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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Literary fiction

The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini

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Friendship, brotherhood, loss, and loyalty in 1970s Afghanistan. Be prepared for an emotional, heartbreaking read.

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Synopsis

Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir's choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.

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 destroyed. 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 lies.

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  • Boyds , MD

    This is one of my all time favorite books. The pacing, the characters, the reveals, everything about it is perfect in my mind. I’ve read it countless times and I’m so excited to have this edition.

  • Davison, MI

    Khaled Hosseini has never disappointed me. I think this book touches on so many social issues that are as crucial today as they were 30 years ago and will probably still be important 30 years from now

  • Omaha, NE

    A true masterpiece. I don’t why it took me so long to buy this book. I had a hard time putting it down. It’s interesting but sad that the issues touched on in this book are still relevant today.

  • Madison, WI

    "The Kite Runner" was the book that first rekindled my love of reading almost ten years ago, and I absolutely loved the chance to revisit Khaled Hosseini's stunning masterpiece with Book Of The Month.

  • Farmington Hills, MI

    Wow! So many lessons here: love, sacrifice, betrayal, friendship, redemption, family. Forgiveness can sometimes change the outcome. A lot going on in Afghanistan at this time. Amir got Hassan's son.

  • Norwalk, CA

    This book broke my heart into two. It was extremely emotional and hard to read at times thinking about how kids are affected by war and politics. Made me cry several times but definitely recommend.

  • Puyallup, WA

    It's been a long time since a book capture me so completely from its first chapters. The Kite Runner is charming and fun at first, then becomes very sad, yet it's powerful from beginning to end.

  • Tacoma, WA

    Be prepared to bawl your eyes out. Such an emotional, heart-wrenching, beautifully written story of growth, regret, and attempting to make things right. A truly, wretchedly human story.

  • New York, NY

    A tough book to read and a touching story. This book brought Anger, sadness and Joy. I will always read Khaled Hasseini books as they are always a true gift. I loved this story.

  • Afton, WY

    Loved the book. Will never read it again. I wanted to understand what it was like to live in Afghanistan at that time. Now I see it more clearly. Powerful message.

  • Dacula, GA

    This book is a modern classic and for good reason. The relationship between the two boys coupled with the grim atmosphere makes for a beautiful reading experience!

  • Orlando, FL

    This is one of my all time favorite books! I know i came late to the party to read this one, but i am so glad i finally did! Beautiful and heartbreaking book

  • Oxford, MS

    At first I couldn’t stand Amir, but the author wraps up the story so perfectly and truly captures everyone’s point of view. I cried in the airport

  • Goose Creek , SC

    “For you, a thousand times over” - WOW, im sobbing. I’m smiling. I’m in awe of this beautiful story. I have a new favorite book.

  • Livonia, MI

    This is a powerful book centered around a boy as he grows up. It's a rough and thoughtful piece that made me cry at parts.

  • St. Louis, MO

    It was a heartbreaking story. I would love to read a sequel of 10 years later to see what life was like then.

  • Maple Grove, MN

    Beautiful and hearbreaking story about life, love, and friendship. Very bittersweet, but excellent read.

  • Erie, PA

    Very sad and eye opening look into the struggles of afghanistan and humanity as a whole. Very good read

  • Charlotte, NC

    Yet another gut wrencher from Khaled Hosseini. Beautifully written. Cried 4 times throughout reading.

  • Omaha, NE

    An absolutely beautifully written book. It is engrossing, surprising, heartbreaking, and hopeful.

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