The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Khaled Hosseini

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 24mm | 220g
  • Publication date: 5 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 140882485X
  • ISBN 13: 9781408824856
  • Sales rank: 1,490

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Afghanistan, 1975: Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the local kite-fighting tournament and his loyal friend Hassan promises to help him. But neither of the boys can foresee what will happen to Hassan that afternoon, an event that is to shatter their lives. After the Russians invade and the family is forced to flee to America, Amir realises that one day he must return to Afghanistan under Taliban rule to find the one thing that his new world cannot grant him: redemption.

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Author information

Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and moved to the United States in 1980. His first novel, The Kite Runner, was an international bestseller, published in thirty-four countries. In 2006 he was named a US goodwill envoy to the United Nations Refugee Agency. He lives in northern California.

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By Felix Li 30 Aug 2013 5

The is a tale of friendship, of betrayal, of tragedy. It is a fantastic, gripping read that the author masterfully drags you through a range of emotions. It really takes you into the world of the protagonist, allowing you to become fully engrossed. I especially enjoyed how the book was set in a historical background, with the characters so well developed and so true to life, with many character flaws, yet it is in that way that we can connect somewhat with those in the story.

I had quite high expectations of the book, having heard about it many times before, and having read A Thousand Splendid Suns by the same author, which is one of the best books I've ever read. Although I did thoroughly enjoy it, I still maintain Suns is a better book, it touched me in ways that this book didn't.

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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