon – as the kites soar over the city – and how it will change their lives forever.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The Kite Runner is the kind of poignant, heart-wrenching novel that will make you stay up late into the night reading and convince you to recommend it to all your friends. The story centres on the friendship of two boys in 1970s Kabul and one awful event that changes the course of their lives. At the same time, we watch from a child’s-eye view as Afghanistan’s monarchy is overthrown and the country transforms into something unrecognisable. There’s so much to discuss and think about in this global bestseller, it’s no surprise that Khaled Hosseini’s first novel has been a book-club favourite since it came out in 2003.
Seven years after the novel s publication and four years after the release of a motion picture, a faithful though streamlined graphic novel adaptation of Hosseini s bestseller appears. Amir was raised in privilege in Afghanistan, with Hassan, a member of the Hazara minority whose father is a servant in Amir s house, as his constant companion. Amir s jealousy over his father s affection for Hassan leads to a betrayal that breaks up the friendship. Hassan and his father move away, Amir and his father escape from Afghanistan during the Soviet war, and the tie seems broken forever. But 15 years later, Amir, now living in San Francisco, receives a call that sends him back to Afghanistan and straight into the heart of the darkest part of his history. The characters are strong-featured (though Hassan s cleft pallet, significant in the story, is all but invisible) and expressive, though murky coloring sometimes threatens to obscure linework. The art during Amir s recounting of his Afghan childhood is bathed in warm colors, contrasting well with the gray, muted colors of Afghanistan during Taliban rule. In a conflict that we now know has no easy solutions, a happy ending, while welcome, feels like nothing more than wishful thinking.
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Heartbreaking story that made me want to know about the history of Afghanistan and its people.
The Kite Runner
An enthralling and intriguing story. Beautifully written. Hosseini explores the relationship between our decisions and their consequences throughout our whole lives in a sensitive and insightful manner. How much of it is his own story I don't know but it is utterly believable. Well worth reading.
The kite runner
Ok book, it was very slow until I got to about chapter 12 then slowly started getting interesting