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Book Review: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

| February 4, 2013 | 4 Comments


I recently read The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.  This novel came out in 2003 and quickly became a best seller and was made into a movie in 2007.  It’s the story of Amir, an Afghan boy, who grows up privileged, and his best friend Hassan, who does not.  It follows Amir from boyhood through adulthood, from a stable Afghanistan to a very troubled one.

It didn’t take me long to finish this book because it was so good.  The story was interesting and things kept happening that made me want to read one more chapter before bed.  Weeks after finishing the book I still think of Amir and the things that happened to him.

What I keep thinking about is how family is portrayed in the book.  Amir’s family isn’t a typical one: he lives with his dad, his dad’s servant and son, Hassan.  Amir and Hassan grew up without mothers and grew up together, but had very different lives.  The four of them, their family, was an interesting mix of friendship and dependence and loyalty and disdain.

I lot of emotions while reading this book.  The relationship between Amir and his father made me sad.  The one between Amir and Hassan made me happy at times and cringe in parts.  The relationship between Amir and his wife made me smile.

The book had sweet parts, awkward and uncomfortable parts, and violent parts.  It’s a great story and that’s what makes it a great book.  Khaled Hosseini has another book, A Thousand Splendid Suns, that is on my to-read list.  If it’s anything like The Kite Runner I’m sure to like it.

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Kamerine has been blogging for 10 years, the past four and a half as a mom. She has a 4.5 year old son and a 3 year old daughter who was born at home with only her husband there to help. Completely transformed by that experience Kamerine is now working as a birth doula. She will be writing about her experiences parenting two young children, books her and her children love, and things to do in the city. Author's website.

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  1. Melanie says:

    I loved this book, and I think I loved A Thousand Splendid Suns even more. So interesting and emotional. Great read!

  2. Good to know, Mel! I’m starting it tonight.

  3. Carol L says:

    I know how much everyone talked about this book. I don’t know why I haven’t red it yet but after your review I’m definite;y going to pick it up at the library to finally read.Thanks for your review.
    Carol L

  4. kathy downey says:

    Thanks,going pick this one up next trip to town

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