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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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The Kite Runner
 
4.3

(based on 7 reviews)

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Pros

  • Well written (7)
  • Engaging characters (3)
  • Page turner (3)

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5.0

Should be included on the HSC syllabus

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • Well Written

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    Comments about The Kite Runner:

    This book should be in every home & gives us a wonderful understanding of daily living in war ravaged Afghanistan that you don't see in political commentary.

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    4.0

    Good read!

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        Comments about The Kite Runner:

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

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        4.0

        fantasic

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        from Canberra

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          Comments about The Kite Runner:

          Fantastic read

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          3.0

          Well written and a little sad

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          from Queensland, Australia

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          Pros

          • Well Written

          Cons

          • Not the Author's Best

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          Comments about The Kite Runner:

          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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          • Engaging Characters
          • Page Turner
          • Suspenseful
          • Well Written

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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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              Comments about The Kite Runner:

              Hard to put down, a beautiful story

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              5.0

              AMAZING Kite Runner

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              Pros

              • Deserves Multiple Readings
              • Engaging Characters
              • Page Turner
              • Suspenseful
              • Well Written

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gift
                • Older Readers
                • Travel Reading
                • Younger Readers

                Comments about The Kite Runner:

                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