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The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner
Author: Khaled Hosseini
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ISBN-13: 9781573222457
ISBN-10: 1573222453
Pages: 336
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4.4 stars, based on 176 ratings
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 47
Reading the back cover, I thought, eh, I've got so many others to read that sound more interesting. But the NY Best Sellers list can't be wrong (ok, maybe it can). In this case, it was excellent. I loved this story...coulda finished it in 2 days if I'd just had the ability to do nothing else....I can't wait for the movie...within the first 4 chapters, I though it would make a great movie. Makes me appreciate where I am from, how lucky I am to live in America, and how there are so many people out there that will never get to sit here, type on a computer their feelings of a book for the world to see, much less even get to read a book in the first place. Loved loved loved it.
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Helpful Score: 41
I did not choose this book - it was selected by a book club. It is not my "type" of book. It was AMAZING. I love it & could not put it down. I would recommend it & would read it again. It's about a boy who grew up in a wealthy family in Afganistan and his relationship with his servant who is the same age. The political upheaval of Afganistan is also an emotional part of the book, but not in a boring overly political or historical way. It's a great book.
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Helpful Score: 36
Probably one of the finest books I have read in years. Development of character, historical accuracy, the author captured the inner workings of the Afghan male's mind. Beautifully written, great story and plot development and it is difficult not to jump right in with the characters.I cannot rate this high enough!
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Helpful Score: 24
This is a sad, moving story of a boy who wishes he were someone else, someone with more courage and valor. His decisions, one in particular, have hard consequences on himself and those who love him. This story details how he deals with those repurcussions. I definitely recommend this book.
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Helpful Score: 22
I almost didn't give this book a chance. I am so glad I did. It's not what I usually read, but it really made me stop & think about what life is like in other countries. I thought it was very good, but sad!
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Helpful Score: 17
This was well written, incredibly descriptive and a great story. Irony is found throughout the many twists and turns of this book. You will feel passionately about the charachters, both good and bad. Can't wait to see it in movie form and I hear his next book is even better.
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Helpful Score: 16
Wonderful book. The reviews call it "haunting" and that is honestly the best word I can muster to describe the story. Explored aspects of Afghani culture I'd never been exposed to before. Wonderfully written, beautiful story of tragedy and family.
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Helpful Score: 14
This book is amazing, exciting, nailbiting, and beautfully written. I read it in 3 days and thoroughly enjoyed it even though it wasn't one of my "normal" reads. I can't wait to read his next one.
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Helpful Score: 12
I loved this book. Sometimes the subject matter was disturbing and hard to read but it was well worth it. This book kept me captivated from beginning to end.
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Helpful Score: 7
This book was magnificent! It embodied every single emotion, value and lesson possible!! As an American, it was humbling. As a human being, it teaches so much...the value of friendship and loyalty, the horror of guilt and betrayal, and most importantly the power of redemption!!! Although it was set in Afghanistan (which added to the dramticism and taught me plenty) this story applies to any and every culture, illustrating that we all have something to fight for, honor, appreciate and believe in!!!!! Verry powerful read!!! Still contemplating whether to relinquish it to my bookshelf or keep it forever!
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Helpful Score: 7
I kept hearing good things about this book, and everyone kept telling me I would love it. They were right--The Kite Runner by far lived up to its reputation. The author's writing style is magical--he seamlessly takes you to another world, full of beauty, heartbreak, violence, and triumph. He also did a flawless job of helping the reader feel what the characters felt, whether it was guilt, happiness, or sadness. I couldn't put this book down. I absolutely loved it.
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Helpful Score: 7
Outstanding Book!!! I could not put it down. Mr. Hosseini pulls you righ into the story as if you were there. I highly recommend it!
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Helpful Score: 7
Poignant. Culturally enlightening. Beautifully written. Happy and Sad. Not the ending I expected but probably a true-to-life example of what despair can drive people of any age, culture, or religion to do.
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Helpful Score: 6
What an amazing book. A story of love, self hatred and redemption. This story comes from the heart and is reads like poetry. Destined to become a true classic, I found this book one of the finest pieces of literature I have read in many years. Its themes transcend all races religions and creeds. This should be a must read for every college student, and should be on every member's wish list. Hosseini's writing abilities stand leagues above his peers in the literary world today. Absolutely breathtaking.
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"The Kite Runner" is a well written, but disturbing novel. It should be read by everyone concerned by the situation in Afghanistan! It gives many insights into the culture.
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Helpful Score: 5
Story of a young man from Afghanistan, what it was like growing up there in the 70's and then fleeing to America during the turmoil and wars. Also a story of love, betrayal, forgiveness and hope. I enjoyed the book for its richness of cultural detail and because I felt totally immersed in Amir's world, although I have to admit that his constant reference to his shame and cowardliness etc. grew old and wearying after awhile. The ending was actually good--I was worried I'd be disappointed, as so many books seem to do at the ending lately--and I enjoyed the book. Not as outstanding as the hype would have you believe, but still a great read.
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Helpful Score: 5
On 3 different occasions, complete strangers had told me that this was their favorite book. Like many others have said...this is not the type of book I would normally read. I finally broke down and read it and boy I wish I did not wait for so long. It was EXCELLENT and I may have to agree with these "strangers"

I was afraid that it would involve too much history and being that it takes place in a foreign county...would I really understand it? The author grabs you right from the beginning and yes, it is easy to understand. It is really more about the relationship about 2 boys and human nature. While the author does not go too heavily into the history and war, there is enough information there for you to know what is going on.

I found it very difficult to put this book down once I began reading it. A very emotional book written with depth and feelings. You will stop and be thankful that you live in America. I plan to read this author's second book.
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Helpful Score: 5
This book was an eye-opening experience. Very sad but very worthwhile. I greatly appreciated this book and enjoyed the author's style. I have the next book and look forward to reading it soon.
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Helpful Score: 5
What a winner, deep and poignant introduction to real life in wartorn Afganistan. Touching and believable characters with real issues! Very good for a first novel!
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Helpful Score: 4
A stunningly written book. It was difficult to get past the beginning, but I'm glad I stuck with it. One of the best books I've read.
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Helpful Score: 4
This was such a good book. It was nothing like I've ever read before. It is one of my favorite books of all time.
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Helpful Score: 4
This is a very good book. The story takes place throughout the lives of a prosperous family in Afghanistan and the family who worked as servants for the family. The story reveals so many of the horrors of a nation scarred by years of war with Russia and then the rise of the Taliban after the war. It also reveals much about childhood relationships and the guilt harbored by one of the characters over not helping his friend when a terrible tragedy occurs. This is not a book just for men or just for women. It is a great book for anyone wanting to read about the human condition in the face of adversity. It also gives a great first person insight into the conditions of a country in turmoil.
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Helpful Score: 4
At times shocking, at times almost too unbearable to read, The Kite Runner tells a story without dancing around issues or behavior, despite how questionable. I wasn't sure I would enjoy the book, but I found myself entranced by the world the Kite Runner created of Afghanistan in the 1970s, and shocked and aggrieved at the portrait of modern-day Afghanistan. This book opened my eyes to a culture, despite it's fictional account, and I found myself emotionally involved in the struggle of Amir to find and earn forgiveness.
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Helpful Score: 4
This was an amazing book. Beautifully written, and one that REALLY takes you out of your reading "comfort zone". If you've been mostly sticking to mindless chick-lit (I'm guilty as well), this book snaps you back to reality. Some of the things that happen are so terribly sad you just want to burst into tears at the idea that humans could treat each other that way. But at the same time, you're addicted and can't stop reading. Such a sad story but such an amazing tale. I really feel that with everything that's happened in the Middle East, everyone should read this book. You hear stories on the news and in print of the horrors and massacres that have happened over there but this brings it much closer to home. An excellent, sad, horrifying, beautiful, REAL, novel.
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Helpful Score: 4
A phenomenal novel of modern/20th century Afghanistan and its people. I learned so much about the country and its culture, and the characters and plot line were so well developed. Must read!
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Helpful Score: 4
An insightful, thoughtful, disturbing story of a man returning to his childhood home on a mission of integrity and personal redemption. Not only did this book open my eyes to the history of Afghanistan and the Taliban from an Afghan's point of view, but it gave me a sense of hope that perhaps one truly can redeem oneself from a horrible mistake, even if one cannot change the past.
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A beautifully-sketched believable portrait of life in modern Afganistan, delving into the misunderstandings of the relationships between father and son, slave and master, outer and inner worlds. Fast-paced and interesting.
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Destined to become a modern classic, Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner is half a coming-of-age tale about a young boy looking for his father's acceptance and half a novel about atonement and cultural conflict. As a young boy growing up in Afghanistan in the seventies, Amir is a disappointment to his father. His mother died giving birth to him, and there is a mild undercurrent of resentment on his father's part because of this. Amir is a sensitive and creative lad, scholarly rather than athletic, and pacifist rather than assertive. His one true friend is Hassan, the son of his father's servant. The relationship between Amir and Hassan is deep and complicated; while Amir truly loves Hassan, he is also ashamed to be with him in public because Hassan is illiterate, an ethnic minority, and deformed with a harelip.

The turning point of the novel comes with the region's annual kite fighting competition. In kite fighting, the goal is to fly your kite so that your string cuts your competitor's string, with the last kite flying as the winner. The children act as "kite runners," who go and retrieve the broken kites. Amir enters the competition with Hassan as his runner. When Hassan does not return from running a kite, Amir goes to look for him and finds Hassan being assaulted by several boys in an alley. Rather than fighting for his friend, Amir simply watches unseen. Hassan is ashamed from the assault while Amir is ashamed for doing nothing; as a result, the two drift apart and are eventually separated after Hassan is accused of stealing.

In the second half of the novel, Amir is living in the United States with his father when he gets a phone call from an old friend of his father's in Afghanistan. He tells Amir to return to Afghanistan right away, as he is very sick and needs Amir's help very badly to do something. Amir leaves his wife to go see what his father's friend wants and is told a startling secret. The revelation of this secret drives the plot for the rest of the book, and, while the ending may not be "happy", it is hopeful.

The writing style of the book is supurb and has the feel of a memoir even though it is completely fiction. As I said above, this book will definitely make its way into the English canon because of the many profound themes it contains. The twists are well-plotted and logical, but not obvious. This is one of those books where you think back to what happened earlier and go, "Oh, that's why he said it that way." There's plenty of action to keep readers engaged and aware that the plot is moving. Issues of abandonment and culture are present throughout the book and connect the many plot points.

There are parts of the book that are violent and graphic, but never simply for shock value. If you are a reader of serious fiction, you will not be disappointed by this book.
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This book is a very slow read. It must be read slowly for several reasons. First, the text is so richly woven that the reader must relish every word. Second, the story is set mainly in Afghanistan, and the character names, locations, and such are true to their area. These names slowed me down simply because they were different than the English with which I am familiar. I learned a great deal about the Afghan people, their beliefs and customs, as well as their often horrendous circumstances through which they must endure just in able to survive.
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This book almost feels like multiple books in one because as the main character grows and matures, both his station in life and his perspective on things change. As with Khaled Hosseini's other popular book "A Thousand Splendid Suns," this story really focuses on the relationships between characters, specifically the main character trying to come to terms with what his relationship with his father was really like and his relationship with another young man his age (sometimes he considers this character a friend, other times just the son of a servant). This was a tough read due to what happens to one of the characters early on in the book, but it is a very worthwhile read! If you enjoyed "A Thousand Splendid Suns," you will enjoy this!
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A beautifully written book about eastern culture- I think every Amwrican needs to read this book in order to gain apreciation for a culture that we tend to be so critical of.
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Helpful Score: 3
A powerful story of friendship, betrayal and the ultimate love of family.
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Helpful Score: 3
HOLY COW!!! What a book!!! When everyone was talking about this book and how awesome it was and I thought to myself ... ehhhhh. I couldn't have been more wrong ... I am SOOOOOO glad that I gave it a chance. I pretty much cried throughout the entire book ... I literally COULD NOT put this book down. I read it in 2 days and NO housework got done at all. With every page that I turned, with tears streaming down my face, I kept thinking to myself that there HAS to be a happy bit coming but there never was (I did laugh out loud at one point though and it was at a time when you really needed to have a bit of comic relief). Beautifully written and very smooth flowing. I would HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend that you read this book, you won't be disappointed.

I also watched the movie after I finished the book, and although the movie was okay ... as usual, it didn't hold a candle to the book. I can't wait to read his second book, A Thousand Splendid Suns.
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An extremely well-written account of life in Afghanistan through the rise of the Taliban and an ultimate escape through the mountains. While the horrors of the Taliban reign are essential to the story, much is left (fortunately for most readers) to the imagination. It follows the growth of a moderately wealthy youngster and his relationship with the son of his fathers servant. It is a conflict of caste, trust, and loyalty.
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Who is this man who wrote this book Khaled Hosseini? I had never heard of him and now i want to read everything he has written. To look into this authors eyes would be to look into his heart. He has put it all down on pages for the world to meet him. I can't find the words to explain how wonderful this book is. I did not want it to end. I grew attached to the people in this story, so sad and so profound. I am fortunate to live where i do and this book is a real eye opener. The secret kept that ruined lives and the heart that kept the secret pays dearly. This book will stay in your mind for quite awhile after you have finished reading.
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I loved this novel. It was also suggested by my book club, and I am so very glad it was. The novel is moving, sad, honest, and a fascinating portrayal of the life of young boys. Hosseini's use of language is wonderful. Keep the tissues handy, as some of the scenes are difficult and heart-breaking. There is some joy in the novel, though, it's not just a sad story.
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One of the best I have read. A truly engaging story that pulls you in immediately and absolutely gets you to identify with it's characters. I read it in one sitting and then my husband (who never reads) did the same!
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Emotionally exhausting but worth the read. A great insight into another culture.
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I read this book more than a year ago. I could not wait to read the book because so many people loved it. I sat down to read the book and kept crying. I don't read books to cry, I read them to escape. I finished the book and yelled at anyone I could think of who had recommended the book.

The fact is, more than a year later the book has stayed with me. I have read many other books and could not tell you the author, plot or ending. In fact, I might even reorder some of the books because I read them so fast, and they were meaningless.

The Kite Runner affect lasted. I had to watch the movie, like all movies that come out based on books I've read. While not the same, it reminded me of the emotions I felt while reading this book.
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This powerful story was one that helped me to better understand a part of the world that has become so important to every American, and yet one that I knew so little about pre-9/11. The story was engaging and presented in a way that inspired me to go out and learn more about the culture and history of Afghanistan.
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WOW!!! This was quite a book. At first, I thought, okay, it's well written but when is something going to happen? But as you get into the book and into the lives of the characters, you can't stop reading. A book about friends, family, trust, betrayal, surrival and love, this book takes you through the shear joy of triumph of the simple things in life to the frightening things some have done in order to survive the wickedness of others. Beautifully written and I would put it as a MUST READ.
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A beautifully written, but sad tale. It has a lot of twists and turns and is very difficult to put down.
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The Kite Runner took me through the whole spectrum of emotions, but mostly sadness and anger. It was a very intimate look into a world I knew very little about. It really made me stop and think about family, culture, and heritage, and what it means to me. While it's not an easy book to read in the sense that it's often brutal and heartbreaking, it's definitely worth it. For a work of fiction, I found there to be a lot of honesty and truth in it.
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This book is absolutely unbelievable. I sobbed at several parts, and I could barely put it down. This is a must-read. Absolutely. I would post my copy, but I am not getting rid of it; it was so good that I will keep it to lend out to friends.

The story, although it encompasses much more than I will say here, is about an Afghani man living in the United States who is called upon to revisit his homeland and exorcise the demons of his childhood. Brutal, heartbreaking, wonderful. I can't say enough good things about it.
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The best book I have read in a long time - OMG, it was so good, I'm speechless! I can't even talk about it except to highly recommend it to everyone! It's not what I expected, frankly, I didn't know what to expect from it. I loved reading about Afghanistan and what life was like there and all the emotions this book brought out in me. A powerful, gripping, haunting story of two young boys and how different their lives become after one single event. I loved it!
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I very much enjoyed this book, not just for its gritty but real story but for its art--it is sparely written, every word has meaning and purpose, and there is not an ounce of verbiage or detail that is not germane to the story. Having come to read it a bit late in its lifespan--it is already, at April, 08, a movie adaptation--I was not sure it would hold up to the buzz about it or its popular reputation, but it does. I reccomend this book highly.
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Gripping. An understanding of the horrors of war. Ciould be a story ripped from the headlines. Some parts gave me nightmares. Well worth reading.
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I loved this book and all the insight it gave me into Afghanistan and the Taliban. It is rare that I desire to read the book again. But I certainly want to read Kite Runner again!! I could not put the book down!
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Afgahnistan as seen through one child in one neighborhood at one time in the 20th Century. This novel is an amazing child's eye view of a family, a town, a country, a world we all share. In the end, living care-fully is about being as kind to one another as we can despite chaos and absurdities. When we rescue another we rescue ourselves: chase a kite, chase life, chase down love.
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One of the best books I have ever read, and I have read thousands. I actually spent the day reading this instead of teaching. I gave my students a "reading" day so that I could finish it. Heart wrenching, vivid, mind opening. My 14 yo daughter actually recommended it and said that it changed her view of others. It is obviously a life-changing book.
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Im not always one to read bestsellers. After reading one or two, I began to stray more toward the classics, or more obscure titles when I can get my hands on them.

However, The Kite Runner was a bestseller that Im glad I picked up. Its written in an honest style thats easy to relate to. The author pulls you right into the Afghanistan of his childhood, and later, modern Afghanistan and America.

The novel is haunting and heartbreaking but its got an engaging spirit and I found myself rooting for the protagonist through all of his struggles and his successes.
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This is the BEST book I have read in quite sometime. I kept putting off purchasing it as I thought it was going to be political. But a friend said to get it. It was incredible and a look into lives in a devastated country as well as the lives of two young boys torn by cultural mores. I then bought 1000 Splendid Suns (same author, but not expecting it to be as good. Boy was I wrong!!! It was equal. I can't wait to read his next novel.
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This is a Can't Put Down read.
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I really found this book to be a great story about two boys who live in Afghanistan and their friendship and I really enjoyed reading the part about the flying of the kites.I also found this book to be sad in some parts.I think the author did a great job in telling of this story.
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Riveting story- hooked me from the first moment and kept me deeply involved to the very end. One of the first stories in a long time that makes me want to hear it again. I really think the audio version helped me with the pronunciation of so many foreign words. I'm ready to read the novel itself now. Deeply moving and heartfelt- can't believe I waited so long!
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Very well written story. Hosseini describes the city and characters so vividly you feel as if you could have been there. 3/4 of the book are incredible to read, ending was a dissapoint though, but still worth reading. 4 stars for sure, could have been 5 but end was a little cheesy.
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An excellent look at life in Afghanistan, a country which is very different than I imagined from my safe haven of America. It is more about how as people, we are as alike as we are different in our personality and character. Good story, written so well you can visualize the characters and personalize them.I loved this book.
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This book is beautifully written, right from the first paragraph. The subplots tied together beautifully and the book was very moving.
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I think this is one of the unforgettable stories that stays with you for a while. It gives good insight into life in Afghanistan in the not too distant past. I found it to be a powerful story.
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Really enjoyed this book and learning about a culture that's foreign to most Americans. A must read for adults wanting to keep up with current world issues.

Rape scene and rough treatment means you should keep it away from all but mature teens. (Our 5th grade gifted and talented teacher wanted to make her class read it--a big NO!)
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I lacked the knowledge of the Afghani way of life, including the country's revolution and invasion by Russia, to the present day (June 2009). This book really opened my eyes to the cruelty they endure. The country's history is entwined in the story of a young man and the cruelty (and love) he bestows on his friend. Wow! A great read!
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This book was much hyped in various places, but I found it terrible. Frankly, after not quite one third of the way through it, I stopped reading. The prose isn't that good, the story is disjoint and unclear (as in, there's no point that I can see to it), and the main character isn't someone I can remotely relate to in any way. In fact, he's repulsive. So repulsive that reading about him is downright unpleasant.

In the end, I have no idea why this book was so popular. I'll go read other things that I actually enjoy as opposed to this.
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A very good read. The main character is a hard one to love, he is complex, but yet so normal. You can almost feel his emotions and understand them, even if you don't agree with his reactions.
I actually read this book after reading "A Thousand Splendid Suns" also written by Khaled Hosseini. I think it was slightly better than "The Kite Runner"
Over all, I highly recommend this book.
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incredible book. Easy read and I couldn't put it down. Insight to some of the Afgan culture and Taliban atrocities, the only book I have ever rated this high.
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I ignored this book for a long time as it looked like a so-so read, and to be pushed as part of Oprah's book club, made me even more hesitant. Oh foolish me! This book held me captivated. I had a love/hate relationship with it. I hated what happens to some of the characters, and how it affected them all. At the same time, I couldn't put it down, as I HAD to see what happened to those characters next. There were many twists and turns I didn't see coming and was blindsided by an action one of the characters took. This is a fantastic read, and should be on everyone's list of books to read this year.
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Wonderful, heart-rending story. It's worth reading alone for its peek into Afghan culture. Much, much better than the movie.
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Well written novel of conditions in Afganistan from l963 through the Communist take over. First two thirds of the book are gripping. Well worth reading. On the NYT best seller list for over a year.
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This book surprised me. I had heard it was so good but put off reading it. Once I started it, I quickly learned why people were so moved by it. It really grabs you and amazes you with the intricacies of a foreign culture. I don't know much about the people of Afghanistan and it was very interesting to feel immersed in the culture and language of the people through this book. The author really takes you there with him. The story itself is also very moving!
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If I hadn't known this was a novel, I would have thought it was an autobiography. It sounded sooooo real and soooo personal! A great book and one that you won't soon forget.
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excellent book...quite haunting...great story line
great insight into the beautiful Afghani culture and how their country was torn asunder
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This is an amazing book. I experienced life in Afghanistan while reading it and enjoyed every minute!
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I was intrigued by this book because of the premise. I didn't really know much about Afghanistan and I felt like reading a good piece of fiction. It's certainly gotten great praise from critics and my whole family loves it so I thought I'd give it a try. While perhaps I didn't learn as much as I thought, I definitely found a good piece of fiction.

Mr. Hosseini has a very easily read style. His sentences and wording are simple and flow quite well, and he writes Amir's character as if he were Amir himself. In fact, I wondered throughout the book how much of Amir's story was really his. Because of this style I was hooked instantly, hardly able to put the book down and the tragedy that unfolds only makes the page turning more addicting.

While I may not have learned many facts about Afghanistan besides the names of its leaders and its various occupations, I have a great appreciation for how its people lived in these times. The author does a great job of depicting a nation whole with stable traditions going to a broken nation living in constant fear. It makes for a melancholy yet riveting reading experience.

The overall story of this book is a bit far fetched with a good amount of cliché. I don't want to spoil anything with specifics, but we have many familiar themes to drama such as childhood tormenters, dying family members, sterile wives and many more. Yet, the amount of heart in the story overshadows the conventional. The story of Amir and Hassan as friends and brothers is the soul and heart of The Kite Runner. The loyalty in their friendship is more powerful than the terror and tragedy that surrounds them and that is the focus of this book, I think.

By the end, I was left saddened by this book and yet wanting more. While it wasn't a revolutionary read, it offers some good insight into Afghanistan and some entertaining fictional drama. Kite Runner is a good read for anyone and I will look forward to reading more from Mr. Hosseini.
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This is an excellent book that is well written and easy to read. As a Persian woman, I was able to connect with the characters and the difficult experiences they had as young children. I highly recommend this book to anyone, especially those who feel a strong connection with their friends.
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To be honest, I only read this book because I saw it EVERYWHERE for quite some time and felt that I should probably check it out. I was glad I did (as is often the case with books like that) because I found it to be a thought-provoking, involving and âeducationalâ story that I think many Americans should read to get a better understanding of the life and people in Afghanistan. Although I thought some of the structure of the novel was a little too âcoincidentalâ and tidy, I didn't mind too much. One of the parts that I found most affecting was how Baba and his life changed after coming to America. It reminded me a little bit of âHouse of Sand and Fogâ in that immigrants who are powerful and have professional careers in their own countries come to America and work at low-paying, low skilled jobs. Definitely recommended!
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This was an excellent book. Yes, I would say it was riveting. It is very sad in places, but is truly like a life story. I have recommended it to my grown sons.
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Finally...a book that was unpredictable and not sappy! Lately I have been so disappointed with highly recommended books because by atleast the middle of the book I had the ending figured out! This certainly was not the case here! You can foresee some developments but some are a total surprise! The ending was not sappy which I sincerely appreciated. In places it is horrific and sad, but real and definitely worth reading! I was certainly awakened to historical and cultural facts that I never would have learned otherwise! I was very well pleased and would definitely recommend this to anyone! I am looking forward to his next book!!!!
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A wonderful glimpse of a culture that rich with tradition. A good read.
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This book fast became one of my favorites. It was a very eye-opening look at a different culture gave me a whole new outlook. Extremely well written and almost poetic in its descriptions and similes. If you haven't read it, get it!!!
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I guess I'm in the minority in NOT loving this book. The story was okay, but I found the writing style to be very simplistic and not at all engaging in the language used. I wouldn't tell someone to skip it, but it's not on my list of favorites either.
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This book is exactly why I love PBS. I would never have picked this book up in a store, but when I saw some interesting reviews on PBS I figured I'd give it shot, if I didn't like it I could just ship it back off...

I have to admit, I became so angry at the main character in the first half of the book that I put it down thinking I couldn't pick it back up to finish it, but the next day I did pick it back up and was grateful. A very colorful and descriptive story of life in Afghanistan that chronicles a boy's growth from insecure and selfish to an honorable manhood. The story is violent and disturbing at times, but ultimately redeeming. The Kite Runner is definitely one of the gems I've found on this site.
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Very difficult to read at times because it is so heart and gut wrenching, but it is so worth it in the end. You will be so happy that you read it and will tell others to read it. also.
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This is one of the best books i have ever read. It's a compelling story and it doesn't become boring or drags at any point. The author gives just the right amount of details, about the country and the people without making you feel overwhelmed with details. Greatly written.
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What a great read. As a bonus I learned more about this slice of the history of Afganistan and its people - something I always appreciate.
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This book was an all nighter. The story was captivating and in light of our current relationship with the Middle East provided a cultural education that is much needed. Beautifully written.
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I was very impressed with this book. It was a little slow starting, but then...riveting. I read it in three days. Very well written, somewhat violent but ultimately a story of love and devotion. Loved it!
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Just finished reading this book. Very well written. Story unfolds without you ever guessing what happens next. I gleaned a new appreciation for the Afghan people and the ravage of war on their lives and country. Beautiful story of a boy's coming of age and of redemption. Also the story depicts how political refugees often give up their social and professional status to immigrate to the USA.
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Read this book! The content at the beginning is tough, but stick with it. It's a wonderful book about redemption. The author used to work for my medical group. When he left to write his second book, we lost a very good physician. But, it looks like we all gained a very good storyteller.
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I really enjoyed this book. I had it for a while before I decided to read it, but once I started, I couldn't put it down. I think it tells us that people are the same all over the world. Your country and religion may be different, but we all have the same inner feelings. You should read this book!!
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A very interesting story of two friends. It's initially set in pre-Russian-invasion Afghanistan, then it takes you through the invansion, to the U.S., and back to Afghanistan during the Taliban regime. A story of fathers and sons, brothers, and the spirit of endurance.
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What an exceptional book! I could not put this book down! It gave me a whole new appreciation for my life in the U.S. I would recommend this book for everyone to read. I really like Hosseini's writing style and the way he wrote the story. Normally, I would not read a story of this type. I can't wait to read more of his books. This is one of my favorite books hands down!
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I really enjoyed reading this book and recommend it highly. It is the poignant story of a man's journey. It is a book which is hard to put down once you start reading it. "A powerful book..an intimate account of family and friendship, betrayal and salvation.. Parts are raw and excruciating to read...lovingly written. (Washington Post Book World)
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This is a very interesting read. Understanding more of the historical details talked about by the media was helpful and it also gives a better understanding of another culture, religion and people of other lands.
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Have you ever finished reading a book and wondered "how will I ever top this one?" That's how I feel about this book. Not my usual genre but probably the best book I've read this year and one I'll never forget. A powerful, gripping, and heartwrenching story.
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Excellent book. You really get the feeling for what it is to have grown up in Afghanistan.
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Probably the best book I have ever read - interesting, thought provoking and heartbreaking.
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Beautifully written, but terribly sad. Tale of how even decisions we make as children can affect our and others' lives.
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I read this book on a recommendation by a friend. It is not usually my type of book and I was very skeptical. However, after reading it I was amazed. This was an awesome book and very well written. I went on to buy the next book "A Thousand Splendid Suns" and also was not disappointed in it either. This book was a keeper for me and I would highly recommend it. It will definately make you think.
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A truly remarkable story from beginning to endthe irony is at times bitter and other times sweet this is a all-encompassing tale that comes around full circle in the end which leaves the reader with much to consider and no matter what your present circumstances grateful to live in America and more compassionate towards those who do not
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This book deserves its recommendations. All of our lives are what our mistakes have made them and I have never seen this so eloquently demonstrated than in this book. I had a hard time putting it done even though it was very painful in spots. I really liked this book.
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Oh, my, what a wonderful read. I love its treatment of culture, family, and temperaments. Well worth the time to read it, I learned something and gave a piece of my heart to the protagonist.
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It took me a few chapters to get into this story but then it took off.  It's interesting to read about Afganastan and how the taliban took it over.  The main character was not a very nice person but the story was so interesting.
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In spite of the terrible things that happen in this story, there is hope and beauty in it too. This is a definite "must read". I highly recommend it.
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It lead me down roads I never thought I would go. This is a book that makes you think about yourself, your family, your friends, and your entire universe.
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Mesmerizing...I read this book in just a few days. It is more than just a book about redemption, violence, religion and Afghanistan. Love radiates from this work. The power of love to transform just one person or a community of people is the most profound theme overall.
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One of THE BEST BOOKS I have EVER read.

It should also be mentioned that this is one of the MOST GRAPHIC/VIOLENT books I have ever read. The descriptions are very realistic. Forewarning if that is not your thing.

I will always remember this book. It's one I won't list for exchange on paperbackswap, because I want to keep my copy.
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This is book is phenomenal. I was sad to have the story end. Usually, I would have not given this book a chance, but I highly recommend it to anyone!
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This story is about the relationship between two boys in Afghanistan. It is a story of redemption but is very disturbing in some places. It was interesting to read how terrible life can be for some in Afghanistan, and makes me happy I live in America. Overall it is a good story, but not one of the best books I've ever read. I'd give it a 7 on a scale of 1-10.
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One of THE best books this year.The Author writes beautifully and even though this book hurts to read at times, it is a plot turning and haunting story.
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This book reads like a true story, even though it isn't. Its a very well written accounting of one man's struggle with his faults and humanity while growing up in a country in political turmoil. Definately worth the read.
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This book is very powerful... I really enjoyed reading....at times it was pretty graphic, but it really gave me a perspective of a culture I didn't really know of before. Would definetely recommend.
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This book is hauntingly thought provoking. One third of the way in I almost stopped reading because I was so caught up in the characters' lives it pained me to read their tragedies. I had some comfort in thinking this was supposed to be fiction. The voice in my head telling me reality is often much worse was temporary silenced. There is some relief reading how the characters come full circle (if maybe a little predictably) and there are many lessons to be learned along the way. It shows us how single decisions can affect our lives forever. That we all have our inner weaknesses that riddle us with guilt and make us do the things we do. I don't think I can read another serious novel for a while though as I still haven't clear my head of this story.
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I found this book to be a very emotional read - not in the sense that it made me cry, but the author made me think and feel for the main characters. I would recommend this book and I look forward in reading the author's other book A Thousand Splendid Suns.
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A first-person narrative that takes us with the main character as he goes from shallow, spoiled boy to a sensitive man in war-torn Afghanistan. Politics, climate and customs of the country are set against personal and cultural revolution. One of the best books I have ever read.
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Wonderful book. So sad how someone can feel like that for so long. But how wonderful the ending.
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It is a story that stays with you for a long time. Good but a bit depressing.
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Although I found this book very sad in many ways, I found the characters to be very real and memorable. It has been over 4 months since I read it, but I still think of the characters often. I hope A Thousand Splendid Suns is as good, as it is the next book in my "to be read" stack.
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This is one of the best books I've read this year. It is a great story with very real characters. It is hard to get behind the narrator until the last half of the book, but well worth the wait.
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A wonderful, wonderful book. I had a lot of trouble deciding if I wanted to keep this book or post it! Very moving, an interesting glimpse into the life of an upper-class family in Afghanistan removed from grace after the fall of the Afghanistan monarch in the '70s. As they rebuild their lives in America, memories of the priveledged past conflict with a present that includes working-class jobs, flea markets, and the father's battle with cancer. However, the book's main theme deals with the narrator's ever-present struggle to win his father's love and respect, and the trials he endures while trying to do so.
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I did not think I would care for it, but - I was so, so, so wrong. What an amazing read. Interesting, well-written - just a great story. I loved it.
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This is a wonderful book! So many layers! The characterizations are so carefully drawn, and so human. Frailties are exposed, yet in ways that are so understandable from different points of view. This book will be around and enjoyed for a long time.
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This book was really hard to put down...incredibly tragic story of life in Afghanistan. It's story that will stick with me a long time...one of the most heartbreaking books I've ever read.
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I loved this book, I rarely cry over a book, but I did with this one, the character's were so real and their stories so touching, I could read it again.
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This book is one of my all time favorites. There aren't enough words to describe my love for this one...a MUST read for everyone.
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A moving portrait of modern Afghanistan. A story of the life of Amir, the privileged young narrator, who comes of age during the last peaceful days of the monarchy, just before his country's revolution and its invasion by Russian forces. Very dramatic and powerful.
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Excellent, and I learned alot about kite-flying, which before reading the book sounded a bit silly to me. Though now, I have a deep apperciation for the activity and the symbolism of it.
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I picked this book up many times and resisted it thinking I wouldn't be able to keep the characters or places straight...foreign sounding names and places. Finally, someone convinced me to read this book and it was excellent. It was an easy read and a wonderful character study. I absolutely loved it. Highly recommend it.
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I honestly did not expect to like this book as much as I did. It was highly recommended to me, but I just didn't think it would be my type of story. I loved it! It is a book with a message about love, family, relationships, and even the forces of good and evil. The Kite Runner touched my heart and soul! I will never forget it.
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It started a little bit slow for me but boy am I glad I stuck with it. I had tears streaming down my face at the end. What an amazing, powerful book!
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Best book I ever read. About two boys growing up in Afghanistan and events that change their lives forever. Very touching story
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Wonderful book! This book is extremely well written and will keep you glued to the page even through the parts you would rather not know about. This is an opportunity to learn about Afganistan and enjoy it. The author's second book, A Thousand Splendid Suns, is also a wonderful book!
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One of the best books I have read in a long time. Puts so many things into perspective for me about middle eastern culture. Beautifully written story.
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This book was amazing. It is a tragic tale written absolutely brilliantly. Read it and you will be amazed what you learn!
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This was one of the most engaging books I've read in a long time. I had to stop reading several times due to the tears streaming down my face. The relationships and human trials were captured in a way that made you truly feel the characters. I highly recommend!
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As I started this book, I was not sure I would like it, but I did get into it and enjoyed it. Dramatic descriptions, and engaging story that brought tears to my eyes.

I would read it again!
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I read this book a few months ago, but find I'm haunted by it. Excellent storyline and character development.
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I just watched the movie (excellent by the way), and after having the same exact emotional reaction as I had to the book, I think I've figured out what it is that moves me about this story. It is, at its heart, a redemption story, and that is a theme that never gets old for me.
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This was an interesting look at a world far different from mine. A look into the fears we face as children and how we handle them.
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Didnt like this one. Couldnt even finish it.
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What a powerful book. It gives a good image of Aghan life before the revolution and class systems in the culture. The secret kept from the narrator is heartbreaking. His life would have been so much different I feel if he knew the truth.
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This is a great book, Hosseini is a great writer...it is also a very emotional story.
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one of the best books i have ever read...........may be the best i have ever read..........it has everything and really makes you think.......it was my no.1 recommended book when anyone at the bookstore asked me for a suggestion............i look forward to his second book coming out may 22. judy v.
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This is one of the best books I've read all year. Compelling and dark, sweet and frightening.
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this is an extremely good read. A great story of indulgence, impoverishment, human relations, ethnic issues, religion, weakness and redemption. It's a cover-to-cover, all-in-one-sitting engrossing read
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Although it took me a couple of chapters to "get into" the story, I ended up thoroughly enjoying this book. I learned a lot and really felt the characters were well-developed. I encourage anyone vaguely interested in this book to give it a try.
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This book was very engaging.
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Brace yourself -- although wonderfully written, it is emotionally traumatic and difficult to stomach at times. I shed tears more than once, including full-on boo-hoo crying. But, it's educational about life in Afghanistan and as an Afghan-American.
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I expected to like it more than I did. Disappointing.
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One of the best books I've ever read. I was really hesitant to read this one, based on all the glowing reviews. I'm usually let down when expecting a book to be brilliant. Not this time. I still find myself haunted by this book. This is definitely a must read.
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Wonderful story about love and loss and the complicated relationships in families.
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I almost didn't give this book a chance, I usually read chick-lit. Oh boy am I glad I did crack it open by maybe the 3rd chapter I was hooked and couldn't put it down. Very well written, and kept me reading well into the night.
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Haunting and unforgettable.
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Definitely one of the most remarkable books I have ever read. It evoked so many emotions - I laughed, I cried, my heart ached, etc. It was wonderful!
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A very well-written novel that strikes you as so real that it could be nonfiction. The story is not formulaic or predictable and the protagonist is the most fallibly human character I've seen portrayed. An engrossing view of Afghan culture, but more a book about human struggles. Emotionally charged and somber. I can't say that I completely enjoyed this book, but I'm glad to have experienced it.

3.5 stars out of 5
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Disturbing in some spots, but well worth it. I found it a little slow in the beginning, but I was really glad that I stuck with it. Culturally eye opening story.
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A fabulously written book. I couldn't put it down. And if you enjoy this book I would also recommend "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Hosseini
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When I first read the book's description, I put it down b/c it did not seem like the type of book I would enjoy. After hearing so many rave reviews, I had to give it a chance. Best decision I could have made. It was an excellent story of friendship and gave me great insight into modern day Afghanistan. I can't wait to read A Thousand Splendid Suns.
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One of the best books I've read in a while. It started out a little slow but soon I was engrossed in the book and didn't want to put it down. Highly recommended.
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This is undoubtedly one of the BEST books I've ever read! The author makes you feel you are right there with the characters. Thoroughly enjoyed this novel and didn't want it to end!
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I don't have much to say about this book, but what I can say is that it's written very well and the story keeps you hooked. I loved this book.
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Great book! It really made me think about the choices we make and how they can change you.
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Seriously one of my all-time favorite books!!! There has never been a piece of literature that has changed my world view so much as Kite Runner. Beautiful.
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Hosseini's first book which is a read all at once. He is an outstanding author and his views of Afghanistan and the depth of the story are very realistic.
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Incredible. Haunting. Amazing. One of the best books I've read in a while.
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A good underlying story, but I was almost unable to get through this book because of the graphic cruelty & suffering depicted. I would not read this again.
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Wonderful story of friendship, love, betrayal and redemption. It was interesting to see the Afghan culture from the perspective.
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This was a great book.
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I was very moved by this book. As I read the book and it took its twists and turns that I could never predict, my emotions changed with it. The book so affected me that sometimes I would come away with a stomach ache and have such a deep sense of sadness. It is a rare book that is still with me after I put it down. I am almost haunted by this story. It is wonderfully written and so heartfelt, this is a book I will never forget.
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Fabulous! Both my husband and I enjoyed this book. I encourage everyone to read it.
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Beautifly written, I didn't want the book to end. "There is a way to be good again" was a great beginning.
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This was a great read. I was very interested to learn about Afghanistan and its neighboring countries as well as cultures. The story was really a good one and well written. Great Author.
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A wonderful book. Keen insight into life in Pakitstan and what ordinary people have to deal with every day.
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Wow!! The best book I have read in a long time!!!!!! Loved it! Can't wait to read another by this author.
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This struck me as Midnight's Children Lite. This was fine to read for twenty minutes at a time on the subway, but I didn't take much from it, either emotionally or culturally.
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A great story to illustrate how making the hard decisions and doing the right thing builds character. I really didn't like the main character during the first part of the book, but by the end, he was my HERO!
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Not a book I would have chosen, but found it to be thought provoking and well written. Very enjoyable.
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Reviewed by Steph for TeensReadToo.com

THE KITE RUNNER is a beautiful story written by Khaled Hosseini (not to mention the first Afghan book to be written in English). The novel follows Amir , a boy living in Afghanistan with his father, Baba. The two have been living by themselves since Amir's mother died during childbirth. Well, not really alone. The servant, Ali, and his son, Hassan, live in a hut in the backyard. While they may be servants, Baba looks to them as family. Hassan and Amir grow up together and became friends.

As a child, Amir was always troubled. He felt that he didn't have his father's love, so he was constantly trying to win that love. Amir easily got jealous of Hassan, because Amir felt his father loved Hassan more, since Hassan was such a great athlete and such an honest person. But one day Amir witnesses an injustice done to Hassan, and although Amir could've stopped it from happening, he didn't.

Shortly afterwards Ali and Hassan leave, even though Baba pleads for them to stay. Amir watches as Hassan and Ali climb into their Mercedes and drive off, never to be seen by them again. Soon after that, Amir and Baba escape to the United States to get away from the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

There, Amir graduated high school and went to junior college to become a writer. Amir ended up marrying a nice, pretty woman named Soraya. Shortly after the wedding, Baba dies of cancer. Amir is even more depressed when Soraya and he find out that they can't conceive a child.

Amir and Soraya keep on living life and the years passed. They led normal lives; he as a writer she as a teacher. They lived in a comfortable house with a dog. But one day, Amir's past caught up to him. He received a phone call from an old family friend, Rahim Khan, asking Amir to come to Pakistan.

Amir arrives in Pakistan to see his old friend close to death. But that's not why Khan asked Amir to come. The fact is that Hassan was killed by the Taliban a few months ago, along with his wife. The two left behind their son, Sohrab, who is living in an Afghan orphanage. Khan asks Amir to go find the boy and bring him back to Pakistan so he can live with a nice couple and get away from all of the death and destruction the Taliban has created in Afghanistan.

Amir decides he will go find the son of his late best friend. Only after saving this boy from all the evil in Afghanistan will Amir be saved from the sin he committed so long ago as a child.

This riveting and emotional story catches the readers from page one until the ending. The readers learn about the important history of Afghanistan and the impact of those events on its people. Hosseini wrote a true masterpiece in this novel. It is sure to please all who read it.
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I loved this book and hated it at the same time, it made me cry, really I had to stop reading several times, because I couldn't see the words. The Thousand Splendid Suns was a good one too, but I would say I enjoyed this one more.
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This book draws you in and is difficult to put down. The author does an excellent job of describing a life that most of us could never imagine living. I did not watch the movie version because I loved the book and did not want the film to ruin the experience. After you have read this book, you should get "A Thousand Splendid Suns" written by the same author. It tells a different story that is equally as well written.
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Very different book than what I usually read. I did like it and am interested in reading Hosseini's newest book.
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I started this book in the morning, carried it around with me all day and stayed up until 5am to finish it. I'm tired, but it was worth it. There are some very sensitive parts, but it's part of the feeling and plot of the book. Friends of mine have been raving about this book forever, I am glad I finally got to read it.
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Father-son relationships, best-friend conflicts- alone, volumes could be written about either relationship but "The Kite Runner" manages to work two complex stories together into a loving, sad but hopeful story. An incredible description of the immigrant experience in America, as well. This is storytelling at it's best; Bravo!
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Spellbinding. Descriptions of life in Afaghanistan were so interesting and reminded me how lucky I am to live in the U.S.
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One of the best books I've read in a VERY long time!!!
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This book was so haunting and intense - I loved it! I think everyone can relate to Amir because we all do things that we are ashamed of at some point in our lives, and hopefully, we all learn from our mistakes and "become good again" in the future.
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One of the best books I have ever read. It was so compelling that I just could not put it down. It was excellent. Get ready for the fact that it's very depressing at times, but worth it. Highly recommend.
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I was not impressed with this book, I didnt even finish it. For me, there was very little substance and too much forshadowing. Despite all the great reviews, this was not my cup of tea.
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My aunt sent this book in a box of books for my children, I dont know if she sent it on purpose or not. I said that to say this: Im like someone who has a substance abuse problem, only MY substance is books. I didnt have anything on hand to read at the time, so I flipped through the box I previously mentioned, and the title caught my eye. I had heard the title somewhere, I just couldnt place it. After reading the back cover, I was not impressed, but knew it wasnt a kids book, so I lifted it for me anyway. I have to say after the first chapter, I was only mildly interested, then after the third and forth chapters, I couldnt put this book down. I read this book in just a few short hours much to the annoyance of my kids, because I was ignoring them. That is just how great this book was. A MUST READ!!!
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Heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between Amir, the son of a wealthy Afghan businessman, and Hassan, the son of his father's servant. Amir is Sunni; Hassan is Shi'a. One is born to a privileged class; the other to a loathed minority. One to a father of enormous presence; the other to a crippled man. One is a voracious reader; the other illiterate.

The book brings the beauty and violence of this country, Afghanistan, to life. I have listened to the audio version also. The author is the reader and he is a fantastic storyteller.
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Phenomenal novel that nearly every reader will enjoy. Many tears were shed by yours truly by the time I finished this book. One of the best novels I have ever read. Complemented by "A Thousand Splendid Suns," which is written from the "female" perspective. Wow.
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This book drew me in and kept me captive till the end, and strangely enough, it wasn't one that I thought I would enjoy....I was so wrong! The main character is difficult to empathize with, he is selfish, self-centered and not really very likeable....but still the story draws you in....and the imagery is stunning in it's detail. A truly good book has the ability to evoke many emotions adn reactions from it's reader...and this one doesnt' fail. A wonderful journey to embark upon....
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THE KITE RUNNER is a beautiful story written by Khaled Hosseini (not to mention the first Afghan book to be written in English). The novel follows Amir , a boy living in Afghanistan with his father, Baba. The two have been living by themselves since Amir's mother died during childbirth. Well, not really alone. The servant, Ali, and his son, Hassan, live in a hut in the backyard. While they may be servants, Baba looks to them as family. Hassan and Amir grow up together and became friends.

As a child, Amir was always troubled. He felt that he didn't have his father's love, so he was constantly trying to win that love. Amir easily got jealous of Hassan, because Amir felt his father loved Hassan more, since Hassan was such a great athlete and such an honest person. But one day Amir witnesses an injustice done to Hassan, and although Amir could've stopped it from happening, he didn't.

Shortly afterwards Ali and Hassan leave, even though Baba pleads for them to stay. Amir watches as Hassan and Ali climb into their Mercedes and drive off, never to be seen by them again. Soon after that, Amir and Baba escape to the United States to get away from the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

There, Amir graduated high school and went to junior college to become a writer. Amir ended up marrying a nice, pretty woman named Soraya. Shortly after the wedding, Baba dies of cancer. Amir is even more depressed when Soraya and he find out that they can't conceive a child.

Amir and Soraya keep on living life and the years passed. They led normal lives; he as a writer she as a teacher. They lived in a comfortable house with a dog. But one day, Amir's past caught up to him. He received a phone call from an old family friend, Rahim Khan, asking Amir to come to Pakistan.

Amir arrives in Pakistan to see his old friend close to death. But that's not why Khan asked Amir to come. The fact is that Hassan was killed by the Taliban a few months ago, along with his wife. The two left behind their son, Sohrab, who is living in an Afghan orphanage. Khan asks Amir to go find the boy and bring him back to Pakistan so he can live with a nice couple and get away from all of the death and destruction the Taliban has created in Afghanistan.

Amir decides he will go find the son of his late best friend. Only after saving this boy from all the evil in Afghanistan will Amir be saved from the sin he committed so long ago as a child.

This riveting and emotional story catches the readers from page one until the ending. The readers learn about the important history of Afghanistan and the impact of those events on its people. Hosseini wrote a true masterpiece in this novel. It is sure to please all who read it.
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I really enjoyed the book. The story is really very well written. The description of the region and the time period are very well done.
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To me the way a book ends is very important, and this one ends on a very hopeful note. The sensitive reader should beware of some violent scenes all the more disturbing because they are things that actually happen.
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I loved this book. Rarely do I get to see the people of Afghanastan in their normal lives, rather than in war torn video clips on the news. Heartbreaing story of a childhood friendship. Colorful and profound desciption of the rich culture. I didn't want to put it down.
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An intimate account of family and friendship, betrayal and salvation that requires no atlas or translation to engage and enlighten Us. part of the book aare raw and hard to read, yet the book in its entirely is lovingly written.
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Excellent book about the struggles of Afghanistan and growing up there!
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Very good read...enjoyed it thoroughly and learned a lot too!
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After reading "A Thousand Splendid Suns," I had an idea of the hardship painted in this story. What I wasn't prepared for was the inner turmoil and "weight" I would feel for the characters in this book. I felt dissappointed, angry and proud of every one of the main characters at some point. Sad & wonderful at the same time.
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A wonderful story...Khaled Hosseini is a great story teller. You won't want to put it down.
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Loved this book - a great story and a reminder that we are all just people... rich or poor, regardless of culture. Such a well-told tale; I highly recommend it.
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Hosseini tells an emotionaly haunting story of parents and children, servant and master and the meaning of friendship and love against the devastingly cruel backdrop of the turmoil that is Afghanistan. Well worth the read.
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Loved it!
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A wonderful wonderful book. Theres little wonder why it so quickly became a hit!
It gives a view into Afghanistan when the Russians invaded that sadly people don't seem to know much about, which is mildly surprising considering current events there.
Its very human and raw.
The movie doesn't give it justice and skips some major plotpoints in the end half of the novel.
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Very good insight into the culture of Afghanistan before the Taliban, and an amazing story.
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A great book. Provides a lot of insight into Afghan thinking and customs.
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New York Times Bestseller!
A powerful novel... Hosseini gives a vivid and engaging story that reminds us how long his people have been struggling to triumph over the forces of violence - forces that continue to threaten them even today.
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This book is a lyrical and moving as expected. Hosseini's visual imagery of life in pre-war Afghanistan is a feast of color and sound and taste and action. The characters are richly drawn, their situations at once foreign to an American woman and yet as familiar as the human race. The relationships, the effects of war, the inhumanity of a world where servitude by race is accepted and the skew of human dealings with one another under that system... wow. This was so powerful.
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This book was ever so much better than I expected. Good story line with some detail about Afghanistan and their customs.
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One boy is wealthy and privileged, the other is a servant and of the minority religion. It's a familiar story but made all the more interesting for me because of the setting: Afghanistan of 30 years ago.
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Great book! Really got me interested in history-based fiction.
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I absolutely loved this book.
The writer's powerful descriptions transported me to his home, neighborhood, town and country.
I just wish I could have visited the Afghanistan of Mr Hosseini's story.
Alas that will never be.
I was sorry when the book ended.
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We had to read this as an independent reading project in my English class, and I have to say, I was quite surprised that they selected a book with such graphic content to be a required school read. Some of the scenes were extremely graphic, so if you are someone who is bothered by that I would not recommend it.

That being said, I thought it was fantastic. I could not put it down. There are many twists that keep you guessing throughout the entire story. Great read.
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Beautiful and moving coming of age story about an Afghani boy who eventually moves to America with his family. The protrayal of Afghanistan before and after the war is vividly portrayed and gives you insight into the strange and foreign land.
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I cried my eyes out when I saw the movie, which prompted me to read the book. I cried my eyes out again. Such a poignant story. For all the emotion, I never felt that Hosseini was laying it on. Some parts of the story are brutal to read, but it is well crafted. It offers insight into a place (Afghanistan) that most of us only know from recent headlines. It has motivated me to learn more about Afghanistan, its history and cultures.
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Magnificent book, superb writing, will be a classic!
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This book was flat out terrific. For a first book written by a foreigner in English no less.Makes you hope and pray for the Afghanistan people, and thankful for all we have at home here.
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Wonderful, this book is gripping. Its sad and makes you think about life and the relationships that you hold in it, the actions that you take and the conquiences that they produce.
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Arguably far-fetched, but I had trouble putting it down. Takes place in post-monarchic Afganistan and the East Bay area.
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To quote another reviewer here,"Probably one of the finest books I have read in years. Development of character, historical accuracy, the author captured the inner workings of the Afghan male's mind. Beautifully written, great story and plot development and it is difficult not to jump right in with the characters.I cannot rate this high enough!"
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Provides good perspective on the life of a young boy growing up in the middle east during the 1980's
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Terrifying, disturbing, powerful. I could not put this book down!!!
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A great book I could not put down. Also gave another perspective of the war torn middle east. I liked the history aspect of it and how the author moved through the years of Afghanistan's political movements. Although because it does move through so many years I got a little bit confused between some of the minor characters.
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Gives excellent sense of life in Afghanistan during 1970s to present. Gripping, sad story.
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Had a hard time putting it down... Gripping.
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A real page-turner appealing to the heart and imagination simultaneously.
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This is a must read. I couldn't put it down.
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Reading this book informed me of the tragedies in Afghanistan. Made me cry but made me think too. I would highly recommend this book as a great read.
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In addition to the story, you get to learn the history of that part of the world which I don't think many Americans know. You won't take your freedom for granted anymore after reading this book. The book is well written, you can visualize and feel everything the author is writing about.
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Wow! Not one of my normal reads but just was recommended by every woman in my family who read it and a friend who I lent it to first. Finally, MADE myself read it and could barely out it down! REALLY good and just a nice change. I think I even have to keep it to share with people for years to come and 99% of my books get listed here when I'm done.
READ IT!
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Wow. This book was simply beautiful. I must say, I put it off since it was so incredibly popular in 2005, but it had all the elements of a beautiful story--suspense, guilt, jealousy, violence. I'm so glad I read it.
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Very tough to read at times because of the difficult subject matter, but also inspiring and enlightening. A book for our times.
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One of the worst books I have ever read. Sappy, clumsily written, ridiculous plot devices. Yikes. What national psychosis has caused it to be so popular?
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I especially like to read about life in other countries and in different eras. In part one, Hosseini describes the Afghanistan of his protagonist's childhood as a lovely place, rich in culture and vivid with colors; it unfolds like a beautiful tapestry. The relationships between young protagonist Amir and his friend/servant Hassan as well as his father, while complicated, are compelling and 3-dimensional. Amir is a conflicted, and at times unappealing character, yet the author allows him to hold on to the readers' attention and even sympathy. The story in part one is believable, the writing is crisp, and the plot moves along at a fast clip. I was very drawn in to reading about these folks' lives in a well-to-do suburb of Kabul circa 1970s.

Unfortunately, their beloved country is invaded and Amir and his father escape to settle in the U.S. They remake their lives rather humbly in Fremont, CA (home of the largest population of Afghans in America). Fremont in real life is actually nowhere near as dreary as the author describes, and part two of the book slows to a crawl.

In part three, Amir is now in his thirties and living in San Francisco with his barren wife when he gets an urgent call to visit an old family friend who has relocated to Pakistan. The friend, now dying, urges Amir to return to war-torn, Taliban controlled Kabul to right the wrongs of his childhood. Part three is a disappointment as Amir journeys to save a young boy from the ravaged homeland; the author uses many unbelievable plot devices and concocts fantastic coincidences to get through this section. Section three also unfortunately contains the story's crudest, most one-dimensional characters, whose actions are borderline cartoon-like. Finally returning Amir to the U.S., the story rambles into a run-on sentence of sorts, eventually sputtering to a lackluster conclusion.

The story is still worth a read -- at least to enjoy part one.
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This was a good read. Way better than the movie.
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A really well written insight into another world. A tear jerker, but a great book!
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This book is just simply amazing! The way it's written, the things you learn, the characterization, etc, etc. There were so many different things and people presented, everybody is able to connect with the story.
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A slight look at the madmen that make up the Taliban and a better look at the suffering the Afganies went through while our newspeople focused on the silly happenings in Hollywood. You need to read this if you care about the human race.
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LOVED THIS BOOK, SO MOVING!
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An amazing thought-provoking book. Makes a powerful statement on human rights and human relationships.
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I could not put this down. I glimps into what life is like for Afganies both in American and in Afganistan. I have a new appreciation for what they have gone through and for how hard it is to be an immigrant in America.

The story is beyond what I expected.
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I loved this book. The author really makes you hate the main character but in the end he redeems himself. I found this story fascinating. The author does a great job of portraying Afghanistan and the struggles that occurred there. The book mainly focuses on the life of two small boys who grow up in the same household as best friends but there is a lot going on between the relationship between the boys and their fathers. The mothers are both out of the picture. This books deals with the themes of jealousy and betrayal. A great read!
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Made me totally rethink the Taliban in Afghanistan. One of the best-written novels I've read. Riveting story of two boys growing up in Afghanistan, their fathers, and one of the boy's and his father's "escape". I was swept away and didn't want the story to end.
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Okay, I didn't like the pivotal event in the book, but I really didn't like that the main character in the book never caught on. He had his whole life to make up for his mistake. He never does it. Not really. He doesn't see that he can redeem himself. He doesn't take his opportunities. Wow! What a tough choice.
The book is too neat. Everything is related extremely well - like "Holes". But it's too neat. You can see what is coming for a long time. This does work well for the anguish you feel for the âheroâ of the story. You can feel bad for a long time. But it's too unreal. The story becomes too frustrating because the "hero" never learns.
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What a wonderful story. I thought it was going to be "too deep" for me, but it was an easy read as well as fast pace. Strongely recommend.
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A phenomenal read and an open door to another culture and history.
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The BEST book I have read in over a year... Storyline was great and it moved right along.. no long boring parts.. Very thought provoking.. excellent read... 10 stars.
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Moving, Haunting, & excruciating to read.
Don't miss this one it's a great read.
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Incredible story. Have read it twice. Hosseini has a gift for drawing you into a story and making you wish for more when it's ended.
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What a beautifully written novel. It was very difficult to put down. I highly recommend The Kite Runner.
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This was a wonderful book, extremely engrossing. I read it straight through in 2 days, I couldn't put it down! But I feel I must warn future readers, that this book does have several sections of graphic descriptions. I just wanted to let everyone know, just in case you're sensitive to that type of material.
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One of the best books I have ever read!! An instant classic and one of my personal favorites!!!
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I first read this book to find out more about life in Afghanistan. I found the story well-written and would recommend it. I did not like it as well as A Thousand Splendid Suns (perhaps because that was about women and friendship/hardship) but it was still interesting. I have not seen the movie yet so I can't compare the two.
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I did not expect to like this book, as the jacket makes it seem like it would be rather dull. I could not put it down. I read the whole thing in one day, and then read his next book "A Thousand Splendid Suns" the next day. It is really a haunting story that spans through the years and different parts of the world seamlessly. I would suggest this book to anybody.
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Reading this book was a raw and powerful experience. I can not believe this is Hosseini's debut novel. His talent is immense. I suddenly have an interest in Afghanistan since finishing this book. Parts of this book gave me nightmares and also made me cry and curse out loud. It is haunting and unforgettable.
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One of the best books I've ever read, absolutely moving.
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i could not put this book down!
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This is the best fictional book I have read in 2007. The author is able to bring the characters to life in such a way that you feel your are actually observing the story as it takes place. You get a clear impression of what it was like in Afgahnistan before the Russians invaded and after the Taliban took over. The trauma that takes place is so powerful that I had to put it down at one point because I was overwhelmed with emotions. The ending, although not necessarily "happy", is hopeful.

This is a fantastic book for all readers of all Genres.
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This was an incredible story. While reading it in a cafe I would gasp, cry out, and tear up. I am usually not an emotional person in public. But, you can't help it. Extremeley well written, thought provoking, and touching. An honest look at some of the un-talked about qualities of humanity.
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Full of pain. Full of heart. Full of love. Full of tears. But that's just me.
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Great, heart-wrenching story...makes commuting time fly by. The story is read by the author which adds to it's excellence. Khaled Hosseini is the next great novelist of our time--a modern day John Steinbeck!
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This is a very well written book about a painfully current topic.
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Saw the movie and had to read the book. So glad I did. It draws you in and moves you. Great read.
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A book with a message. This novel introduces you to another culture. It gives you a whole different perspective on the values that are important in life.
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Excellent book but read it only if you want to cry your eyes out.
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I thought this book was amazing - at first, I thought it would be difficult to follow as the text is peppered with language that is foreign to me, but after the first few pages I felt so in tune to the characters and the storyline. I love a book that gives you the ability to clearly visualize the characters, the culture and scenery, so you feel you are connected. I feel like I was not only entertained, but I learned something without feeling this was a history lesson. I felt there was no boring "down time" in this book, it moved seamlessly from one chapter to the next and kept my interest the whole time. A few times I was a bit put off by some of the events, a small bit of language, a sexual assault on a young boy, but as troubling as those events are, they are not gratuitous - they have meaning in the story. Without giving too much away, I also like that the story is true to life in a way - the ending is neither too tragic not too happy, yet at the same time it is both.
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An interesting first hand account of events in Afghanistan. Very personal and moving story. Didn't measure up to the hype for me.
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One of the best books I've read in years. Fantastic!
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Read as part of a work book club. Hard to get motivated to start, but ended up being such a fantastic, emotional read. Loved it!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this novel by Khaled Hosseini. I learned a lot about another culture. The story was wonderful and I enjoyed following a young man from his earliest years until he became a married man. This is a heartwarming story you won't forget. I found the novel to be much better than the movie. I'm glad I read the book before seeing the movie.
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Have you ever behaved bad when very young?
How about if you had the chance to make up for it?
How about if you know there is a life in the balance?

Would you have the courage to do so? Would you be faithful to your own culture?

Want to read about honor, love and courage but not about a soldier?

Watch it, better to have someone to hug at the end of the book.
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"For you, a thousand times over"...

This book is an incredibly poignant tale of guilt and redemption. Beautifully written. Get the kleenex out when reading this one for sure!
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I loved this book...such a great redemption story!
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Interesting story line. Was able to learn a bit about another culture. Character developlement was fantastic. I wanted to keep reading for find out what happened to everyone. Will definetly read more by this author.
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Bought this book when it first came out and never finished it, until last summer. it was worth it.
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This is not my usual type of book, but this audio was given as a present to me, so I listened. I'm so glad I did. I loved it! The story moved me and was very enjoyable.
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This quickly became one of my all time favorite reads. The writing was simple, yet elegant. The characters were rich, and came alive through the story. I was actually sad to turn the last page of this book, but felt an enormous swelling of pride at having read something I felt to be important.
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Excellent book
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Depressing but fascinating view into Afghani everyday life. Glad I live here and not there!
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Loved the book. Everyone I know loved the book. Would highly recommend it!
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Very good book!
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Politics and current events are just really not my thing so this book was doomed with me from the beginning. Add in the fact that the main character is a complete douche and you get a book with 1 star. I upped it to 2 just because the writing was good and it wasn't hard to read. And, if it were possible, I may have added 1/2 a star for the twist that happened and the course of events afterwards. Overall, an ok read. Not sure it's worth the hype that was given to it, but an ok book.
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Gripping!
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This book was full of great characters, plot, and real emotions. I cried from happiness and joy. It also made me question how I live my life and how I see the world, which I believe is the job of all novels.

I gave it 4 and a half stars because while most of the story's dramatic parts were believeable, there was one part that I did not believe. I will not go into detail because I dont want to spoil any parts for future readers...

All in all: great book.
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This is one of teh best books I've ever read.
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Wow, really good. I tend to shy away from bestsellers in real books because there are just so many other great books that aren't bestsellers out there. But, of course there is a reason this one is so well known and loved. And, it was really the perfect audiobook. Read by the author, you get the infliction of the voices in Farsi-turned-English speaking like only someone who knows that life can do.

This is my second Hosseini book and probably not my last. Great pace and while there is tragedy and love and loyalty, it isn't your usual typical story and keeps you pulled in to the very last bit. In fact, the end was a bit slow. At first I was a little perturbed, but really, the author knows best and it led up to a great ending to pull the story all together.
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A sad and sweet story about childhood in Afghanistan
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A wonderful read, a heartbreaking story, this touches your soul and the lives of everyone in it will stay with you for a long time. I highly recommend this book to any reader. I felt every emotion through out the pages of this well-written novel. I loved it. One to always keep on the shelf and occasionally lend it to someone, but get it back. The only improvement would be if it were a true story.
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Heart-wrenching, vivid portrayal of life in Afghanistan...the story line is on fire, a sense of sadness throughout, with an ultimate redemption ending. Top of my list!
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Absolutely wonderful... until the ending anyway! I felt the ending was pretty unbelieveable and kind of gratuitious, yet the story until that point was captivating and extremely well written. I really loved this book.
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I loved it! It is has an amazing story and is very inspirational.
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Beautifully written. An emotional read but one that enlightens you on the old and new Afghanistan.
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Wonderful story
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an excellent book! I couldn't put it down. Beautifully written and left a lump in my throat.
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Story seemed to be lacking. Theme kept me interested.
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Most of the story is very captivating. The last third of the book is long and drawn out and the end is a disappointment.
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This is an awesome book! I didn't think it would interest me but I couldn't put it down. The author is a master storyteller.
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This was my intro to Afghani fiction. I sure am glad to have stumbled upon this in the airport.
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This book was just one of those that I couldn't put down. It was beautifully and poignantly written. I immediately read A Thousand Splendid Suns upon completing this one and wish that Hosseini had more for me to devour. He is a gifted writer.
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This book has simply become an all-time favorite of mine. It's not often when a reader comes across an author who can pull on your heart strings. Hosseini did an excellent job enabling the reader to relate to the characters. Simply a fantastic book. Be sure to also read Hossenini's other book, "A Thousand Splendid Suns".
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This was a fantastic book; one you want to read quickly in order to find out what happens, but want to read slowly so that you can savor it.
I've had this book for over a year, and never got to it. Now I can't wait to read "A Thousand Splendid Suns" too!
To try to explain what this book is about is like trying to explain love, or how an exquisite dessert tastes. It is certainly a story of growth and redemption. But it is more, much more.
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This was a great book... I never would have read it except that it was an assignment for school, and now I'm VERY glad I did read it. While the story is a little sad and depressing at times, it's also just... an amazing story that makes your heart go out to the characters...
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Fascinating, well-written and heart-wrenching.
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It was a bestseller for a good reason. It's a poignantly written story about two of our deepest relationships: that with our best friends and with our fathers.
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Powerful and Moving
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I liked this book, and it opened up a whole range of emotions for me. It wasn't an easy read for me because of the frustration, anger, and heartbreak it evoked. The core of it all delves into our human nature where jealousy, loyalty, betrayal, honesty, and the need for acceptance exists.

As a person that doesn't have much knowledge of Afghanistan and its culture, it was fairly interesting to get a glimpse into that world. However, at times, because of that, it made for a slower read for me. I found myself getting tripped up on the addition of a foreign language so that things didn't flow as smoothly as I'd have liked. But, I suppose in a way it did add to the "atmosphere" of the story and make you feel that you were there.
As for the storyline, there were a couple of surprising twists I didn't see coming, but toward the end it became quite predictable.

I felt the characters were well developed which always adds a deeper experience with the book. The character of Hassan continuously tugged at my heart, and I struggled with the heartbreak I felt for him. As always, I was pulling for the underdog, and he will remain one of those characters that sticks with me for a long time.
For most of the book I didn't care for the main character, Amir. His cowardice, among other things, was truly hard to accept. In his defense, he did however always seem to be aware of his profound wrong doings and weaknesses, with a conscience to feel guilt. I suppose you could label this book as a brutally honest look at the very human, seriously flawed people that we are sometimes, and the mistakes we make that impact us and others the rest of our lives. But, where there are mistakes, guilt and regrets, there is also a chance for redemption and forgiveness; and that's what this book is about.
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Intensely moving. Afghanistan has suffered so much. Good for understanding immigrants to USA, what they may have been through, cultural aspects of make-up and behavior.
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An enriching read, but I had problems with the plot. I suppose some contrivance is necessary to move the narrative along, but I felt the author manipulated events excessively to make his point.
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I recommend this book, for the content and the characters. It was good to start and at the end, but somewhere in the middle, it was a little long-winded. I did cry at the end though. Very well formed storyline and the characters were entertaining. Touching story.
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Loved this book. Could not put it down. Great story about life in Afghanistan before/during the Russian invasion.
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I could not put the book down. A great book full of surprises. It kept me on the edge and tense until the very last page. I am going to read the rest of the books on this author. It is sad to say that this book is based on true story.
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This is a beautiful, beautiful story.
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I found this book interesting but not riveting. It was interesting in the sense of giving the reader a small insight into Afghanistan way of life. This book was very easy to put down and come back to read some more a week later. The writing was good don't get me wrong but the story isn't something that held my interest in the I can't put this book down until I'm done with it way. i will say I can see where some people find it riveting "Newsday" or powerful "the Washington Post Book World" but then I'm never "politically correct" This book is not for everyone but if you are "politically correct" you will love this book. If you enjoy learning about other cultures you will find this book interesting. (I was a humanities major in college) Happy reading!
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There are but a handful of books that I would rate as Outstanding. This is amongst the few. I have had this book on my shelf for nearly two years but I could not bring myself to even start reading it. I don't know what I thought the book would be, but it was not that at all. When a book is so highly praised, I tend to believe it can't live up to the praise. This one did.

The stories of Amir and Hassan were heartwrenching and, at times, unfathomable but always believable because all of the characters were real and all too human. Amir, a privileged but self-centered youth, contrasts with Hassan who is anything but privileged or self-centered. Though tragedy falls to both, it's inevitably Amir who is left to bring closure. Interestingly, Hassan's open-heartedness allows him to live his life, meager though it is. Amir struggles to find peace throughout and I like to think he does, though even that is difficult for him. But isn't that the way life really is sometimes?

We're reminded that some parts of the world have never had long-lasting peace. Yet, within that backdrop, are many tales, many lessons, many faces. And those faces are recognizable.

I'm so excited by this book that I could easily tell the story, but there are other places for that. I just want to say Read the Book.
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Khaled Hosseini takes you to another place. Afghanistan is shown to you as most have not seen or at the least to do not recognize of the place today. It is brutal and honest and a great book.
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Undoubtedly an exceptional book. However, if you are a person who does not like reading about child abuse and child rape, there are images in here that will haunt you. I just find it too disturbing to read really hard core descriptions of child abuse. But if you can overlook that, the history and education you gain from this read is amazing. Or, you could read 'Three Cups of Tea' for great education AND an uplifting read.
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Very intense and beautiful.
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I guess everyone had read this book by now, but if you haven't, do it now! This book and the author's second novel are amazing. What you learn about the culture of Afghanistan is worth the trouble, and you have the added bonus of a story that will draw you in immediately.
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As a result of this book have done more reading about Afghanistan and surrounding countries. Such a difficult political condition
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Made me cry...
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A must read!
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Hands down, one of the MUST reads!
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Powerful Cultural Experience
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Magnificent book, held my attention throughout and oh how I hated for it to end!!
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Very good book. It was hard to put down and one of the few books worth the hype.
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I couldn't put it down. Wasn't sure I like this kinds of book, but it held from the beginning to end.
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This book was hard to get into at first and then after the shocking event that happened it was hard to put down. You wanted to know what it had to do to the rest of the story.
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Really exciting.
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Excellent Book... I enjoyed reading it although it at times was quite depressing.
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wonderful book, very descriptive, hard to read at times and yet hard to put down
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Meh . . . it was okay. A lot of media over-hype, I thought. I finished it, but I won't go desparately looking for another book by this author.
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A wonderful read - thought-provoking and powerful. Key characters are Amir, son of a relatively wealthy and somewhat popular entrepreneur, and Hassan, a servant boy whose father was a boy with Ali's father. As the story unfolds, Ali finds himself betraying his best friend and the friendship fades, particularly on Ali's part.

Hassan is the best kite runner in Kabul. In competition, boys fly kites with tar coated strings studded with glass pieces to cut the strings of other kites. The winner is the last kite flying. It is during a competition that Ali finds himself betraying his friend.

The author depicts Afghan life as it was in the 70s. The Taliban come, welcomed by the populace who later discover that life under their rule is not what they hoped. A sad and heart-warming tale, the characters are well developed. This is a story of survival and friendship. A highly recommended read for those who wish to better understand our world.
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I loved this book... it is good reading and informative about the culture that goes along with the story line. Would suggest this book to anyone!!
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Haunting story that stays with you for a very long time. I'm still not sure how I feel about it...although the main character tries to find redemption, I'm not so sure he ever does.
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Absolutely wonderful! Will remain one of my favorite books for years to come.
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Great character descriptions. They were so good that I felt like long lost friends were moving away when the book ended. And maybe most interestingly, this is the first book I've read where I felt like I had a good idea of what it was like to be a boy and the expectations of becoming a man. It was an eye-opener for me. Everything else about the book has been given in the previous million reviews. :) It's a fantastic book that reads beautifully.
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I absolutely loved this book. I cried, laughted, rejoiced, and was truly touched by the characters in this novel. A great read.
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I knew nothing about this part of the world..and this book made me want to know more.
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Very well written. This is one of the best books I have read! I'm keeping this one on my shelf.
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This book is definetly up in my top 3. I absolutely love it. I will prob go back and read it again one day.
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An excellent story and one of my favorites. Amir is a privileged child who makes choices he regrets, but in the end, has the courage to do the right thing and is better for it.
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Holy crap -- wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! I loved it but it can be a bit harsh at times.
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This was a wonderful book! I would highly recommend it to a friend. Some parts where predictable, but in the end thought it was a sweet story of forgiveness.
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So riveting. I couldn't put it down.
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heartbreakingly beautiful. A story of love in redemption that shows it is never too late to go home.
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I read the Kite Runner because I have heard a lot of great things about it over the years. I was curious to see what all the hubbub was about. I actually listened to it on audio book; the audio book is read by the author and was fairly well done. Overall I thought it was an interesting book and pretty well written.

This book tells the story of Amir, the son of a wealthy businessman in Kabul. We follow Amir through his childhood with close servant/friend Hassan. After a significant brutal event that happens to Hassan, him and Amir are driven apart. As violence increases in Kabul, Amir and his father flee first to Pakistan and then to America. What follows is then a story of Amir and his life in America. Eventually Amir's past comes back to haunt him and he is called back to Pakistan to deal with some unfinished business.

I will say that first of all this isn't a comfortable or happy read; there are a number of heartbreaking and extremely brutal events that happen in this book. It is a decently written look into Afghan culture and into how the political events that happened there affected the citizens of Kabul. The characters are fairly engaging if not likable; Amir is mostly a brat throughout the story...although he kind of redeems himself in the end. Hassan is at times so passive you want to smack him; but maybe that was just me.

There were some things that really struck me with this book. I found it fascinating how similar Afghan culture was to American culture before all of the violence started; in this I mean they had winter break from school (rather than summer), children looked up to the major holidays where they got presents, there were bullies, and Amir strives for the acceptance of his father. The Afghan people described in this book are just like any other people; that is until the Taliban take over.

There were also a number of things I didn't especially enjoy about this book. For example the author gets rather graphic about rape scenes, torture, and beatings; but veers away from describing any tender scenes between husband and wife or family members. This could be a cultural tendency, especially since Amir was raised in the absence of any women. Still it was like the author did his best to emphasis the torture and pain these people went through without really spending much time on the tenderness and love that was also present. It was almost like the author was going for maximum shock value, not a balanced story.

The role of women in this book is fairly truncated; I understand women don't have a ton of pull in Afghan culture and Amir was raised in an absence of women, but it would have been nice to see more women and how the events in Kabul and immigration to America affected them. Also the book was a bit inconsistent both in time-frame and pacing. Amir goes back and forth between present and past often, and at times it is difficult to figure out where in his life timeline you are for the story he is telling. There are also periods in the book where nothing much happens and then periods where things rush past.

Overall I liked the book for the peek it gives you into Afghan culture. I thought the writing was okay, the characters engaging but only marginally likable, and the pacing a bit inconsistent. This is not a feel good book; mostly it is just really depressing how inhumane humanity can get. I would recommend reading this book if you want a better understanding of Afghanistan with characters that are somewhat engaging. I would like to read Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns at some point; it sounds like that book deals more with women in Afghan culture. I also thought that Swallows of Kabul was better written and gave a better look at what life was like under the Taliban; this books kind of misses some of that because Amir is in America for that portion of time. So, if you are more interested in Afghanistan under Taliban rule I would read that book.
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One of my favorite books of all time. I will remember the passion of the characters, the culture and political setting in Afghanistan, the authors great descriptive style, the lessons that the power of guilt and shame can have for a lifetime and always the power that we have to turn that around. I also saw the movie, but don't bother.
What a disappointment!
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I read this and found it to be very touching as well as informative. I looked up the names of one of the places in the book to see if the events it the book were historical or just fiction. This particular event was unfortunately quite real. This just added to the story for me. A great read!
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One of my all time favorite reads
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Amazing book! A must read! I loved the book. It is a wonderful tale that will pull on your heartstrings.
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All I can write is, "WOW"! What a great book.
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Fantastic book, I love this author.
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This is a good book it I had a hard time putting it down and it gave valuable insight into the Afgan and Muslim culture
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A great book - I couldn't put it down.
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For those who have lived in the Mideast this will ring true. For those who need redemption, this will ring true. Sad, poignant, unforgettable.
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Touching and dark. For mature audiences. Excellent story line.
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Fantastic book, I think a must read.
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Great book. Could use an ending, though.
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What a beautiful story found deep inside...revealing how love comes full circle.
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I really enjoyed this book for the most part, as it was a page turner! The storyline is a little depressing though. So, as long as you do not mind that, I highly recommend it!
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Very powerful book.
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This is a wonderful story. The subject matter deals with childhood trauma and how an individual reacts to it, sometimes getting another chance to right a wrong.
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A GREAT read. Could not put it down once I started.
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Easy to get caught up in this book and feeling the the boy.
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The "Kite Runner" is a riveting novel that seems like a nonfiction story. I truly enjoyed reading this novel and stayed up late trying to finish it!
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True to the style of his other book - A Thousand Splendid Suns - the author reveals his intimate knowledge of the reality of life as an Afghan during the last 30 years. The story tells the tortured tale of one man and his relationships with father, servants, brothers, and friends. The culture of the Afghan people is apparent as is the the brutality of the two political regimes that occupied Afghanistan during that time frame. A good read in the context of the current events there today.
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I can't wait to read his next book. this book has heart and he writes much better than I can but have to be a little critical of his forshadowing. It was as if he was trying to hard to tie things together, some of which could have been left out.However this was a really enjoyable book.
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what a beautiful book. the great mystery that is finally revealed is so hard to take. but at the same time, it is such a powerful story that I think as many Americans as possible should read, given our involvement in that region. amazing storytelling.
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This is an excellent book. The author truly captures the spirit of the main character. He carries you thru his life. I learned a great deal about this culture.
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This is a human story about regret and love. If you haven't read it yet, you're in for a treat.
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The book is much better than the movie
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I enjoyed the book but I read A Thousand Suns first so I have to say that made more of an impression on me. I felt after after A Thousand Suns, I would never look at the news about Kabul in the same way again, I would be able to relate more to the terrible things that go on in that country.
I felt the The Kite Runner was more of a personal redemption book, some fact? Some fiction? I don't know...
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I couldn't put it down. Troubling, eye opening and educational. Must read. Opens your mind.
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This book really brings insight to how other cultures live. It is an eye-opening experience into the life of a boy who always felt inadequate and late in life found himself. Great read!
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What an amazing story.
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I could barely put this book down. You get to know 2 little boys and the great bond between them. How they look after each until the relationship goes into a different direction. I could really feel the conflict and the turmoil in this book. How important it is in the decisions we make everyday. Great book!!!!!!!! By the way I did rent the movie and I thought the movie was terrible. It just didn't have the depth of the book.
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I would have never read this book but a friend gave it to me and several others said I should read. I am so glad that I did read it because this is one of those books that changes your perspective of life. All I can really say is that i held it together all the way through the book but as I read the last chapter, the tears started pouring down. Someday I will tell my dear friends and maybe even children that they should pick up and read this book.
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What a vivid writer very powerful and moving all in one. I just received his second book " A Thousand Splendid Sons " and am excitied to read it as well!! Happy reading
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Great story of human characters. The writing is so beautiful, I couldn't put it down.
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Oh man, I WANTED to like this book because everybody told me how good it was. I was angry at myself for forcing myself to finish reading the book. I totally disliked the main character and I hated the way the book ended. Now I am reluctant to read anything else by Mr. Hosseini.
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I never thought I would like this book. However, I enjoyed Hosseini's writing immensely: at once compelling, erudite and excellently plotted. A classic.
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I couldn't put it down. This book opened my eyes to a entirely different world.
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Such an amazing book!
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Amazing story! Do not miss this one! You will regret it!
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Unabridged.
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Powerful, and sometimes emotionally hard to read, and stunningly wonderful. I couldn't put it down!
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Powerful and amazing book !!!
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The best book that I read in 2006! I've shared copies with many friends and family members that report back their love for the book.
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This is a powerful story. It was my book club selection. It really was an insite into the lives of the people of Afghanistan.
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Moving, exciting story.
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Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. One of the best books I've read in years. Mr. Hosseini writes about a difficult topic with clarity focusing on the commonality among us.
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exceptional book. Couldn't put it down until I was done with it!
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Not always pleasant, but always pleasing. The cover blurb 'A moving portrait of modern Afghanistan' says it. Definitely a powerful read.
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Excellent. Loved the story, loved the characters. Opened me up to a world I didn't know existed. Touching story.
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I very poignant story. I felt a learned a little bit about living in Afghanistan. It is a sad story, but one that is very well told.
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great read!
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This isn't the type of book I would usually read, but I'm glad I did. Very moving story!
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LOVED this book! 5 stars!
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A true page turner form beginning to end.
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excellent book one of the best reads I have had for a long time
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#1 New York Times Best Seller!
A San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year!
"This powerful first novel...tells a story of a fierce cruelty and fierce yet redeeming love. Both transform the life of Amir, Khaled Hosseini's privileged young narrator who comes of age during the last peaceful days of the monarchy, just before his country's revolution and its invasion by Russian forces. But political events, even as dramatic as the ones that are presented in "The Kite Runner," are only a part of this story. Khaled Hosseini gives us a vivid and engaging story that reminds us how long his people have been struggling to triumph over the forces of violence - forces that continue to threaten them even today."
-The New York Times Book Review
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Very well written. Can be pretty rough at times but well worth the read.
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I loved this book. It touches every emotion in you.
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I'm sure you have heard something of this novel. It certainly is quite a nice story and written in beautiful language.
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I couldn't get into this novel. Interesting plot line thought.
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This book was amazing! The characters will stay with you for a long time!
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An excellent, moving well written story, definitely an A++++++
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This is a excellent book!! At first I was worried that it may be a "bit deep" for me---------------But I got into it with no problem, and learned a great deal. Makes you PROUD TO BE A AMERCAN!!!
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This is one of the most compelling and interesting books I have read in 2005. With the direct references to what life is like in Afghanistan today versus 20 years ago, one can fully understand the impact and devistation that has been forced on the people of Afghanistan. This book is a must read and I have already loaned my copy to several friends.
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Awesome!
Julie
Lowell,MA
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This is a sad but fascinating look at a boy growing up in Afghanistan and his relationships with his father and friends.
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I really enjoyed this book. I read it for a book club I am in.
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One of the best reads in a long, long time.
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Took a little while to get past the writing style - but a great book!!
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A very interesting tale of childhood in another country that has a type of caste system. Two boys, one wealthy and one the son of the servant, and the tale of their childhood and needing each other in later years. Graphic in some parts, but a decent story.
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Excellent and moving story. Couldn't put it down.
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It started out kind of slow, but got to be really good. So just stick with it if you think it's starting slow. :)
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I thought this was a very touching story of a friendship between two boys, and a father son relationship.
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What can you say except wonderful, wonderful.
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Very powerful book.
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Very good book. Held my attention. Ending was not streyotypical.
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A story of family and friendship of two boys growing up in Afghanistan. A good insight into the culture and lives of the people in Afghanistan. It will stay with you for a long while.
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Good, but not great.
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Well-written and memorable tale, very sad.
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Incredible story - well, saga, really - about a man's childhood in Afghanistan and his eventual return to pay penance to his friend's memory.
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Heartwrenching story
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THis was good - sad but good. Very indepth!
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Well-written. I really enjoyed it.
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A fascination look at the lives of two young boys, one rich and the other a servant. Very enjoyable, not what I expected.
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Excellent....Very different from books I normally read, but this one was incredible.
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This book is fantastically written! Although it was a very sad book, I couldn't put it down. It was an eye-opening experience. This is a wonderful book for a book club discussion.
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A very sad story, but so very real. A satisfying, riveting read.
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Powerful...Haunting...Moving and Unexpected...Riveting...Unforgettable...Evocative and Genuine...Extraordinary.
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This was one of the best books I've read in awhile.
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Another great story about life in Afghanistan and with a heart rending twist. You wonder how much of this is true and how much is really fiction.
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This book is truly a treasure. I look forward to more from this author.
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Touching and wonderful.
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very touching and a study in human nature just wonderful
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A real page turner! Beautiful window into the culture. An amazing first novel!
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Amazing book which provides a glimpse into Afghani life through one man's universal exploration of friendship and the fight against violence and cruelty.
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Definitely a must-read. This book was hard to put down. It was very emotional and real. It's one of my favorite books.
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A truly phenomenal read!
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The author should have written a memoir.
This plot was unbelievable and silly. Hard to finish.
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Compelling reading! This is very intense and I would hesitate to say I loved it - it's pretty grim in places - but I sure couldn't put it down.
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I couldn't put it down, complex characters and I couldn't tell what was going to happen from one page to the next. A must have!
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I don't know of one person who has read this book who hasn't been absolutely blown away by it. A fantastic, heartbreaker of a novel.
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An awesome story about love, loss, friendship and betrayals...it doesn't get much better than this!
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Such an amazing book. Khaled Hosseini gave me goosebumps at times, because of his descriptions and the feeling that was portrayed through his characters!
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This is a terrific book. So well written and readable. A tale of our times and yet timeless in some of its themes.
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WONDERFUL book. I finished it in one day because I couldn't put it down. This is not the kind of story I usually read, but it is about life, love and brotherhood.
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This is absolutely by far one of the best books I've ever read. The story is incredible. You will go into another world. Your heart will break for Hassan, you will hate Amir, but in the end you will come to love him and feel his pain. Such an incredible story!!! I can't believe I waited so long to read this book.
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An unforgettable story!
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Coming of age book, with a slight twist.
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It is one of the most wonderful reads ...........a beautiful story about relationships
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Wow. I had a physical reaction to reading two different parts in this book. Hosseini is gifted in drawing you in to the point of FEELING what is going on. Incredible. His rich prose has opened the world of the middle east to me and his storytelling has left me simply breathless. A powerful read.
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A story very well written by an Afgani doctor who now lives in the United States.This book gives insight into the culture and struggles of Afganistan through the lives of two boys and the choices they make.
A very good solidly written story from a first time novelist. This book will be followed in 2006 with another novel also set in Afganistan.
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This is one of the few books I'd give 5 stars for. Much better than I thought it would be. It's the story of two boys, Amir and Hassan, who come of age during the last peaceful days of the monarchy. Hassan is Amir's servant who is totally self-sacrificing as it concerns Amir and his family. Their friendship ends shortly after an incident done against Hassan that Amir just watches. Amir then begins to hate Hassan because of his own guilt. Throughout the book, Amir struggles with this guilt. To escape the Russian army's attack on Afghanistan, Amir and his father, Baba, imigrate to America. Baba, a successful businessman in Afghanistan, loses everything. Amir starts on his writing career and grows up. He is able to assuage his guilt when he is forced to return to Afghanistan to visit his dying "uncle". An incredible story written with stark prose.
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all emotions in one book. i could not put it down..there were very disturbing parts but it was a very good book.
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Extremely interesting! A page turner to say the least! I was not able to put this book down!
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A great book. Very intense.
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Excellent book. I enjoyed the insight into Afghanistan and the culture. Great read.
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Interesting and thoughtful.
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Great storytelling
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Excellent book. Really made the author's life real. Couldn't put it down.
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Beautiful and Powerful story of an Afghani childhood. And much more.
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gripping, extremely well written...
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One of the best books I have read this year!!
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While I agree with the NY Times in that the book was both powerful and haunting, and that it offered a glimpse into Afghanistan I had never before encountered, I wasn't overly awed by the style, which, to me, is nearly as important as substance, even though I can't use a comma correctly to save my life.
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From Publishers Weekly
Hosseini's stunning debut novel starts as an eloquent Afghan version of the American immigrant experience in the late 20th century, but betrayal and redemption come to the forefront when the narrator, a writer, returns to his ravaged homeland to rescue the son of his childhood friend after the boy's parents are shot during the Taliban takeover in the mid '90s. Amir, the son of a well-to-do Kabul merchant, is the first-person narrator, who marries, moves to California and becomes a successful novelist. But he remains haunted by a childhood incident in which he betrayed the trust of his best friend, a Hazara boy named Hassan, who receives a brutal beating from some local bullies. After establishing himself in America, Amir learns that the Taliban have murdered Hassan and his wife, raising questions about the fate of his son, Sohrab. Spurred on by childhood guilt, Amir makes the difficult journey to Kabul, only to learn the boy has been enslaved by a former childhood bully who has become a prominent Taliban official. The price Amir must pay to recover the boy is just one of several brilliant, startling plot twists that make this book memorable both as a political chronicle and a deeply personal tale about how childhood choices affect our adult lives. The character studies alone would make this a noteworthy debut, from the portrait of the sensitive, insecure Amir to the multilayered development of his father, Baba, whose sacrifices and scandalous behavior are fully revealed only when Amir returns to Afghanistan and learns the true nature of his relationship to Hassan. Add an incisive, perceptive examination of recent Afghan history and its ramifications in both America and the Middle East, and the result is a complete work of literature that succeeds in exploring the culture of a previously obscure nation that has become a pivot point in the global politics of the new millennium.

I thought this was an absolutely amazing book that made me laugh & cry. This is paperbook though it came up on the system as hardcover.
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A very unforgettable book! I never thought I would read a book about Afghanistan....but I'm so glad I did!
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Intense. Sometimes overly so.
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beautiful book
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This book was unbelievable, I had no interest in it after reading the back cover, but after a friend's recommendation, I grudgingly started to read it. That only lasted through the first page or two, this story is heartbreaking and I could not put it down. I certainly hope this new author writes more.
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An amazing book, especially interesting because of the current struggles in the Middle East.
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Very moving story! I really enjoyed listening to this.
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Gripping, Powerful, Evocative!
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Fabulous, Addictive book.
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If I could give this book more than five stars, I would. It's excellent. I flew through it in just a couple days. It's very hard to put down and fantastically written. Highly recommended.
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Very good and engrossing story line and good character development.
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Excellent book!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So sad and gives you a great look at the Afghan culture.
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Not quite as good as people have told me. However, very well written and insightful
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Very poignant. Didn't want it to end. Sad and hopeful at the same time.
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A very gripping and emotional book
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This is a ground breaking novel. It certainly stirred my emotions.
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Amazing story, truly unforgettable.
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awesome book. could not put it down
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. This has been moved into my list of all time favorites.
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Great Book!!
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A real insight into Afghanistan. A real good book.
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Very intense reading, Hosseini does an excellent job at portraying life in Afganistan.
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I didnt enjoy it as much as I had thought I would.. but a good book all in all for anyone interested in this type of reading
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A wonderful story, not what I always read, but worth it.
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Excellent! Very moving story.
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Five stars are simply not enough for this fantastic work of literature. Stunning novel.
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Well written excellent story.
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Very profound and thought-provoking.
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Great book. Could not put it down
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Exceptional read.
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Absolutely moving and wonderful!
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This was by far one of the best books I ever read!

Ellen
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Great book. Very moving.
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I thought this book was wonderful and so did everyone I know who has read it. Can't really pinpoint why I enjoyed it so much. Hm.
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This book was so, so good! I read it practically in one sitting. It's funny, sad, heartwarming, and thought-provoking.
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One of the best books I've ever read!!! Wonderfully done, with a cast of characters you will fall for. Very Powerful First Novel - anxiously awaiting his second, third, and fourth...
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At first I couldn't get into this book, but then after a few chapters I was hooked and couldn't put it down.
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Very Good Read
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I found this book to be a very interesting and moving story about the troubles encountered by an Afghani boy. Some parts are almost hard to read because they are very vivid descriptions. I would highly recommend reading this intriguing book.
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A fantastic fantastic book!!
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This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I found myself thinking about it long after I'd finished the book. I'm constantly giving copies to friends and relatives to read.
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One of the best books I've ever read.
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Very well written. Sad and memorable.
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I loved this book and would highly recommend it. Hosseini's characters are very complex, and I found that I could really relate to them, their relationships, and struggles.
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This was a very good book. I couldn't put it down.
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The mystery that is Afganistan is revealed in this gripping tale of a family caught up in Taliban rule. . .
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Wow! This was a great read.
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5 STARS!!!!This powerful first novel tells a story of fierce cruelty and fierce yet redeeming love. Both transform the life of Amir, Khaled Hosseini's privileged young narrator, who comes of age during the last peaceful days of the monarchy, just before his country's revolution and its invasion by Russian forces.
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An outstanding book. Enough said!
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It stars slow but stick with it. The story gets better the more you read. Though fiction, this reads like a true story.
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This is a very compelling story. Very disturbing in a few area, but hopeful in the end.
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One of my all-time favorites. A glimpse into the life of pre-war Afghanistan. An intriguing story superbly well written.
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I really enjoyed this book. It was a good read.
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this was a great book. everyone should read, you will enjoy.
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Fabulous book!
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Very good story of young man growing up in Amir. It will make a great movie someday.
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Very powerful.
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Absolutely one of the best books I have read!!! Highly Recommend!!
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Timely and engaging story; the author's style of prose isn't really my cup of tea--rather rough and undeveloped, but it's his first book I can't be too critical. I definitely recommend!
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This was a wonderful read; I couldn't put it down once I started. Deserves all the rave reviews it has received.
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This is a complete story. The full evolution of a person. Very interesting.
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It is a good book and easy to read. It has a lot about life in Afghanistan and is told from the viewpoint of the person of some wealth there.
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POWERFUL...MOVING...UNEXPECTED...UNFORRGETTABLE
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Wonderful! I loved it!
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One of my new favorite books. Amir's actions make you think about how you would react in the same situation.
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Great book, make sure you keep the Kleenex on the ready!
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I read this book in 3 days, I thought it was amazing! Very powerful story.
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Very interesting book!
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I really don't want to let go of this book. It drew me in and colored the way I see things. I'll have to get myself another copy in a few years.
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One of the best books I've read in years.
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A very interesting book. Was great discussion at our book club.
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really not my usual reading (and honestly did not think i would like it), but once i started, i couldn't put it down. learned a lot about afghani culture in a very moving story.
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This powerful 1st novel, is a storuy of fierce cruelty and fierce yet redeemng love. In Afghanistan. I know the book is fiction, but it has a feeling that some of the incidents are factual.
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May be my all-time favorite book.
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Memorable. It will change the way you think about yourself and others.
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A very inspiring book, though parts of it were disturbing to me.
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Couldn't get into it at all.
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Very interesting read. This was part of a book club selection and people had interesting views on the book. Throughout the book, there were some phrases and words that were in another language that were not translated so it made it difficult to fully understand what was going on.
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Very good book -- a book group favorite
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I really enjoyed this book. I could not put it down after I after I started reading it. It is the type of book that makes your heart ache.
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A must-read...Absolutely amazing.
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One of the best books I've ever read----wonderful!
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Fantastic story. Easy to read and interesting to the end.
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This book was a journey of betrayal and redemption.
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Great book. A MUST read
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The first third is the best, I didn't find the protagonist to be interesting or sympathetic and I have no idea why this is so popular with book clubs.
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Very gripping novel of modern day Afghanistan