The Kite Runner eBook by Khaled Hosseini
Click Here to Download the Book A novel set mostly in Afghanistan. The introverted and insecure afghan narrator, Amir, grows up in Afghanistan in the closing years of the monarchy and the first years of the short-lived republic. His best and most faithful friend, Hassan, is the son of a servant. Amir feels he betrays Hassan by not coming to his aid when Hassan is set on by bullies and furthermore forces Hassan and his father Ali to leave his father´s service. Amir´s relatively privileged life in Kabul comes to an end when the communist regime comes to power and his extrovert father, Baba emigrates with him to the U.S. There Amir meets his future afghan wife and marries her. Amir´s father dies in the U.S. and Amir receives a letter from his father´s most trusted business partner and, for a time, Amir´s surrogate father, which makes Amir return, alone, to a Taliban-dominated Afghanistan in search of the truth about himself and his family, and finally, a sort of redemption.
Reviews The Kite Runner is Khaled Hosseini’s debut novel, and it’s one of the most well received books ever written. The story could very well be compared to the musical "Blood Brothers", with two young friends growing up from two different walks of life. Hassan is Amir's servant but the two boys spend their time doing everything together, until one day something happens that changes their relationship forever. The book spans over about about 30 years and follows Amir growing up and persuing his dream of becoming a write, until one day an old family friend gets in touch with Amir about Hassan and asks for his help to find Hassan's son. I found this story to be such a beautiful read and touched on so many issues within Afghan society and upbringing. There is a real sense of conflict and contrast too between eastern and western society. As someone who isn't very knowledgable with eastern society I found this book to teach me so much about the way they are brought up. This story should be read by everyone because it really opens up your eyes and there are so many things that can be learnt from this book. Not only can people learn a thing or two from this book, but there is such a wide range of drama but also some beautiful heart warming moments too!
What was it the one woman in the flea market said? A sad story is a good story. I think Khaled Hosseini follows that ideology to a key. Combining that with the large amount of irony and beautiful symbolism involved in the telling of the story made me love it so much more. The story is epic really. A story from childhood in a rich situation in Afghanistan, to pretty much poor and barely scraping by in America, and then back to Afghanistan where it looks to be almost hell on earth. The journey is so immense and the main protagonist goes through so much. Throughout most of the book, I personally didn't like the choices he made, he was very weak willed, but the fact that he redeemed himself near the end is something to go by. His risking his life like that in Afghanistan, I'm not too sure many people would do that, and it made me love him so much the more for doing that. I suppose everyone gets what's coming towards them, but then it makes
you wonder why such terrible things can also happen to such wonderful, pure-hearted people. There is a point in the novel near the end when you find out a major character is killed, and I was in tears. Why should such terrible things happen to good people? It's really not fair at all. But sad stories make good stories. It's really true. I look very much forward to reading his other novel. If you liked this book and you're interested in another sad and good story, I strongly recommend The Thorn Birds. It's one of my favorite books. --I wanted to make a note because so many people seem to hate this novel. I suppose a few of them think I am an idiot American who knows absolutely nothing about what's really going on in Afghanistan and knows absolutely nothing about "real" literature. On the other hand, As a second generation son of a "third world nation" born parent, I can empathize with hardships. Meaning, it's very easy for me to relate to the atrocities that occur in the book simply because a similar amount of hellishness occurred within my own family. Also, I can tell that the author is telling a story from the heart, the quotations of Rumi confirm this in my heart. Anyway, some of the reviewers of this book may think I'm an idiot, but I want to point out that they're making judgments without knowing anything about me. To each his own I suppose, but in my mind, if one absentheartedly rejects other people so casually like that, then they're going to miss getting to know many other great, kind-hearted people.
I chose to read this book as my son was reading it for year 12. At first I could not work out why it was a year 12 novel, as when I did year 12, it seemed as though the books were a lot harder to understand the plot, it was all about imagery etc.. My son, however showed me how on the first chapter, which is very short, how much imagery and other techniques had been incorproated into the novel, making it a worthy candiadte. My son at some stage told me that the book was boring and that the class were bored with it. Shortly after he was distraught about the plight of Baba, and the book quickly had gone from boring to confronting and provoking and now he tells me he really likes the book, wants to read more, but is struggling to find the time (welcome to my world!). I found this book confronting in that I was reading some horrific and difficult situations, eg rape, adultery, viscious murder, racism, sexism, squalor, attitudes, cowardice, bigotry and more> This caused me furter angst and pondering, knowing that my son (who it seems that only a few years ago I was shedding tears when he started preschool) is reading this as well. After all this, I really enjoyed this book. As mentioned in one of the quotes on the back, it will make subsequent books seem a bit bland for a while. I am pondering about another quote on the back from the new York Times, which described the book full of 'warmth and humour'. Did I read the same book as them. I agree about the warmth, but what humour? I can not remember laughing at all throughout the book ... I rember tears, fear, frustration and anger ... but mirth is not one of the emotions that I remember.
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