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The Kite Runner

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Author:  Khaled Hosseini

Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to gain the approval of his father and resolves to win the local kite-fighting tournament, to prove that he has the makings of a man. His loyal friend Hassan promises to help him - for he always helps Amir - but this is 1970s Afghanistan and Hassan is merely a low-caste servant who is jeered at in the street, although Amir feels jealous of his natural courage and the place he holds in his father's heart. But neither of the boys could foresee what would happen to Hassan on the afternoon of the tournament, which was to shatter their lives. After the Russians invade and the family is forced to flee to America, Amir realises that one day he must return, to find one thing that his new world cannot grant him: redemption. 

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Nov 07,2016
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I loved the Kite Runner for a variety of different reasons. It touches many strong and sensitive subjects, such as rape and discrimination. At first, the story focuses on Amir, the son of a rich man in Kabul, during 1963. The family servant's son, Hassan, is his best friend. However, Hassan is a Hazara, an ethnic race in Afghanistan that has always been discriminated and persecuted. At some point, Hassan gets raped while Amir watches, wirthout intervening.This ruins their relationship, and right after, Amir and his father escape to America. The story focuses on Amir's redemption.

It can be a little slow at times, maybe because it lingers too long on explanations, but I enjoyed it immensely. The story is heartbreaking, with a bittersweet ending. The plot hooks you in from the very first page to the last. If you want to cry, read this book.

Nov 27,2012

Amir will come back to Afghanistan one day to find what he wanted: redemption

Amir is living with his father in Kabul. He has a brother (sort of) Hassan and Hassan lives with his dad Ali in a tent near by Amir's house. Hassan doesn't go to school, he can't read or write either. Soon, Amir betrays Hassan and Amir moves to America with his dad.

You know about Hazaras. Will Hassan get killed????????? Or will both survive? Will Amir ever see Hassan ever again?

Oct 20,2011

The Kite Runner Review:

Two motherless boys, Amir and Hassan, who learn to crawl and walk side by side, are destined to destroy each other across the gulf of their tribal difference in a country of dried mulberries, sour oranges, rich pomegranates and honey.

Amir has a privileged upbringing throughout his entire childhood. His father (Baba) is rich of Afghan standards and both Amir and his Baba are part of the dominant Pashtun tribe. Hassan on the other hand is the loyal, forgiving and good-natured servant to Baba and Amir.  Being part of the oppressed group the Hazara tribe, Hassan’s self-worth is targeted and by the other kids as well as the rest of the Afghan community.

It is an epic tale that spans lives lived across two continents amid political upheavals, where dreams wilt before they bud and where a search for a child finally makes a coward into a man.

The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini is an inspiring novel for all those, young or old, who wish to seek redemption. The plot of the novel is one of the most moving books I have ever read. It takes you on a journey, experience the characters experiences, feel what the character feel, and ultimately learn what the character discovers.  Amir learns about the price of peace, both personal and political, and what we knowingly destroy in our hope of achieving that, be it friends, democracy or ourselves.

Amir's story is simultaneously devastating and inspiring. His world is a patchwork of the beautiful and horrific, and the book a sharp, unforgettable taste of the trauma and tumult experienced by Afghanis as their country buckled. Be sure it will leave you with a long lasting impression.


Anna T

Oct 04,2011
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"For you, a thousand times over."
 Amir and Hassan are inseparable from one another, despite the different circumstances they each face. Amir is the son of a wealthy business man, living in one of the most prestigious houses in Kabul, Afghanistan. His childhood is filled with wealth and luxury. Whilst Hassan and his father are servants for Amirs father. Society discriminate against Hassan's nationality being a Hazara, claiming them to be intruders of their country, which leads to them being treated as lower-class. Sadly both boys are without mothers and Amir's father holds his son, Amir, accountable for the absence of his late wife. In an attempt to please his father, Amir decides to enter the annual Kite-fighting competition. But on that day something drastic occurs, which will  jeopardize the boys lives forever. 

When the Russians invade in 1975, Amir's family flee to America. There he meets Soraya who later becomes his wife. It isn't until an old friend in Afghanistan contacts Amir, asking him to return back to his home country, that his past began to  materalize. But there is a purpose behind the visit. Will Amir's past return and haunt him? Is Hassan and Amir's friendship strong enough to remain after all those years, or has it perished along with their country? 



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