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The unforgettable heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being d. In 2012 when I was Mathematics teacher at a private high school in Iran I had an Afghan student in my class Sometimes I discussed with my students about literature and I told them of novels and poem I found it very strange that my students had no interest in literature and even sometimes looked with hostility to this discussion Days passed and much time was left to the end of school year One day I saw Ali Afghan student came to me and had a booklet in his hand and I saw in his eyes several times as if he wanted to say something but he was uiet I waited for a little and after a few moments I began to speak He smiled and with a special Afghan accent he said I have written a story sir and became uiet again I said it s excellent and I asked do you read books Yes sir he replied I asked what kind of books do you like Mark Twain and John Steinbeck and Jules Verne he answered I asked what you have written He replied I wrote a story about a 13 years old Afghan boy who immigrated to Iran I got his booklet and I read it in a week It was a dark story A week later we discussed again after class Ali invited me to go his house at night for reading books I was pleased and I greeted this plan When night arrived I took the kite runner and went to Ali s home When I entered the house I saw a house with mud walls that has no rooms except a small hull that there was a table in the middle of it and almost nine children were dining Of clothes of Ali s father it was obvious that he was a building worker and he welcomed me very sincerely I thanked him and I went to the storehouse in the corner of the yard that Ali had made it a place to be alone Ali took the book and with incredible passion began to read This process was repeated almost every night for a week and we have read half of the Kite Runner Among pages of the book Ali informed me about Afghanistan explained of how twenty people entered Iran with a small car illegally and secretly Of how his classmates ridiculed him because of his Afghan accent of how he was forced to work in a brick burner factory all days after the school of how his dad has forced him to marry at the age of 13 in the summer Then Ali proceeded to speak that he wants to be a writer and prizes the Nobel award I saw in his room that he had Ferdowsi Omar Khayyam Hafiz and Rumi s book poem When I looked at his face I saw an unusual man who was ahead of his time and situation Ali said because Afghans have been banned of the registration in public schools in Tehran he is forced to register in a private school and now he and his mother must work hard to pay school chargesThe next week I went to class but I didn t see Ali When I asked the guys about him they replied that because his father hadn t citizenship card and passport he was arrested and all of them have deported to Afghanistan I was agitated that I couldn t continue reading Kite Runner never Even I felt so depressed and sad when I saw the book in bookstores Until this spring after three years I got a message in WhatsApp messenger from Ali that congratulated teachers day to me He was written that he married to a girl who was in love with her and they have a two months old girl baby He was written he is working at a bookstore in Kabul and he has read almost thousand books in three years He was written they have the 4G Internet in Kabul and I replied him it s supposed to we have 4G in Tehran as well soon When I received the message I could reread the Kite Runner It was a great book especially for me recall nostalgia of tired immigrants and unfavorable circumstances 1391

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And friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved one of a kind classic khaledhosseinic. When you kill a man you steal a life You steal his wife s right to a husband rob his children of a father When you tell a lie you steal someone s right to the truth When you cheat you steal the right to fairness There is no act wretched than stealing I m going to be honest with you To read this book was a constant struggle not because I didn t like the writing style not because it was bad and not because it was boring No if anything The Kite Runner was so hard to read because it was so exceptionally painful This book made me so sad I felt helpless and angry and there were times I actually was than just tempted to stop reading Some of the chapters were just too hard to bear and the book touched me in a way I can t even describe It did something with me and I m still not sure whether this was good or badAll I know is that the injustice in this book made me furious and that I just have to think about it and already feel sick to my stomach again There were so many serious topics in this book but I think what really got to me was the central theme of violence injustice and abuse To read The Kite Runner was so devastating and nerve racking I actually couldn t read than two chapters a day It was so upsetting that I found it difficult to motivate myself to read it and even though this was such a painful read I still wanted to know what would happen nextAmir s and Hassan s story was so horrible appalling powerful and beautiful at the same time It left me completely broken and raw and I think my emotions are still all over the place So if my review sounds a little incoherent and illogical you can blame it on the book hangover I m currently suffering from XD But we were kids who had learned to crawl together and no history ethnicity society or religion was going to change that eitherThe plotAmir and Hassan are best friends who grew up together and live in Kabul They do almost everything together and one of their favourite hobbies is kite running One day there is a local kite fighting tournament Amir is determined to win and with the help of Hassan he is even able to achieve his goal The victory of the tournament comes with a high price though and in the end their moment of happiness isn t only short lived but also comes to an abrupt end What happens after the competition destroys their lifelong friendship and shakes the foundations of their trust the course of their lives changing as they try to deal with the repercussions of a single day It may be unfair but what happens in a few days sometimes even a single day can change the course of a whole lifetime Amir he saidThe characters Beware there are plenty of spoilers lying ahead of you Amir I pretended I was reading from the book flipping pages regularly but I had abandoned the text altogether taken over the story and made up my own Hassan of course was oblivious to this To him the words on the page were a scramble of codes indecipherable mysterious Words were secret doorways and I held all the keys Puh what to say about him I think I never disliked a protagonist as much as I disliked the narrator of this story I just couldn t stand his younger self and I thought he wasn t just egoistic but also spoiled and than just unethical The way Amir treated Hassan made me sick and his betrayal towards his best friend hurt so much I mean how could he let this happen How could he stand aside without intervening How could he even think that Hassan is just a Hazara I don t understand it and if I m entirely honest I really think that it was good he felt bad throughout the entire book His past haunted him and in the end it actually made him a better person A person that stood up to bad people and a person I was finally able to forgive It was a long journey for Amir but he eventually did the right thing and when I read the finial sentences of this book I was even proud of him XD It s all right I turned to the general You see General Sahib my father slept with his servant s wife She bore him a son named Hassan Hassan is dead now That boy sleeping on the couch is Hassan s son He s my nephew That s what you tell people when they ask They were all staring at me And one thing General Sahib I said You will never again refer to him as a Hazara boy in my presence He has a name and it s Sohrab I waited 331 pages for that to happen XDHassan Then Hassan did pick up a pomegranate He walked toward me He opened it and crushed it against his own forehead There he croaked red dipping down his face like blood Are you satisfied Do you feel better He turned around and started down the hill God bless his kind and innocent soul This boy was an angel and I don t even know how he was able to forgive Amir As it seems he managed to do it though and my deep respect and love for his character will never cease I loved Hassan with all my heart and I think his only flaw was that he was just too good to live in this sick and violent world He would have deserved so much than life gave him and when I found out about Sohrab s ordeal I was than just heartbroken I was devastated I know Hassan must have turned over in his grave and I felt so so so damn sorry for what happened to both of them Baba The problem of course was that Baba saw the world in black and white You can t love a person who lives that way without fearing him too Maybe even hating him a littleBaba definitely was a very flawed character but I still couldn t help but had to love him for it There was so much good in him yet he also had his bad sides For a person that was described as seeing the world in black and white he actually was all different kinds of grey and in some way that made him extremely likeable and disagreeable at the same time lol I think he was a very contradictory person and after finding out about his secret I was finally able to understand why Still I loved that despite everything he tried to be a righteous man and when it comes down to it he certainly had his heart in the right place Ask him where his shame is They spoke He says this is war There is no shame in war Tell him he s wrong War doesn t negate decency It demands it even than in times of peace And now fifteen years after I d buried him I was learning that Baba had been a thief And a thief of the worst kind because the things he d stolen had been sacred from me the right to know I had a brother from Hassan his identity and from Ali his honor His nang His namoos Sohrab This boy BROKE my heart and I don t even know how I m supposed to pick up the pieces He was just ten Damn it I don t understand how people can hurt children and I can t even argharghsdfjklmno I hate what Assef did to him and I m so glad Sohrab got away from his clutches Chapter 22 was so horrible to read It made me sick to my stomach and I swear I was tempted to throw the book against a wall Urgh just to think about his hands on Sohrab My heart aches so much for that little boy He deserved a better childhood than that Damn no He actually deserved a childhood to begin with I miss Father and Mother too he croaked And I miss Sasa and Rahim Khan sahib But sometimes I m glad they re not they re not here any Why I touched his arm He drew back Because he said gasping and hitching between sobs because I don t want them to see me I m so dirty He sucked in his breath and let it out in a long wheezy cry I m so dirty and full of sin And OMG that beautiful ending That hopeful amazing and beautiful ending It killed me it was the death of me it was the final nail in my coffin That sweet and gentle and shy boy XD I already get emotional just thinking about it blinking away tears The bottom lineI hated the book I loved the book I hated the injustice the pain Ali Hassan and Sohrab had to go through I hated the way the Taliban treated everyone they considered to be wrong and different I hated to read about the destruction of Amir s hometown I hated the violence I hated the war I hated to read about the many orphans the hungry children on the street I hated the way Amir acted when he was younger She had a large purple bruise on her leg for days but what could I do except stand and watch my wife get beaten If I fought that dog would have surely put a bullet in me and gladly Then what would have happened to my Sohrab But I loved the details about Afghan culture I admired the bravery of Hassan and Baba my heart sang whenever they tried to be righteous and good In a world that had gone to hell they still tried to be decent they still tried everything possible to stand up for their people to do the right thing They still had values and they didn t just believe in them they also acted according to them So yes for me The Kite Runner was a very powerful book It pushed my boundaries and forced me to fight through it It made me think about unpleasant things it forced me to see the bad and ugly things our world is made of but it also showed me the good in people and their kindness If you can live with a broken heart and are able to deal with the pain this book his highly recommended If you re one of the faint hearted you better give it a wide berth As for me I definitely will never re read this book ever again I m kind of proud that I accomplished to read it though XD For you a thousand times over

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Estroyed It is about the power of reading the price of betrayal and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons their love their sacrifices their liesA sweeping story of family love. Finished this book about a month ago but it s taken me this long to write a review about it because I have such mixed feelings about it It was a deeply affecting novel but mostly not in a good way I really wanted to like it but the I think about what I didn t like about the book the it bothers me I even downgraded this review from two stars to one from the time I started writing it to the time I finishedLet s start off with the good shall we The writing itself was pretty good when it comes to description in that I really felt the author s descriptions of scenes and in terms of moving the story forward That said it s not particularly challenging writing to readThe very best part of the novel is its warm depiction of the mixed culture of Afghanistan and how it conveys the picture of a real Afghanistan as a living place before the coup the Soviet invasion and above all the Taliban and the aftermath of September 11th created a fossilized image in the US of a failed state petrified in backwardness and locked in the role of a villain from central casting Now for the not so good Spoiler Alert because I don t think I m going to be able to complain about what I didn t like about the book without revealing major plot points Not to mention some of what follows will only make sense to someone who has read the book So if you don t want to spoil it for yourself read no further here be spoilersMy overwhelming emotion throughout the book is feeling entirely manipulated Of course one major reason for this is that the author s attempts at metaphor allegory and forshadowing are utterly ham fisted When he wants to make a point he hits you over the head with it hard Amir s split lip Hassan s cleft palate comes immediately resoundingly to mindBut I feel manipulated beyond that The members of the servant class in this story suffer tragic unspeakable calamities sometimes at the hands of our fine hero and yet the novel seems to expect the reader to reserve her sympathies for the wronged privileged child beating his breast over the emotional pain of living with the wounds he has selfishly inflicted upon others How why am I supposed to feel worse for him as he feels bad about what he has done to others Rather than feeling most sympathy and kinship for those who through absolutely no fault of their own must suffer not just once or twice but again and again Of course this elevation of identification with the woundedflawed hero goes hand in hand with an absolutely detestable portrayal of the members of the servant class as being at their utmost happiest when they are being their most servile and utterly subjugating their own needs wants desires pleasures their own selves in fact to the needs of their masters Even when they are protecting their masters from their own arrogance heartlessness or downright stupidityI don t see how the main character Amir could possibly be likeable Amir s battle with Assef momentous as it is is not so much him taking a stand because he feels driven to do so or feels that he must Rather he acts with very little self agency at all he is or less merely carried forward into events And over in the end it is Sohrab Hassan again who saves him I finished the novel resenting Amir and even intensely resenting the author for trying to make the reader think she s supposed to care about Amir than about anyone else in the storyA couple other points I m wondering if one theme of the novel is that there are no definitive happy endings no single immutable moments of epiphany or redemption Because Amir s moral triumph such as it is over Assef is so short lived He manages to crash horrifically only a week or two later when he goes back on his word to Sohrab about his promise not to send him to an orphanageAnd lastly I don t understand why Baba s hypocrisy is not of a theme He makes such a point of drilling into his son s head that a lie is a theft of one s right to the truth His own hipocrisy there is a profound thing and it s a shame the author doesn t do with it Nevertheless after all the bad things I had to say about it I do have a couple uotes worth keepingEvery woman needed a husband Even if he did silence the song in her p178 That s the real Afghanistan Agha sahib That s the Afghanistan I know You You ve always been a tourist here you just didn t know it p 232 UPDATE I originally posted my review The Kite Runner in February 2008 Since then my review has generated a very robust response from other Goodreads members I have responded a couple of times in the comments section but I realize that by now the comments section has gotten long enough that some folks may not realize that I have added some clarifications to my review So although the extended reply that I posted in the comments section in October 2008 is still available in the comments section I am re posting it here so people don t miss itI also want to offer my continued thanks to those who have read liked andor comment on my review of The Kite Runner This kind of back and forth conversation on books is exactly why I signed on to Goodreads I appreciate the feedback and look forward to engaging in such discussion Finally one uick reply One recent commenter asked how I could have given this book only a 1 star rating if I was so affected by it As I replied in the comments the short answer is that I am guided by Goodread s prompts when I rate a book Two stars is It was OK 1 star is I didn t like it While I have praised a few things about the book the bottom line is overall I didn t like it Linda 22 July 2011 Posted 24 October 2008There have been many comments to my review since I first wrote it and I thought it might be about time for me to weigh in for a momentBefore I get into my response I must start off with a great thank you for all those who have felt sufficiently moved positively or negatively by my review to comment and respond I appreciate all the comments whether I agree with them or notFirst of all I d like to address the uestion of whether we re supposed to like Amir or not Yes I do realize that sometimes writers create andor focus on a character that the reader is not meant to like Here though the story is clearly meant to be about some kind of redemption but I found Amir so distasteful that I simply wasn t interested in his redemption The focus of the story was entirely on how Amir s life had been corrupted by the despicable things he d done when the things he d done were entirely part and parcel of the position of power and privilege he occupied over HassanWhich brings me to my second point the insufferable current of paternalism that runs throughout the story The members of the servant and poorer classes are consistently portrayed as saintly absurdly self sacrificing one dimensional characters Regardless of what terrible things befall them they are shown to have nothing but their masters interests at heart Granted it may be unlikely that the powerless would be overtly talking back and setting their masters straight however the novel gives no indication that they even have any private wishes of recrimination or much of a private life for that matter Given this portrayal it is even difficult for me to muster any interest in Amir s suffering But to suggest that perhaps we re misinterpreting the servants subservient attitudes because we approach the story from a different time place or culture is simply to engage in a cultural relativism borne out of and perpetuating the very same paternalismTo clarify my point let s look at some comparable examples from US culture Consider any one of a huge number of films such as Driving Miss Daisy Clara s Heart Bagger Vance or Ghost all simply continuing a tradition that reaches back to Shirley Temple s days in which noble servants or similar helpers have absolutely no concern in their lives other than making sure the wealthy people they are serving have happy fulfilled lives while they themselves never seem to have any of their own personal hopes desires triumphs tragedies or even any hint of a home family personal or romantic life at all Their total happiness is bound up entirely with serving the lives of their rich counterparts It is this uality present throughout Hosseini s book that bothers me mostIn the end however a beautifully written story could have overcome these criticisms or at the very least I would have been able to temper or counter my points above with lavish praise for the writing However here again the novel falls flat It is not particularly well written As some other commenters have also pointed out the storytelling is uite heavy handed and the narrative suffers from implausible plot twists and uncanny coincidences and a writing style that relies far too heavily on cliches and obvious literary devicesI wish that I could say I liked the book To answer another commenter s uestion I haven t read A Thousand Splendid Suns I m afraid I wasn t particularly motivated to do so after my reaction to this one However I do believe as that commenter also suggests that there is something to be gained from the debate and discussion that the book has inspired

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  1. says:

    In 2012 when I was Mathematics teacher at a private high school in Iran I had an Afghan student in my class Sometimes I discussed with my students about literature and I told them of novels and poem I found it very strange that my students had no interest in literature and even sometimes looked with hostility to this discu

  2. says:

    This is the sort of book White America reads to feel worldly Just like the spate of Native American pop fiction in the late eighties this is overwhelmingly colonized literature in that it pretends to reveal some aspect of the 'other' culture bu

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    For you a thousand times overChildren aren't coloring books You don't get to fill them with your favorite colorsattention shifted to him like sunflowers turning to the sunBut even when he wasn't around he wasWhen you kill a man you steal a life You steal a wife's right to a husband rob his children of a father W

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    Due to the large number of negative comments I've received including death wishes I've added the following reuestPlease do not take this review or yourself too seriously when reading it I became what I am today at the age of twenty nine on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 2008 What I am about to tell you about what I became is going

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    Finished this book about a month ago but it's taken me this long to write a review about it because I have such mixed feelings about it It was a deeply affecting novel but mostly not in a good way I really wanted to like it but the I think about what I didn't like about the book the it bothers me I even downgraded this review from two stars to one from the time I started writing it to the time I finishedLet's start off with the good shal

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    The Kite Runner 2003 Khaled HosseiniThe Kite Runner is the first novel by Afghan American author Khaled Hosseini Published in 2003 by Riverhead Books It tells the story of Amir a young boy from the Wazir Akbar Kh

  7. says:

    This is a wonderful moving novel set in the Afghanistan of the early 70’s and of today about a young boy and his friend

  8. says:

    45 starsOh my heart This was heartbreaking and beautifully written

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    ”When you kill a man you steal a life You steal his wife’s right to a husband rob his children of a father When you tell a lie you steal someone’s right to the truth When you cheat you steal the right to fairness There is no act wretched than stealing”I’m going to be honest with you To read this book was a constant struggle not because I didn’t like the writing style not because it was bad and not because it was boring No if

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    Two little friends an unspeakable secret and a uest for redemptionAmir and Hassan are two little boys living in the peaceful Afghanistan of 1975 before the russian invasion and the subseuent civil wars Amir is the spoiled son of a wealthy and prominent merchant Hassan is the cleft lipped son of an inferior caste and a servant in the house they both live in During their childhood they become fervent competitors in kite