The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

Large Print - 2003
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Traces the unlikely friendship of a wealthy Afghan youth and a servant's son in a tale that spans the final days of Afghanistan's monarchy through the atrocities of the present day.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2003
Edition: A Novel Idea Selection, 2005, Center Point large print edition
ISBN: 9781585473632
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Characteristics: 400 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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taeyunericakang
Jan 04, 2021

The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini
With Amir’s growing relationship with his servant and best friend named Hassan, the two become almost inseparable. However, things take a fateful, yet unfortunate turn of events in the Afghanistan winter of 1975, with Amir feeling both guilt and shame for his actions. Since then, the relationship between the two boys have gone downhill, and the two even end up moving to separate countries. Amir ends up in America with his father, where he makes a successful living for himself and gets married. However, his father dies and Amir picks up a call that will change his life forever. The call was from Rahim Khan, his father’s business partner from Afghanistan. Amir ends up going back to Afghanistan to have a conversation with Rahim Khan, who reveals to Amir the long, untold secrets about his father, recounts Hassan’s death, and explains to him the mission of needing to save Hassan’s son, Sohrab, from the dangers of a warring Kabul. Amir rejects the offer at first, but ends up embarking on the journey to rescue Sohrab, which ends up changing his life forever. I thought the book was very interesting, and personally couldn’t put it down because of all the action that was taking place. The book really keeps you on your toes and makes you want to keep turning page after page. The analogies that the author uses throughout the book are also very intriguing. I would recommend this book to people in highschool due to some of the violence and action that takes place.

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sjpl_jtlee
Dec 23, 2020

A novel discussing human morality, The Kite Runner possesses a main character different from the traditional main characters. Unlike the majority of main characters, Amir of The Kite Runner is not very special, and is not even equipped with a proper moral compass. Amir is morally ambiguous, and this trait can be seen as early as his childhood, when he resorts to inaction while secretly watching his best friend get violated. Amir later regrets this choice, and determined to atone for his sins, he decides to rescue his childhood friend’s son from a corrupt member of the Taliban. Read the novel to find out how Amir rescues the boy, and how he decides to care for the boy. While reading this novel, I felt extreme frustration and hatred towards Amir, for being unable to make a simple moral choice. However, the development of Amir’s moral identity became more clear as the novel progressed, and I found my negative emotions slowly turning into respect and support. Reading this book was a positive experience for me, and it raised my awareness of the difficulties the morally ambiguous may face. I’d recommend this book to anyone mature enough to handle its serious aspects, such as strong violence.
Age rating: 13 and up, but depends on individual maturity

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joannjai
Dec 18, 2020

When I picked up this book for the first time, I had no idea what an emotional journey it would take me on! Set primarily in Afghanistan during the 1970s, Khaled Hosseini weaves an incredible story about a friendship between two boys- the son of a wealthy and powerful man, Amir, and his servant, Hassan. Amir and Hassan grew up together, as close as brothers, though Amir has always been aware of the difference in social class between them. People look down on Hassan for being a servant, but the gentle and mild-mannered Hassan is completely loyal to Amir and his family. Amir also deals with feeling neglected by the father he looks up to so much, seeking his Baba’s approval above all else, even at the cost of his friendship with Hassan. Years later, after Amir and his father have moved to America to escape warfare in Afghanistan, he has lost touch with Hassan and feels immense guilt over events that happened in the past. After receiving a phone call from an old friend calling him to return to his childhood home, Amir embarks on a journey to find closure and a shot at redemption.
My favorite aspect of this book was the execution of all the unexpected plot twists. There was a particular character reveal near the end of the novel that had my eyes glued to the pages! My favorite character would be Hassan- he was such a kind-hearted and genuinely good person, even surrounded by so much bleakness in the story. I did start out disliking Amir, he seemed so selfish at the beginning, but he definitely makes up for that later on. Above all, I love the theme of this book- that you can’t change the past, but anyone can find redemption.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a story about betrayal and a tragic friendship, and anyone interested in historical fiction!
Age Rating: 15+, contains instances of sexual assault and violence

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YourLocalReader
Dec 07, 2020

The Kite Runner entrances readers to follow Amir’s story of redemption over past events. Amir, now an adult, is haunted over his childhood in Afghanistan, where his poor treatment of his best friend had lingering effects. Amir debates on returning to Afghanistan to make amends with his past or to safely remain in America with a heavy burden.I have very mixed feelings about The Kite Runner. One of my favorite parts of the novel was simply the setting: Afghanistan. I love how this book contrasts every stereotype or media’s portrayal of Afghanistan to reveal an honest glimpse into the country. I learned so many cultural terms and traditions from this novel with the reasoning behind their importance. The novel can be classified as a historical fiction drama. The historical elements sparked my interest since I was unaware of prior political conflicts in Afghanistan. There is so much thought put into this book through complex symbolism and foreshadowing. I didn’t expect any of the plot twists; the execution was precise without any hesitation or confusion. Surprisingly, I loved Amir’s character. He is a clear example of a sympathetic character, not the most likable. He made mistakes that hindered his relationships with other people, but you can’t help relate to how common his flaws are.
The messages in this book are clear; I like the form of using flashbacks and letters as a form of writing in some parts of the book. However, some aspects bothered me. The ending for me was unsatisfying. It ended on an interpretation, which could be good or bad, depending on the reader. I wanted to see an epilogue or a clear path to where the future will lead this story. One of the character’s personalities was slightly unrealistic. It made him not as personable as a character to me. However, the flaws were slight compared to my enjoyment throughout reading this book. The theme of redemption is a concept that is worth exploring; the author explains his interpretation beautifully. This book is not a light read; it will be hard to read at some parts, but you will be sure to learn about what it means to correct your mistakes no matter how difficult it seems.
TW: Rape, graphic violence, mentions of sexual abuse, crude language at times
Age Recommendation: 15+, depends on maturity level

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S_ice
Jul 29, 2020

Summary:
Two boys named Hassan and Amir are more than just best friends. They are always together. However, there are many challenges since Hassan is Amir’s servant also. Since they were young, they have always been together: playing together by the pomegranate tree, flying kites together, but the fact that Hassan is a Hazara may change their relationship. What will their future be like? Will they always be together? Or will they choose different paths?

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Derik2me
Jul 10, 2020

2003 - 4.30

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usersjpl
Jul 07, 2020

A heart-wrenching tale about relationships and guilt, “The Kite Runner” is about two boys, Amir and Hassan, who live in the same household in Afghanistan but are separated by social classes. Their seemingly unbreakable bond breaks after a traumatising event, which affects Amir for the rest of his life, causing him to seek redemption. Something I appreciate in this book is how realistic it is. It does not sugarcoat a good life. It instead shows human response to difficult situations and how it affects them. This is a great book for readers who wish to learn more about Afghan culture. The author includes many details that illustrate life in Afghanistan, such as foods and traditions. People who are not comfortable reading about sexual abuse or violence should not read this book. However, I recommend this novel to those who wish to read themes about betrayal, redemption, friendship, and family. The vivid imagery and raw emotion will leave you emotional.
Star Rating: 3
Age Rating: 14+

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gippy011
Jul 06, 2020

The Kite Runner Review
The Kite Runner is a novel written by Khaled Hosseini with the story centering around a young man named Amir who’s apart of the Afghan upper class and his lower-class friend and servant Hassan as they navigate the life of a torn apart nation. This novel is an example of modern-day fiction done right. It’s really interesting to read and the characters and their relationship to each other is really compelling, Growth is an important aspect of the story as well as trying to do things better in the future. In the process, we get yet another look at the role of immigrants in America and what it’s like to live like them in American society. The lessons are very universal and at its root, it’s a family story with a core of family issues that everyone can relate to. In the backdrop is a changing setting from a torn Afghanistan. However, this novel might not be for younger people as there are some occurrences that may be too intense for young readers so I recommend readers to be in their mid-teens to fully understand.

5 out of 5 stars
Age Rating: 16-above

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ChrisyT
Apr 22, 2020

A masterfully written, coming of age book about love, betrayal, forgiveness and redemption. One of the best books I've ever read.

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lianaherman
Feb 10, 2020

I listened to the audiobook and it was fabulously done. That it was read by Khaled himself was led credibility to the story.

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Panda186
Dec 05, 2017

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KABuck
Aug 06, 2015

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Apr 15, 2015

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eparti
Apr 03, 2015

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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

Sexual Content: rape of a child

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vv19
Dec 09, 2015

Violence: Murder and violence

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vv19
Dec 09, 2015

Coarse Language: Some obscene words used

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eparti
Apr 03, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A rape scene involving one of the main characters. Could be disturbing to some sensitive readers. As well as scenes suggesting forced child prostitution.

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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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eparti
Apr 03, 2015

Coarse Language: Coarse language is peppered throughout the novel. Some sensitive readers may find it offensive.

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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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