The Kite Runner Online 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 A land without war was parralleled beautifully by Hosseini with the friendship of two boyhood friends in Afghanistan. Before the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, Amir and Hassan were best friends. There were definate differences written that allowed me to understand the cultural opposites of these two friends. But they seemed, like the country they lived, to be resolved to get along, even if it was the constant loyalty of Hassan that bridged these differences. Just as the boys friendship was about to be celebrated during the Running of the Kites, a tragic incident occured involving Hassan. This is the moment that Amir said "changed my life forever" and made him the man he is as he recounts his story. He made the choice to turn away, running home, to a broken friendship and soon a broken country. I felt Amir's guilt throughout the entire book, even at the poignant moment he is running the kite for Sohrab at the ending pages of the book. I did not see Amir as the true hero in this book. I felt he was there to show evidence that you can never undo a choice, only try to makes things better. His passive nature even when he became an adult, towards the choices he made, did not make him hero in my eyes. It was only when summoned by a friend, that he made the journey to make right. Hosseini wrote,"the past claws it's way out", this was how Amir eventually found some relief. I wonder if Amir had known what he was getting himself into when he went to Pakistan, if he would have made that choice to go. I am amazed that this is Khaled's first book. He weaves an amazing story, with details that I felt must have been experienced first-hand. This is what I loved about this book. It seemed as if he were writing this in the first person. From the detailed landscapes of Afghanistan to every character introduced, it was hard to believe that they don't exist outside the book. Despite the intensity of this book, I felt it is a must read. A book that describes so perfectly how choices affect not only ourselves, but the lives of everyone around us.
The Kite Runner is a novel written by Khaled Hosseini. Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. While in medical practice, he wrote his first novel, The Kite Runner, which has been an international bestseller, and published in 48 different countries. His second novel, called A Thousand Splendid Suns was also published in 25 different countries. The Kite Runner is about a wealthy Afghan boy, named Amir. Amir lives with his father and with his servant and his servant's son. His servant's son is loyal and loving to Amir, but when push comes to shove it turns out that Amir does not share that same loyalty back to his friend.
The servant's son, named Hassan really made the story interesting. It was incredible that he was able to forgive Amir, after all the betrayal. Amir witnessed Hasssan being raped and just let it happen. He just stood there and watched. For Hassan to forgive Amir after that is incredible. He even spoke highly of Amir to his own son, which made me feel so amazed that a person could do that. The history mixed into the book, made it all the more interesting. Explaining what Afghanistan was going through and all the the discrimination there, was really heartbreaking. Showing how Afghanistan changed before and after it got invaded was depressing. The added history just made the novel all the more interesting. The one weakness I found in the story was the disapperance of Hasssan. Once he moves out of Amir's house, you no longer hear of him until the very end of the novel. I would have liked to know what Hassan was doing in the forty years that he and Amir were separated. I would have liked to know how Hassan dealt with the pain of betrayal and being a rape victim. Or how he started his life over an moved on. Ignoring the one small weakness that this novel has, it was an exceptional read. Anyone who enjoys an adventurous novel, and doesn't mind feeling sad or reading a little bit of history, would enjoy this novel.
I ummed and ahhed about what to give this book - a 4 or a 5. I sooo wish goodreads was out of 10 because it would get a 9! This novel is beautifully written with a vast array of characters for you to either fall in love with and or hate with great passion. The greatest thing about this book is that the person who sits in that grey area is the narrator himself. Amir is surrounded by individuals of greatness; courage, loyalty, bravery, passion and morality, and yet he does not have any of these within himself. Instead he is left with feelings of unworth and jealousy, which lead him to do nothing in life but hurt the ones he loves, through either cowardice, a superiority complex or neglect. I loved this book and literally could not put it down, but it is one of the most soul wrenching tales I've ever read. It takes the reader and slaps them in the face with a harsh reality, which you are forced to pay attention to, whether you like it or not. And I can't say I liked it, but it definitely made me sit and pay attention.
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