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The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner
Author: Khaled Hosseini
This powerful first novel tells a story of fierce cruelty and fierce yet redeeming love. Both transform 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. But political events, even as dramatic as the ones th...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781594480003
ISBN-10: 1594480001
Publication Date: 4/27/2004
Pages: 384
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 5733 ratings
Publisher: Riverhead Trade
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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animlgrl avatar reviewed The Kite Runner on + 84 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 48
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.
carriej73 avatar reviewed The Kite Runner on + 34 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 42
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.
reviewed The Kite Runner on + 47 more book reviews
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!
bananapancakes avatar reviewed The Kite Runner on + 95 more book reviews
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.
ada04 avatar reviewed The Kite Runner on + 68 more book reviews
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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Beautifully written. An emotional read but one that enlightens you on the old and new Afghanistan.
ndaynan avatar reviewed The Kite Runner on + 6 more book reviews
Story seemed to be lacking. Theme kept me interested.
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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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