The Kite Runner

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The Kite Runnerby Khaled Hosseini Bloomsbury Pound 12.99, pp324

In this, apparently the first Afghan novel to be written in English, two motherless boys who learn to crawl and walk side by side, are destined to destroy each other across the gulf of their tribal difference in a country of dried mulberries, sour oranges, rich pomegranates and honey.

It's a Shakespearean beginning to an epic tale that spans lives lived across two continents amid political upheavals, where dreams wilt before they bud and where a search for a child finally makes a coward into a man. The Kite Runner is the shattering first novel by Khaled Hosseini, an ...

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Communist rule, Soviet occupation, the Mujahideen and a democracy that became a rule of terror. It is a history that can intimidate and exhaust an outsider's attempts to understand, but Hosseini extrudes it simply and quietly into an intimate account of love, honour, guilt, fear and redemption that needs no dry history book or atlas to grip and absorb.

Amir is a privileged member of the dominant Pashtun tribe growing up in affluent Kabul in the Seventies. Hassan is his devoted servant and a member of the oppressed Hazara tribe whose first word was the name of his boy-master. The book focuses on the friendship between the two children and the cruel and shameful sacrifice the rich boy makes of his humble, adoring alter ego to buy the love of his own distant father. 'I ran because I was a coward,' Amir realises, as he bolts from the scene that severs his friendship with Hassan, shatters his childhood and haunts him for the rest of his life. 'I actually aspired to cowardice.'

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Afghanistan. Ronny Noor says ""this story is about sin and redemption"". I to believe this, many times in the story Hassan has been it has been blamed for what Amir did.

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The kite is the only thing that soars in The Kite Runner, a good book with some tired plot devices. Entertaining? Sure. The story keeps up a good pace. However, it's a story I feel I've already read, seen and heard a thousand times and many of those times it was done better. Scenes that are supposed to be movingly emotional seem straight out of the introductory class Dramatic Storytelling 101. The trying-to-hard-to-paint-a-picture ...

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