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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
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Apr 13, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: literature-fiction
Recommended for: fans of good literature

Everyone's read this book. Thankfully, that's not because of mere hype. It's a great book, filled with heart and culture and the triumph of the human spirit. Ultimately, the Kite Runner is a story of redemption and one man's escape from a war-torn homeland and his eventual return to redeem himself from a childhood betrayal. The writer's skill shines through on a number of levels. the first is his ability to show us Afghanistan in his best days, filled with life and culture and happiness. He then shows us the country again, after the Taliban have made it a state of fear and violence. Both are portrayed perfectly. the second strength of the book comes from merging two stories. One a tale of young boys and the other of a man twenty years later looking for redemption. Normally this type of medling would leave the story feeling disjointed, but the amalgamation works here thanks to the author's deft sensibilities. With loads of heart and not too much sappiness, the Kite Runner is a novel worthy of its praise.

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