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The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

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Afghanistan, 1975 : Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the local kite-fighting tournament and his loyal friend Hassan promises to help him. But neither of the boys can foresee what will happen to Hassan that afternoon, an event that is 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 Afghanistan under Taliban rule to find the one thing that his new world cannot grant him: redemption.

About the Author

Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and moved to the United States in 1980. His first novel, The Kite Runner , was an international bestseller, published in thirty-four countries. In 2006 he was named a US goodwill envoy to the United Nations Refugee Agency. He lives in northern California.

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4.2

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4.0

Good read!

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      Was recommend this text by a number of people. I wasn't disappointed.

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      4.0

      fantasic

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        Fantastic read

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        3.0

        Well written and a little sad

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        I enjoyed the Kite Runner but it wasn't the author's best book for me even though it is probably the most famous.

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        5.0

        Emotional read

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          Comments about The Kite Runner:

          This was a confronting and emotional story but very enjoyable. Not for those looking for a light hearted uplifting diversion.

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          4.0

          Highly recommend

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          from Adelaide

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            Hard to put down, a beautiful story

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            5.0

            AMAZING Kite Runner

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              Book was absolutely amazing, could not put it down. So insightful, deep, thought-provoking and heart-wrenching!

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              'Hosseini's ability to reach the core of experiences of love and loss places him in the company of such fine chroniclers of the new America as Chang-rae Lee. The Kite Runner is a first novel of unusual generosity, honesty and compassion' Independent 'The shattering first novel by Khaled Hosseini... a rich and soul-searching narrative ... a sharp, unforgettable taste of the trauma and tumult experienced by Afghanis as their country buckled' Observer 'A devastating, masterful and painfully honest story ... it is a novel of great hidden intricacy and wisdom, like a timeless Eastern tale. It speaks the most harrowing truth about the power of evil' Daily Telegraph 'Unforgettable ... extraordinary. It is so powerful that for a long time after everything I read seemed bland' Isabel Allende

              Khaled Hosseini

              Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and moved to the United States in 1980. His first novel, "The Kite Runner", was an international bestseller, published in forty countries.

              Hosseini is a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Refugee Agency, and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.

              Visit Khaled Hosseini's Booktopia Author Page


              ISBN: 9781408824856
              ISBN-10: 140882485X
              Audience: General
              Format: Paperback
              Language: English
              Number Of Pages: 336
              Published: 5th September 2011
              Country of Publication: GB
              Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 2.4
              Weight (kg): 0.231
              Edition Number: 1