The #1 New York Times bestselling debut novel that introduced Khaled Hosseini to millions of readers the world over.
The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, caught in the tragic sweep of history, The Kite Runner transports readers to Afghanistan at a tense and crucial moment of change and destruction. A powerful story of friendship, it is also 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.
Since its publication in 2003 Kite Runner has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic of contemporary literature, touching millions of readers, and launching the career of one of America's most treasured writers.
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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 centers 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 unrecognizable. 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 favorite 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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This is one of the best books I have ever read, it's captivating the whole way through.
A few mistakes but a great book
I've never been a book reader or a person that writes reviews on books but this one is special. I was suggested by a friend to read this book and oh boy I am grateful for the suggestion. I am an Afghan and grew up in Afghanistan. I knew most of the settings used in this book which made really nostalgic in a way. One the things that noticed about the book that sort of bothered me was the fact that Amir and Baba were both pashtuns but in the book they are always conversing in Farsi other than I loved the book.
Great book! A bit predictable at certain points, but very well written. One of my top 10!