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Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini - Book Review

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Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini - Book Review
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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is one of the best books I have read in years. This is a page turner with complex characters and situations that will make you think hard about friendship, good and evil, betrayal, and redemption. It is intense and contains some graphic scenes; however, it is not gratuitous. A great book by many measures.
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  • Complex, interesting characters
  • Suspenseful story - You won't want to put it down
  • Believable voice
  • Interesting look at Afghanistan


  • Intense, potentially upsetting content (not for children)


  • Themes that touch all humanity - love, cruelty, redemption
  • A setting worth learning about - Afghanistan from the monarchy through the Taliban
  • A page turning, heart rending story of friendship and secrets

Guide Review - Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini - Book Review

On one level, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is the story of two boys in Afghanistan and Afghan immigrants in America. It is a story set in a culture that has become of increasing interest to Americans since the September 11, 2001 attacks. On this level, it provides a good way for people to learn more about Afghan history and culture in the context of story.

Looking at The Kite Runner as a story about culture, however, misses what the book is really about. This is a novel about humanity. This is a story about friendship, loyalty, cruelty, longing for acceptance, redemption and survival. The core story could be set in any culture because it deals with issues that are universal.

The Kite Runner looks at how the main character, Amir, deals with a secret in his past and how that secret shaped who he became. It tells of Amir's childhood friendship with Hassan, his relationship with his father and growing up in a privileged place in society. I was drawn in by Amir's voice. I sympathized with him, cheered for him and felt angry with him at different points. Similarly, I became attached to Hassan and his father. The characters became real to me, and it was difficult for me to put the book down and leave their world.

I highly recommend this book, especially for book clubs(see Kite Runner Book Club Discussion Questions). For those of you who are not in a reading group, read it and then loan it to a friend. You are going to want to talk about it when you finish.

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 5 out of 5
Book Review on The Kite Runner, Member rebeccadxn

The Kite Runner is Khaled Hosseini's first novel and was published in 2003. This book is about two Afghans boys named Amir a Sunni Muslim from a wealthy family and Hassan a Sh'ia Muslim from poor family.They grew up together in Afghanistan and were the best of friends, until the winter of 1975 when Amir is twelve. Khaled Hosseini (the author of The Kite Runner) was born in 1965 in Kabul, Afghanistan, the setting of the book. He wrote this book from first person point of view. He wrote about this to show the violent and tragedies in Afghanistan. Ronny Noor says ""this story is about sin and redemption"". I to believe this, many times in the story Hassan has been it has been blamed for what Amir did.

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