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The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini | Literature & Fiction
Registered by wingtoshokaninwing of Dresden, Sachsen Germany on 5/25/2006
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by YunusCan): to be read


7 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wingtoshokaninwing from Dresden, Sachsen Germany on Thursday, May 25, 2006

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Amazon.co.uk
The Kite Runner of Khaled Hosseini's deeply moving fiction debut is an illiterate Afghan boy with an uncanny instinct for predicting exactly where a downed kite will land. Growing up in the city of Kabul in the early 1970s, Hassan was narrator Amir's closest friend even though the loyal 11-year-old with "a face like a Chinese doll" was the son of Amir's father's servant and a member of Afghanistan's despised Hazara minority. But in 1975, on the day of Kabul's annual kite-fighting tournament, something unspeakable happened between the two boys.
Narrated by Amir, a 40-year-old novelist living in California, The Kite Runner tells the gripping story of a boyhood friendship destroyed by jealousy, fear, and the kind of ruthless evil that transcends mere politics. Running parallel to this personal narrative of loss and redemption is the story of modern Afghanistan and of Amir's equally guilt-ridden relationship with the war-torn city of his birth. The first Afghan novel to be written in English, The Kite Runner begins in the final days of King Zahir Shah's 40-year reign and traces the country's fall from a secluded oasis to a tank-strewn battlefield controlled by the Russians and then the trigger-happy Taliban. When Amir returns to Kabul to rescue Hassan's orphaned child, the personal and the political get tangled together in a plot that is as suspenseful as it is taut with feeling.

The son of an Afghan diplomat whose family received political asylum in the United States in 1980, Hosseini combines the unflinching realism of a war correspondent with the satisfying emotional pull of master storytellers such as Rohinton Mistry. Like the kite that is its central image, the story line of this mesmerizing first novel occasionally dips and seems almost to dive to the ground. But Hosseini ultimately keeps everything airborne until his heartrending conclusion in an American picnic park. --Lisa Alward, Amazon.ca --
 


Journal Entry 2 by petziorso from Bayreuth, Bayern Germany on Friday, September 22, 2006

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Arrived here via Bookxerpting this week. Thanks a lot! 


Journal Entry 3 by petziorso from Bayreuth, Bayern Germany on Tuesday, May 01, 2007

9 out of 10

I finally finished this great book.
In the beginning I read very slowly, but after the fist quarter it got better and better and I couldn't stop reading anymore. 


Journal Entry 4 by petziorso from Bayreuth, Bayern Germany on Wednesday, October 17, 2007

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Dieses Buch wird als Gewinn bei der Herbstbuchlotterie an Calisson verschickt. 


Journal Entry 5 by wingcalissonwing from Neckargemünd, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Monday, October 22, 2007

3 out of 10

Wow, this is a novel I have shirked for quite a while. But a good book will always catch you up one day, at least if you are a bookcrosser.
To tell the truth I had no idea that it is about Afghanistan and now, skimming through the pages it seems that I visited Afghanistan just at the time of "the" kite running tournament, in 1975, weird.
I really look forward to reading this novel. Thanks a lot, petziorso!

I didn't read this copy but a German one. Although it turned out to be a real page-turner (I only put it down after 300 pages) I do not like it after all.
Too much pathos

reserviert für Schneefee 


Journal Entry 6 by wingcalissonwing at Controlled Release in Controlled Release, --by post or by hand (ie ring, ray, RABCK, trade) -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, March 13, 2008

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Released 10 yrs ago (3/13/2008 UTC) at Controlled Release in Controlled Release, --by post or by hand (ie ring, ray, RABCK, trade) -- Controlled Releases

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Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 7 by Schneefee from Hagen, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Wednesday, March 26, 2008

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thanks a lot, calisson, this book has been on my wishlist for quite a while!


Update by Schneefee from Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Thursday, December 18, 2008
The book is still unread on my shelf, I'm sorry. I started several times because it really intrigues me, but somehow I haven't been in the mood for serious books lately.
Now BerlinBookworm asked me for it, so now I'm finally kind of forced to read it :-)
 


Journal Entry 8 by Schneefee from Hagen, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Wednesday, January 14, 2009

9 out of 10

the end is a bit kitschy candy floss, but still satisfying.
All in all this was a good read, stupid me that I didn't start it earlier. Thanks, berlinbookworm, for pushing me :-) 


Journal Entry 9 by BerlinBookworm from Washington, District of Columbia USA on Tuesday, January 20, 2009

8 out of 10

Thanks, Schneefee, for this book, it was on my wishlist. I've heard so many good things about it!

November 2009:
Like some of the other readers before me, it took me quite a while to start reading this book although I was very intrigued.
I enjoyed reading it very much although it was so sad and depressing at times. While reading I was wondering whether the book was autobiographical. I looked it up and the author's answer is "yes and no" - some parts yes, some parts not. I will definitely recommend the book to other readers. I'd be interested in reading "A thousand splendid suns" but not right away (I'll definitely have to read something a little more cheerful inbetween). 


Journal Entry 10 by BerlinBookworm at Hauptbahnhof in München, Bayern Germany on Thursday, April 22, 2010

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Released 8 yrs ago (4/21/2010 UTC) at Hauptbahnhof in München, Bayern Germany

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Due to my unplanned (volcano) stop at Munich main train station, I was able to release the book there. I left it at a pay phone in the basement. Since my past experiences with wild releases were not great, I sincerely hope that someone deserving finds the book and makes a journal entry. 


Journal Entry 11 by wingAnonymousFinderwing at München, Bayern Germany on Thursday, May 27, 2010

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hallo
I found it..and dont worry its in good hands..and after reading it ll travel with me ..far far away..at least not europa.
greatings for Munich 


Journal Entry 12 by wingAnonymousFinderwing at München, Bayern Germany on Thursday, May 27, 2010

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hallo
I found it..and dont worry its in good hands..and after reading it ll travel with me ..far far away..at least not europa.
greatings for Munich 


Journal Entry 13 by YunusCan at München, Bayern Germany on Thursday, May 27, 2010

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its in save hands dont worry
will travel with me far away
greatings from Munich  


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