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Tue June 26, 2012
Good Read: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The timely and critically acclaimed debut novel that’s becoming a word-of-mouth phenomenon… a shattering story of betrayal and redemption set in war-torn Afghanistan. Compelling, heartrending, and etched with details of a history never before told in fiction, The Kite Runner is a story of the ways in which we’re damned by our moral failures, and of the extravagant cost of redemption.
Katie Villanueva says:
“I read the Kite Runner and couldn’t put it down. I learned a lot about Afganistan’s history and the events that made it into what it is today. It surprised me to know Afganistan wasn’t always like it is, silly I guess, but you always hear the same stories come from the war torn country. The Kite Runner personalizes those stories and the cities we hear in the news, and it tests you to rethink your stance on the war. It’s a story about a boy growing up in Afganistan during the 70s. He is good friends with the survent boy who is a Hazara, a lower class with a different relgion. Their favorite past time is Afganistan traditional kite flying competition. Their friendship is tested in the brutalist way possible. When the Russians invade his father takes him to America. The boy struggles with his relationship with his father. Over time the boy turns to a man and is called back to Afganistan to find his Hazara friend’s young child. When the man returns the the Afganistan, he finds it as the country we know today and is surprised. Sometimes the book gets really intense and I found myself crying as I turned the pages. I couldn’t put it down though, I had to find out what happened next.”
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