The Kite Runner
What I am about to tell you about what I became is going to be very shocking. It is going to manipulate your emotions. It may include some random words in my native language for no reason whatsoever. It will teach you unnecessary things about my culture. It will not be smarter than a fifth grader. And it will include as many cliches and as much foreshadowing as is humanly possible.
You are going t...more
"Children aren't coloring books. You don't get to fill them with your favorite colors."
"...attention shifted to him like sunflowers turning to the sun."
"But even when he wasn't around, he was."
"When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal a wife's right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone's right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness. There is no act more wretched than stealing."
Let's start off with the good, shall we? The writing itself was pretty good...more
my problems with the novel are as follows: first of all the writing itself is so ham-fistened, heavy-handed, distracting and otherwise puzzling that by the midway point, i seriously considered chucking the book against the wall. each...more
If you want to read a book on Afghanistan, I recommend Jason Elliot's An Unexpected Light.
Below is my complete review:
I started out loving this book. Hosseini is dead on target in his depiction of childr...more
Before I started this book, I distinctively remember running my hands over the cover, over the embossed letters that read, The Kite Runner, with not a thought spared but just a sense of hope and anticipation.
Now, after I've finished it, I'm once again running my hands over them.
Those letters that read, The Kite Runner.
Those letters that mean a lot more than what they seemed to a few days ago.
This is just a tiny fraction of "Oh"s that I felt during my journey through this b...more
Even those tidbits Hosseini gives are of such a vague degree that to be impressed by them, one would have to have alm...more
لا احد يستطيع ذرف دموعي كما يفعل خالد حسيني
هو وحده من يستطيع ان يقلق القارئ ويبكيه على بطل من ورق
وهذا ما فعله معي ولو كان للكتاب ملامح لارأيت شفتيه ترسمان ابتسامة كيرياء وهو يلمحني امد يدي واقرأ ماالذي حدث مع أمير
كلما قلت لن اكمل الرواية بسبب ماتسببه لي من ألم وحزن اجد نفسي بعد لحظات اعود لها
جميلة جدا هذه الرواية ومن اروع ما قرأت
من كثر ما اضاع خالد حسيني عقلي رحت فتحت التقرير وكتبته واكتشفت اخر شي اني حطيت التقرير تحت روايتي
الله يسامحك يا خالد حسيني...more
ملاحظاتى العامة عن الرواية كانت فى تفوق جزئها الأول كثيرا عن أجزاء خروج البطل من دياره , و التى تحولت الأحداث فيها أحيانا إلى أحداثا عادية مكملة فقط للحكاية , و أحداثا أخرى توقعتها و أشعرتنى كأننى أشاهد "فيلما هنديا" مبالغا بعض الشئ.
هى رواية عن الوعود و...more
I did NOT want to like this book. I am one of those annoying people who wants to dislike what everyone else likes, and wants to like what everyone else dislikes. Usually, this works out for me without effort; however, in the world of literature there are occasions that it does not. This was one of those occasions.
The book was brutally heartb...more
Cried when read Hassan's letters to Amir
Adored what Hassan and Baba did to Amir
Excited during my journey to Kabul
Confused when I want to make a review
Buku ini bikin aku nangis tengah malam, bikin aku bangun kesiangan, bikin mataku bengkak pagi-pagi, bikin gak konsen saat kerja...dan bikin aku bingung mau ngereview apa...dah menguras airmata, menguras emosi dan menguras konsentrasi...karena begitu membaca gak bisa naruh lagi bukunya....pikiran se...more
Kite Runner, I started over a long weekend and could not for the life of me put it down. I was so hooked I even found myself reading Bing’s copy when I was over at Deesh and Bing’s this weekend playing an invigorating (and might I add victorious) game of girls vs. boys Cranium and then Cheez Geek (Cheez...more
I read this book, and after closing my Kindle, my immediate thought was what a fabulous book. But why did I like it so much? I guess it was a number of things. It has all the ingredients of a great book: loyalty, weakness, betrayal, guilt, lies, sex, secrets, violence, an attempted suicide and finally love coupled with justice.
Firstly, it’s a social document covering the period 1975, followed...more
The Kite Runner is a kind of book that although has a happy ending but the disastrous events in the book will leave you shattered enough to shed tears endlessly.The book deals with lives of people of a usually neglected part of the world- Afghanistan.
The country that has suffered several powerful invasions in the last century was once peaceful. Long ago, people there smiled from the core of their heart.Long ago, they had kite tournaments. Long ago, they had no Tal...more
First, let's deal with the writer himself. Hosseini's father worked for Western companies while in Afghasnistan. While daddy (who I am guessing, from Hosseini's tragic ac...more
I hated the narrator's guts nearly immediately, and only partially got over that over the course of the novel. I'm fine with narrators I dislike--I LOVE Notes from the Underground, and that guy's the king of skeezes--but only if their voices...more
قد يكون من الظلم الحديث في كلمات موجزة عن هذه الرواية التي أخذت مني 10 أيام هي في الواقع كثيرة على هذه الرواية .. الشيقة
أخيرًا انتهيت منها برغم كل المشاغل وظللت محتفظًا بعالمها وبالحياة مع بطلها ومأساته
حكاية أمير وحسَّان ومأساتهما معًا، بتفاصيل محكمة تدعو للشجن، لعب الأطفال وولاء الصديق وخيانته، تقلبات الزمن على الأصدقاء، حتى يغادر "أمير" بلاده إلى "أمريكا"البلد التي ستصبح بلد أعدائه .. ثم عودته مرة أخرى لإنقاذ ابن أخيه
أعتقد أن الرواية مكتوبة بشكل جيد جدًا وترصد التفاصيل الإنسانية بعناي...more
^ MY BOOK! Mine! Gifted to me by Jij on...November 5th, 2012 =)
Okay, obsessive behavior aside, I still say, I love the book.
When I started it, I felt I shouldn't continue...the start wasn't so gripping at first, then it became interesting. Who ever said about the start being a pinnacle of "first impressions"? Not true, it was near the end that my heart felt a full on impact of this masterpiece!
Amir and Hassan, the Sultans of Kabul, how naive they were when the...more
so, it starts off strong. it almost feels like a biography, that's how real it felt to me. i actually looked on the back of the cover to see if it was based on a true story or something.
one thing i noticed off the bat was hosseini's style of writing. it was an extremely easy read. i wasn't sure if this was so it would be accessible to a wider audience or so we could concentrate more on the story rather than the prose or what. what's ironic is that the narrator and protagonist i...more
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 Afghan details are placed before the reader like props instead of...more
First, this novel would be great to use in a discussion on choice of point of view. It was written in 1st person, with a narrator that I found unsympathetic and flat, especially when compared to most of the other characters. My interest in Amir was minimal, verging on annoyance.
Add to this, a series of contrived, overly sentimental landmines that were clearly designed to hit thematic buttons, and enjoyment for me was lost. I don't cry on cue, and neon lights points towards Hallmark moments leav...more
like most people [i think] i was sympathetic to Amir's thoughts and reacti...more
I have never been to Afghanistan before (I imagine very few of us on Goodreads have) but this book paints such a vivid mental image of life in Kabul during the early 70s (before the Soviet deployment of their Army there) that I feel as if I have some kind of first hand experience. I am not saying it is an accurate picture of the real Kabul at the time, just that the image and...more
“It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime...”
Wow. I have no words to express how exactly i feel now. I feel devastated, happy and angsty. I just loved this book. It certainly was not what i expected, i excepted this to be a heavy love story. In the end, it wasn't. It's about consequences, guilt, redemption and....well, just about everything.
I felt like the writer tried to tell that karma...more
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In 1976, when Hosseini was 11 years old, Hosseini's father obtained a job in Paris, France, and moved the family there. They were u...more