The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

Paperback - 2007
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Scheduled for theatre release in November 2007, "The Kite Runner" has a stellar team behind it: Golden Globe-nominated director Marc Forster ("Stranger Than Fiction," "Finding Neverland," "Monster's Ball") and screenplay writer David Benioff ("Troy").

The Kite Runner is an unforgettable story of honour, courage and betrayal set in war-torn Afghanistan as two small boys test their friendship to its limits. Compelling, heartrending, and etched with details of a history never before told in fiction, The Kite Runner explores the ways in which we're damned by our moral failures, and of the extravagant cost of redemption.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Seal Books, 2007, c2003.
Edition: Seal Books movie tie-in edition
ISBN: 9781400025466
Characteristics: 480 pages ;,18 cm.

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Anita_Dickey
Jan 11, 2020

i read this book as part of the 300 books everyone should read once. i'm not going to say I liked it. I found it very sad. It made me want to cry in several places. It is not suitable for children although an older teenager could probably read it. It is a well written book and interesting. just very sad.

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elyse0513
Dec 29, 2019

Friendship

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Hyper_muteki
Dec 01, 2019

Great one

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6uan
Nov 12, 2019

Very shocked and moved by Hassan's loyalty...

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janetkabatoff
Nov 08, 2019

Afghanistan story of two young boys growing up.

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bensalk
Oct 02, 2019

This book is a world of emotions: visceral storms and hurricanes that the reader is helplessly subjected to. The imagery is so vivid and beautifully contrived that it makes me question the validity of this book being fiction, and then I am reminded that Khaled Hosseini has lived a life immersed in the Afghan culture. This alone allows the reader to feel as though they are truly a bystander in every scene of this book. Yet, even more impactful are the intimate relationships Hosseini develops between all of the prominent characters in this book. This is what allows the reader to feel the situation rather than merely on-look. Hitherto reading this book, once or twice had I actually experienced a noticeable emotional response to a book. This read will evoke an emotional response from nearly any engaged reader, but even that statement doesn't pay homage to the vehemence of this story. Powerful, purposeful and palpitation inspiring. Give it a read!

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good_stuff_4U
Sep 26, 2019

This book tells such a powerful story.

JCLJoyceM Sep 06, 2019

A tragic book but important to get an understanding of another part of the world that is still often in the headlines. Parts of the book are horrific and likely based on life experiences of the author.

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kmcdouall
Aug 15, 2019

Tragedy and melodrama--a bit overdone for my taste, but a powerful story with strong characters in extreme ethical dilemmas.

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Alsultan_0
Aug 02, 2019

Made me cry ...made me live the life of the two boys as if I’m one of them

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Panda186
Dec 05, 2017

Panda186 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

fatimax Mar 05, 2017

fatimax thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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JihadiConservative
Nov 09, 2015

JihadiConservative thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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KABuck
Aug 06, 2015

KABuck thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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MoonRiver5301
Apr 15, 2015

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eparti
Apr 03, 2015

eparti thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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Nymeria23
Jul 15, 2014

Nymeria23 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

SaveTheCat Jun 22, 2014

SaveTheCat thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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sumaiyah98
Mar 05, 2014

sumaiyah98 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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green_elk_25
Mar 04, 2014

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mperian1150
Nov 01, 2019

Other: sexual violence

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Panda186
Dec 05, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Multiple intense scenes frightening for younger children.

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Panda186
Dec 05, 2017

Sexual Content: Rape (not graphic) and other suggested instances of sexual content.

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Panda186
Dec 05, 2017

Violence: A few fight and murder scenes, some having to do with the Taliban.

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vv19
Dec 09, 2015

Coarse Language: Some obscene words used

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vv19
Dec 09, 2015

Violence: Murder and violence

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vv19
Dec 09, 2015

Sexual Content: rape of a child

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JihadiConservative
Nov 09, 2015

Sexual Content: Homosexual rape (not graphic)

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JihadiConservative
Nov 09, 2015

Violence: some brutality

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eparti
Apr 03, 2015

Violence: Rape scene(s), stoning and hanging scenes may be disturbing to sensitive readers.

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KeenaL
Jun 16, 2016

For you a thousand times over.

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KABuck
Aug 06, 2015

"But I hope you will heed this: A man who has no conscience, no goodness, does not suffer. I hope your suffering comes to an end with this journey to Afghanistan."
(Hosseini, 315)

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wendyvoid
Jul 01, 2015

"For you, a thousand times over."

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eparti
Apr 03, 2015

"... but it's wrong what they say about the past, I've learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out." -'Amir'

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bookbabbles
Sep 13, 2014

"For you a thousand times over!" he said. Then he smiled his Hassan smile and disappeared around the corner. The next time I saw him smile unabashedly like that was twenty-six years later, in a faded Polaroid photograph.

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MinhThiNguyen
Jul 22, 2014

“There is only one sin. and that is theft... when you tell a lie, you steal someones right to the truth.”
― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

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MinhThiNguyen
Jul 22, 2014

“People say that eyes are windows to the soul.”
― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

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Nymeria23
Jul 15, 2014

“She said, 'I'm so afraid.' And I said, 'why?,' and she said, 'Because I'm so profoundly happy, Dr. Rasul. Happiness like this is frightening.' I asked her why and she said, 'They only let you be this happy if they're preparing to take something from you."

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LexiLou2
Jan 31, 2014

Then I realized something: that thought had brought no sting with it. Closing Sohrab's door, I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded, not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night. [313]

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squinton
Jun 08, 2013

"It was only a smile, nothing more. It didn't make everything all right. It didn't make anything all right.

Only a smile. Any tiny thing. A leaf in the woods, shaking in the wake of a startled bird's flight.

But I'll take it. With open arms. Because when spring comes, it melts the snow one flake at a time, and maybe I just witnessed the first flake melting."

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MegK
May 11, 2010

When Amir and Hassan were young boys, Amir witnessed something horrible and did not step in to stop it. This causes him horrible guilt and ruins the friendship he had with Hassan. Years later, he has a chance to redeem himself, by returning to Afghanistan. But her realizes that this country is not the one he remembers from his childhood.

EPLPicks_Teen Mar 30, 2010

The story of friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul, Afghanistan and the act of cowardice that haunts one of them until he is able to atone for it, years later.

Lauren Jul 21, 2008

Two boys grow up together in Afghanistan. Amir is the son of a wealthy man, and Hassan is the son of their Hazara servant. Although the boys are initially inseparable, when Amir fails his unswervingly loyal friend, their friendship falls apart. This book follows Amir's life in the aftermath of this failure, during his quest "to be good again".

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Gracie
Oct 25, 2007

This is a book about a child growing up in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule.

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