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ISBN13: 9781573222457
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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 destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption, and it is also about the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

The first Afghan novel to be written in English, The Kite Runner tells a sweeping story of family, love, and friendship against a backdrop of history that has not been told in fiction before, bringing to mind the large canvases of the Russian writers of the nineteenth century. But just as it is old-fashioned in its narration, it is contemporary in its subject—the devastating history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years. As emotionally gripping as it is tender, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful debut.

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Review:

"Brilliant...both as a political chronicle and a deeply personal tale about how childhood choices affect our adult lives." Publishers Weekly, starred review

Review:

"Rather than settle for a coming-of-age or travails-of-immigrants story, Hosseini has folded them both into this searing spectacle of hard-won personal salvation. All this, and a rich slice of Afghan culture too: irresistible." Kirkus Reviews

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"Hosseini's book is more than a typical coming-of-age story. Rather it is about personal salvation, betrayal, and redemption." Albuquerque Journal

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"[A] beautiful novel...ranks among the best-written and provocative stories of the year." The Denver Post

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"Hosseini clearly loves his country as much as he hates what has become of it." Pamela Constable, The Washington Post

Synopsis:

An unforgettable, page-turning survival story recounted by Hector, a man trapped&#8212;perhaps fatally&#8212;inside a tanker truck during an illegal border crossing, telling of his hopes for rescue, the joys and trials of his life, and what has brought us all to this moment

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From the best-selling author of The Tiger and The Golden Spruce, this debut novel is a gripping survival story of a young man trapped, perhaps fatally, during a border crossing.
 
Hector is trapped. The water truck, sealed to hide its human cargo, has broken down. The coyotes have taken all the passengers money for a mechanic and have not returned. Those left behind have no choice but to wait.

Hector finds a name in his friend Cesars phone. AnniMac. A name with an American number. He must reach her, both for rescue and to pass along the message Cesar has come so far to deliver. But are his messages going through?

Over four days, as water and food run low, Hector tells how he came to this desperate place. His story takes us from Oaxaca &#8212; its rich culture, its rapid change &#8212; to the dangers of the border. It exposes the tangled ties between Mexico and El Norte &#8212; land of promise and opportunity, homewrecker and unreliable friend. And it reminds us of the power of storytelling and the power of hope, as Hector fights to ensure his message makes it out of the truck and into the world.

Both an outstanding suspense novel and an arresting window into the relationship between two great cultures, The Jaguars Children shows how deeply interconnected all of us, always, are.

Synopsis:

The New York Times bestseller and international classic loved by millions of readers.

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.

A sweeping story of family, love, 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.

 

About the Author

Khaled Hosseini was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan, the son of a diplomat whose family received political asylum in the United States in 1980. He now lives in Northern California, and is a physician. The Kite Runner is his first novel.

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Cathy from Olympia, Washington, November 7, 2006 (view all comments by Cathy from Olympia, Washington)
Not an easy read, but a book that should definitely be read. Amir struggles from childhood to win his father's approval, and finds himself envying Hassan, his childhood companion and the son of the family servant. The title comes from the running of the kites, a favorite past-time in Iraq. The kites are fighting kites with glass-reinforced string to allow the kite fliers to cut down his competitors' kites, and the kite runners literally run after the cut-down kites and claim them as a prize. Amir is a talented kite flier/fighter, and Hassan is the best kite runner in the region...

What made the novel hardest for me to read is the violence-- a neighborhood bully who delights in using brass knuckles on his victims. Violence from the hated and feareded Russian soldiers, and the even worse violence perpetuated by the Taliban... Hard as parts of the book were for me, I still recommend reading the Kite Runner.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781573222457
Author:
Hosseini, Khaled
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
Author:
Vaillant, John
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Boys
Subject:
Afghanistan
Subject:
Social classes
Subject:
Betrayal
Subject:
Male friendship
Subject:
Kåabol
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
22:4, Winter 2002
Publication Date:
20030631
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 336 pages Riverhead Books - English 9781573222457 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Brilliant...both as a political chronicle and a deeply personal tale about how childhood choices affect our adult lives."
"Review" by , "Rather than settle for a coming-of-age or travails-of-immigrants story, Hosseini has folded them both into this searing spectacle of hard-won personal salvation. All this, and a rich slice of Afghan culture too: irresistible."
"Review" by , "Hosseini's book is more than a typical coming-of-age story. Rather it is about personal salvation, betrayal, and redemption."
"Review" by , "[A] beautiful novel...ranks among the best-written and provocative stories of the year."
"Review" by , "Hosseini clearly loves his country as much as he hates what has become of it."
"Synopsis" by , An unforgettable, page-turning survival story recounted by Hector, a man trapped&#8212;perhaps fatally&#8212;inside a tanker truck during an illegal border crossing, telling of his hopes for rescue, the joys and trials of his life, and what has brought us all to this moment
"Synopsis" by ,
From the best-selling author of The Tiger and The Golden Spruce, this debut novel is a gripping survival story of a young man trapped, perhaps fatally, during a border crossing.
 
Hector is trapped. The water truck, sealed to hide its human cargo, has broken down. The coyotes have taken all the passengers money for a mechanic and have not returned. Those left behind have no choice but to wait.

Hector finds a name in his friend Cesars phone. AnniMac. A name with an American number. He must reach her, both for rescue and to pass along the message Cesar has come so far to deliver. But are his messages going through?

Over four days, as water and food run low, Hector tells how he came to this desperate place. His story takes us from Oaxaca &#8212; its rich culture, its rapid change &#8212; to the dangers of the border. It exposes the tangled ties between Mexico and El Norte &#8212; land of promise and opportunity, homewrecker and unreliable friend. And it reminds us of the power of storytelling and the power of hope, as Hector fights to ensure his message makes it out of the truck and into the world.

Both an outstanding suspense novel and an arresting window into the relationship between two great cultures, The Jaguars Children shows how deeply interconnected all of us, always, are.

"Synopsis" by ,

The New York Times bestseller and international classic loved by millions of readers.

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.

A sweeping story of family, love, 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.

 

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