The Kite Runner (Alex Awards (Awards))

by Khaled Hosseini | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1573222453 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingmaryzeewing of Taneytown, Maryland USA on 8/11/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by wingmaryzeewing from Taneytown, Maryland USA on Friday, August 11, 2006
Picked this up at the Book Thing. Amazon's Recommendations has been very insistent that I read this book, and I've heard it's very good. I've even already passed on a couple of copies. So I've decided that this book will be placed on Mt. TBR until such time that I have a chance to read it.

From the cover -
Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable, beautifully told story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Raised in the same household and sharing the same wet nurse, Amir and Hassan nonetheless grow up in different worlds: Amir is the son of a prominent and wealthy man, while Hassan, the son of Amir's father's servant, is a Hazara, member of a shunned ethnic minority. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them. When the Soviets invade and Amir and his father flee the country for a new life in California, Amir thinks that he has escaped his past. And yet he cannot leave the memory of Hassan behind him.
The Kite Runner is a novel about friendship, betrayal, and the price of loyalty. It is about the bonds between fathers and sons, and the power of fathers over sons - their love, their sacrifices, and their lies. Written against a backdrop of history that has not been told in fiction before, The Kite Runner describes the rich culture and beauty of a land in the process of being destroyed. But with the devastation, Khaled Hosseini also gives us hope: through the novel's faith in the power of reading and storytelling, and in the possibilities he shows for redemption.

Journal Entry 2 by wingmaryzeewing at Taneytown, Maryland USA on Sunday, July 22, 2012
Oh my, this is a wonderful book. I feel like I've visited Afghanistan (although part of it takes place in Pakistan and the U.S.). This book takes you on highs and lows, just like the kite's path. An extremely memorable book which I now wish I'd read earlier. The only reason I can't rank it as a 10 (which I thought about giving it) is that for me, a 10 is a book I'd like to start over again as soon as I finish it. This book is too emotionally intense to start again immediately. This book is wonderfully written, and although certain portions are emotionally difficult to read, I still loved it. I don't want to give away too much of the story since it's a marvelous read, and you really should experience it for yourself.

Amir is a young boy (when the story begins), growing up in Afghanistan (in the old days, before the Russians and the Taliban), but his way of life changes as the country does. He and his father emigrate to the U.S. but when his father dies, he's afraid to be alone there. He happily marries, but then he and his wife are unsuccessful in becoming parents. Their lives change forever when he revisits Afghanistan.

Journal Entry 3 by wingmaryzeewing at Jakob's Place in Upperco, Maryland USA on Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Released 10 yrs ago (8/7/2012 UTC) at Jakob's Place in Upperco, Maryland USA


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