The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0747566534 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingengelsmanwing of Leiden, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on 11/7/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by wingengelsmanwing from Leiden, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win 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 thus 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 the one thing that his new world cannot grant him: redemption.
A very enjoyable book, particularly because it is told from a different cultural viewpoint when compared to most books available in the West. And because it is narrated from the first person singular and the author himself left Afghanistan to go to the States, it wasn't clear how much was fiction and how much was "autobiography".

My only criticism is that although I know that Afghanistan under the Taleban was no picnic, I had the uneasy feeling that some of the events in Afghanistan had been exaggerated, as if to play to the folks in middle America who have sons and loved ones currently fighting in Afghanistan [and Iraq]. But then, I've never been there, so how would I know?

Journal Entry 2 by wingengelsmanwing at OBCZ Hotel De Doelen in Leiden, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Saturday, November 10, 2007

Released 12 yrs ago (11/10/2007 UTC) at OBCZ Hotel De Doelen in Leiden, Zuid-Holland Netherlands

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on the bookshelves under the stairs

Journal Entry 3 by Hendrickje from Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Sunday, December 09, 2007
What a nice surprise to find a book from my Wish-list 'under the stairs' of Hotel De Doelen in Leiden. Thank you very much! I'm looking forward to reading The Kite Runner.

Journal Entry 4 by Hendrickje at VU Medische faculteit in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Thursday, June 05, 2008
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On second thoughts I did not read the book, as someone said it contained grief without end. In that case, I'll pass this very popular book on to someone who can't be bothered about that...

With thanks to engelsman for the opportunity!

Journal Entry 5 by Hendrickje at VU Medische faculteit in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Thursday, June 05, 2008

Released 11 yrs ago (6/6/2008 UTC) at VU Medische faculteit in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands

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On the ground floor

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Journal Entry 6 by Tsjara from Zaandam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Sunday, June 08, 2008
Found it about 2 days ago. Saw the release alert for this book at the VU medische faculteit, and I was walking around hoping to catch it.. and I did! I think I'll read it first and then release it again.

Edit 6 February 2010: Reserved for J4shaw (chosen from the Contemporary Asian Literature VBB).

Journal Entry 7 by Tsjara from Zaandam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Thursday, April 08, 2010
Well, this book has been lying on my shelf for a while now, I just never really felt in the mood for it I guess. But I did want to read it before I sent it off, and I finally finished it a couple of days ago. It was easier to read than I had expected and I quite enjoyed the first half of the book (well sort of..), though I did find Amir a bit annoying sometimes. But somewhere halfway through I started to lose interest, not sure why.. I continued to read and somewhere near the end it got better again, or more interesting at least.. and I liked the ending (not too sad or too happy :p). The only thing was that it didn't really grab me, there were some sad and gruesome bits in it, but I had expected something more since it is such a popular book..





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The thing about Amir and Hassan being half-brothers kind of bothered me, they were about the same age, so Amir's dad slept with Hassan's mother while his wife was still alive/pregnant? It just seemed out of character.. And shouldn't Amir and Hassan look a bit more alike then?

Journal Entry 8 by Tsjara at Heiloo, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Thursday, April 08, 2010

Released 10 yrs ago (4/8/2010 UTC) at Heiloo, Noord-Holland Netherlands

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This book was chosen by J4shaw from the Contemporary Asian Literature VBB, hosted by ApoloniaX.

And is now travelling to Australia :)

Happy reading!

Journal Entry 9 by wingJ4shawwing from Boise, Idaho USA on Wednesday, May 05, 2010
This book arrived with me today.
Many thanks for sending it Tsjara, and thank you for the postcard.

Journal Entry 10 by wingJ4shawwing at Kaleen, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Oh I loved this book, and it made me cry too, so that gives it 4 stars to begin with!

I'll admit there are some fundamental issues with the story, but I disagree with Tsjara about their ages as on page 6 it says that they are a year apart in age and Amir's mother died during his labor.

I felt that the heart tugging guilt of Amir pulls you through the book at a rapid pace (I read it in 2 sittings) and the twists and turns the story takes, never lingering too long on one particular part of the story in order to cram everything in, is very clever writing.

I really enjoyed this book, and will not hopefully wait too long to read Khaled Hosseini's 2nd novel " A Thousand Splendid Suns ".

Released 9 yrs ago (10/30/2010 UTC) at King O'Malley's Pub, Garema Place in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia

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Taking along to King O'Malley's pub for the October 2010 BC Canberra meet-up.
I have earmarked it for Melanie2474, but if she isn't there hopefully someone else will claim it.

Journal Entry 12 by wingoozy67wing at Monash, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Saturday, October 30, 2010
Picked up today at the Canberra meetup at King O'Malley's pub. I have seen the film version of this and enjoyed it.

Journal Entry 13 by wingoozy67wing at Monash, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Tuesday, January 04, 2011
This was released late November 2010 at the Canberra BookCrossing Xmas get together (I just forgot to journal it!)

Journal Entry 14 by Hotfrog at Queanbeyan, New South Wales Australia on Friday, March 22, 2013
Well I seem to have had this book since the 2010 Christmas get-together.
I'm taking it to release at Benedict House Queanbeyan today at our Canberra group meetup.

Journal Entry 15 by Hotfrog at Queanbeyan, New South Wales Australia on Friday, March 22, 2013
Well I seem to have had this book since the 2010 Christmas get-together.
I'm taking it to release at Benedict House Queanbeyan today at our Canberra group meetup.

Journal Entry 16 by Skyring at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Saturday, March 23, 2013
Mel didn't turn up - must be off being a goddess somewhere - so I snaffled this book to take it off adventuring somewhere.

Released 7 yrs ago (4/6/2013 UTC) at The Gallipoli Houses in Kocadere, -- Parks (National and State) -- Turkey

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It is dawn as I write. Dawn at Anzac!

For an Australian - or a New Zealander - there is a magic to those words. You have to understand the history and the legends.

But here in The Gallipoli Houses, there is no legend. Just fact. The Houses are clean and comfortable. The rooms are large and elegant.The food is excellent. And the host knows everything about Anzac. He wants to know what you want to see here, and then he tells you the best way to go about seeing it. He knows everything. and more.

Happiness is his aim, and I am happy here. I shall probably join the legion of loyal customers, returning again and again.

The clouds above are pinkening, the sheep and roosters are sounding their matins, the book is on the shelf.

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