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5.0 out of 5 stars At Times Heart-Warming, At Times Heart-Wrenching, But Always Riveting!,, 5 Jun 2008
This review is from: The Kite Runner (Hardcover)
When it was suggested that I read The Kite Runner, I put off doing so for a long time because I am primarily a "thriller/suspense/mystery" type-of-guy. That was a mistake that I'm glad I eventually corrected. The Kite Runner is an astonishing, powerful book that had me riveted from the first to the last page. It is a story of fierce cruelty and yet redeeming love, as well as of an intimate account of family and friendship. Both transform the life of Amir, the main character, who comes of age during the last peaceful days of the Afghani monarchy; just before Afghanistan's revolution and its invasion by Russian troops. Hosseini is a masterful writer whose prose and narrative style ooze emotion. If you have any hesitancy about reading this book, as I did, put your doubts aside and rush out to get yourself a copy of The Kite Runner. You'll be very glad you did. It is not only a book that will keep you from doing anything else but turning the pages, it is a book that will stay in your head and heart for years to come. It is that good!
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Initial post: 26 Jan 2010 17:48:10 GMT
S J Hanna says:
... I agree with the comments from the person above, I can honestly say this is the best book that I've ever read. After reading the book I watched the dvd and I can honestly say it is not a patch on the book, though good none the less.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Nov 2012 12:36:39 GMT
redhead31 says:
If you enjoyed this, I wonder if you've read "A Thousand Splendid Sons" by the same author....please do!

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Nov 2012 14:44:17 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Nov 2012 14:44:42 GMT
Bobbewig says:
Redhead31: Yes, I read A Thousand Splendid Suns and enjoyed it at last as much as The Kite Runner. I wonder when the author's next book will be out.

Posted on 28 Jan 2014 13:55:06 GMT
Malene Kragh says:
Absolutely agree that it is the best book I have ever read, and it stays with you for years. Sublime story-telling that keeps you engaged throughout. Did not enjoy "A thousand Splendid Suns" as much as I guess I was looking for, perhaps, the exact same book that I had just read. I read his most recent novel too (And the mountains echoed) which, sadly, left me confused as the stories seemed to go off on a tangent where really, I wanted him to go back to how the book started and continue that story. The book did not come together in the end for me and left me feeling "unsatisfied" and a little annoyed? Still on the look-out for another Kite Runner...

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2014 14:21:00 GMT
Bobbewig says:
Thanks, Malene, for taking time to share your thoughts. I appreciate it very much.

Regarding Hosseini's other books, I thought A Thousand Splendid Suns was excellent, I, like you, was somewhat disappointed in And The Mountains Echoed.
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