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message 1: by Shane (new)

Shane Miller Thanks for realizing the beauty in this book and sharing it with all of us! Plus this helped me on a project, although I wish you had page numbers!


message 2: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine you really highlighted the words that jumped into my heart while reading this book !!


message 3: by Jcorbman (new)

Jcorbman You're right. It is incredibly maudlin and hackneyed.


message 4: by Minhazul (new)

Minhazul Hoque These quotes are like the most important from the book. If I could I would be able to do an essay on each one. Khaled Hossein is a true artist. He is able to take a few words and make beautiful poetry out of it. Even for some of my personal friendships I think about these quotes to see what kind of person I am.


message 5: by Aqsa (new)

Aqsa khaled hossein really proved himself to be a good writter and these quotes are the very essence of the novel.


message 6: by nate (new)

nate some of the worst quotes ever, this would have worked much better as a negative review..


message 7: by Kubra (new)

Kubra Wow love the quotes. I've read his other book, "a thousand splendid suns" it's amazing I advise all to read!!


message 8: by Kinga (new)

Kinga ""Children aren't coloring books. You don't get to fill them with your favorite colors." Geez. What is that even supposed to mean? Pseud-lyrcial cheesiness


message 9: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Good job with the quotes. I had forgotten these. Nice. Important thoughts.


message 10: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Love the quotes. I was just sitting at work the other day thinking of this book. I must've read it about a year ago, but it still creeps up in my thoughts.


message 11: by Kinga (new)

Kinga I am not cynical. I love beautiful writing. This just wasn't. It was actually a textbook example of bad writing.


message 12: by Richard (new)

Richard I was humming and hawing about putting this on my to-read list. Thanks to this review, I know now I definitely won't.


message 13: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Murray If I was to write a review of a book that I gave as many stars to as you did I would want to be able to quote the whole book not just sentences here and there.

I have read the Kite Runner and I would never recommend it to anyone unless I really didn't like them!

In between the 'beautiful' quotes you have picked out there is nothing but terrible cliches, foreshadowing that is so obvious that it feels as though you're being hit around the head with it, and writing that is so heavy-handed and clumsy that it feels as though a child has written it.


message 14: by Virgie (new)

Virgie I agree with you Britta; this book was wonderful & you have included some great quotes from it


message 15: by Fatma (new)

Fatma Al Balushi Britta, I agree with Virgie and urself. I still havent finished the book but we have to admit it is capturing and the quotes u chose r beautiful. =)


message 16: by Ross (new)

Ross Are these quotes you like? Some are crap.
The author needs practice.


message 17: by Leah (new)

Leah Thanks for this list of incredibly trite, hackneyed quotes. Definitely won't waste my time with this pap. Cheers!


message 18: by Angeli (new)

Angeli Dela paz I've read the book a year ago and reading the quotes reminded me of how I fell in love with the story.


message 19: by Dania (new)

Dania i didnt read the book yet, but these quotes are beautiful ! it gave me courage to open it and read it now !!


message 20: by Kinga (new)

Kinga Yes, courage is what you need to start reading it. LOL.


message 21: by Rosemary (new)

Rosemary Thanks for the best quotes from this amazing book!


message 22: by Norelle (new)

Norelle thank you for these, I think some people forget english was his second language.


message 23: by Fardin (new)

Fardin This book had many amazing quotes which described Amirs life. For example, "For you a thousand times over" is said when he regrets his jealousy of Hasan and he says for him he'd do it a thousand times over. This book is very heartwarming yet realistic. i would recommend it to all my peers.


message 24: by Donna (new)

Donna I am only 25 pages into this book and already appreciate its poetry.


message 25: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Ruth I read it 4years ago. Thank you for reminding all those beautiful lines!!


message 26: by Piyush (last edited Apr 05, 2014 11:25PM) (new)

Piyush Zambad would like to add 2 more :
"Quiet is peace. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it."

"...what I took a yes from him was in actuality more of a quiet surrender, not so much acceptance as an act of relinquishment by one too weary to decide and far too tired to believe."


message 27: by Al0 (new)

Al0 Al Thanks for sharing such quotes from the novel


message 28: by Oela (new)

Oela Thank you for listing them! people who read to relish every word of the moment and not just as a book critic is likely to love this book!
Thanks!


message 29: by Ombitsman (new)

Ombitsman this is a really nice book..only if one sees beneath its beautiful
bravo Khaleed


message 30: by Donna (new)

Donna "I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded, not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night."


message 31: by Sapna (new)

Sapna Saini Wonderful line from the Book


message 32: by shaurya (new)

shaurya gupta The quote about theft being the only sin changed me.


message 33: by Amit (new)

Amit K Thanks a lot Britta..
For walking me through the book again..


message 34: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Grice Children aren't a colouring book, yep favourite quote, just read that bit today and wrote it down. As with the thief aspect, every sin is a form of theft. Interesting.


message 35: by Phala (new)

Phala "And that's the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too."


message 36: by Manikandan.SP (new)

Manikandan.SP good collection! you saved my time


message 37: by Lloyd (new)

Lloyd I agree whose quotes by themselves are nice- sentimentally at least- but as a review they aren't telling anybody anything. Nothing about the dull redemption story, or all the one dimensional characters that populate the world, it doesn't confront the fact that the book is just a walking pile of metaphors and nice little coincidences and most annoyingly it doesn't even talk about the book. Those quotes are just empty babbles of sentiment without context, although if you explained said context and how poorly the story is told, they would never go near this book.


message 38: by Sumit (last edited Dec 30, 2014 10:02PM) (new)

Sumit Sharma Wow! Thank you for rekindling the memory. It made me want to read it again...


message 39: by Donna (new)

Donna Who could ever rip this book apart? This was one of my favourite books of all time. For me a great writer brings a book to life as if you are living the story. It paints a vivid picture and brings out emotions you never thought you had. You can be the most intelligent writer in the world but have no life in the writing where it is just becomes boring jargon; this book is both intelligent and brilliant and gets five stars every time! A crime to dismiss.


message 40: by Ahmad Zia (new)

Ahmad Zia Amiri Thank you for highlighting the best and heart touching lines of the book. (:


message 41: by Aisha (new)

Aisha Awesome words by an awesome author


message 42: by Aisha (new)

Aisha Awesome words by an awesome author


message 43: by Tyanna (new)

Tyanna Elise As I read "The Kite Runner , I began o recognize an important theme throughout the book. Discriminance was and is alive and thriving. In Afghanistan, the Hazaras were considered to be of a lower class compared to the Pashtuns. Many who were lucky would become servants of rich Pashtuns, but still were illiterate
and didn't go very far . For example , Amir's grandfather has adopted a little harazaran orphan who grew up with Amir's father. The same goes for their sons Amir and Hassan. That Amir's father had found a place for them to live and had given them special things was definetly an act of kindness compared to the others around. Although of the niceties they'd recieve they stil were servants of them and lived in a mud hut which they slept on the floor in. I really think this goes to show how even Ali and Hassan weren't looked as equals even to Amir's family. This also connects to the society in which we live in today. An article posted just earlier today from the New York Times states how ," .... history of racial discrimination are best dealt with if everyone would simply agree to treat each other as equals". But haven't we already ?? Well, in the later part of that article you'll see this isn't the case. The article states ," Today, oersistent housing aggregation remains a fact of life for many blacks, with a range of adverse consequences including poorer economic prospects. Lower property values, and inferior public schools". It would be fantastic if we could honesty think what it would feel like if we were the odd man out and with that's in mind , treat everyone fairly so that everyone gets a chance. I really felt like this point for both the novel and the article are important because no matter who you are, or where you came from, you should be able to have the same opportunity to do something as someone else with features that might not be like your own.

Citations:

Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. New York: Riverhead, 2003. 371. Print.

"The New York Times." ‘Discrimination With a Smile’. Web. 23 Jan. 2015. .

Tyanna Middleton,
Ivy League Middle School


message 44: by Goodreaderjack (new)

Goodreaderjack IT's great, I love these words so much,when reading this book.


message 45: by Maryam (new)

Maryam Thank you!


message 46: by Sajjan (new)

Sajjan sohrab-"Father used to say its wrong to hurt even the bad people. Because they don't kbow any better "


message 47: by Sajjan (new)

Sajjan an interviewer once asked a famous actor-If not an actor, what do u think u would have become?
actor-"I would have become a critic, u see when u can't do a particular thing, u should criticize that thing"
cheers kinga


message 48: by Dezhyn (new)

Dezhyn Absolutely love this review!! All of my favorite quotes from the book!
I admit every now and then I come here and read this review just to remind myself of all the heart touching pages i read and the emotional roller coaster It put me through!
Very clever review indeed! Job well done!


message 49: by Dezhyn (new)

Dezhyn Absolutely love this review!! All of my favorite quotes from the book!
I admit every now and then I come here and read this review just to remind myself of all the heart touching pages i read and the emotional roller coaster It put me through!
Very clever review indeed! Job well done!


message 50: by April (new)

April "The generation of Afghan children whose ears know nothing but the sounds of bombs and gunfire was not yet born." That quote will stay with me for a long time.


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