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Monday, October 24, 2005

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini


Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable, beautifully told story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Raised in the same household and sharing the same wet nurse, Amir and Hassan nonetheless grow up in different worlds: Amir is the son of a prominent and wealthy man, while Hassan , the son of Amir's father's servant, is a Hazara, member of a shunned ethnic minority. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them. When the Soviets invade and Amir and his father flee the country for a new life in California, Amir thinks that he has escaped his past. And yet he cannot leave the memory of Hassan behind him.

21 Comments:

  • This is a test run.

    By Blogger seanb, at 8:47 AM  

  • The Kite Runner
    Khaled Hosseini
    Ficton
    The theme of the book is loyalty. Don’t forget the ones who love you.

    Amir is a young man growing up in a peaceful Afghanistan with his best friend Hassan, but when a misfortune befalls Hassan everything goes downhill. Amir tries to forget his past, but it just keeps coming back to haunt him.

    I think that The Kite Runner is a very interesting book well suited for people who are very open-minded. The book raises the issues of loyalty and how you should be loyal to those who love and care about you and not ignore them. I totally agree with this because you never know how your actions might affect someone or even yourself later on in life.

    This book really makes you think about your own life and actions, and how you should never be ashamed of anyone you care about whether it be family or friends or both. I personally really enjoyed this book because it wasn’t just some outdated book that you are forced to read, it really opens your mind.

    In the future I would say do not wait until the last minute to do this project. It is huge and I would start as soon as possible so as to get as much advice from your teacher as possible.

    “For you a thousand times over,”(Hosseini 67). This is what everyone should be saying or at least thinking when it comes to those you love and care about.


    Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. New York: The Berkley Publishing Group, 2003.

    By Blogger ErikaF, at 9:46 PM  

  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    This fictional book is all about second chances and atonement. It is about making amends for what you have done to people who matter to you.

    Hosseini writes about a man named Amir who first reflects on his past, and an atrocity that tore him and his best friend apart. Later, as he has grown up, he is haunted by his past and is forced to face it, forced to “be good again” (Hosseini 3).

    I found The Kite Runner ‘gripping’, ‘powerful’, and found awesome surprised. This book was extremely well written and is filled with great connections and great relationships. Hosseini has written a story that feels real, a story that I was appalled to hear, but totally feel is real. His use of facts with his ability to create an amazing story of struggle, trials, and atonement create a story that is good enough to be true. He has done a marvelous job of creating a very relatable character, with very normal flaws, he is not a hero by any means, but still manages to make us all proud in the end. This inspiring story reaches out to readers and tells them of the horrific situation in the Middle East while giving important advice.

    This book proved to have plenty of facets with which to write a paper, or to make connections, but because it is new, it has very few secondary sources. This makes it difficult, and the complexity and layers of the story can make for a difficult paper. However, if you are up for the challenge and have the organization to write a paper out of a mess of info, this book has more than enough pieces to write a paper and complete a project, just make sure you start early.

    When it is all said and done, this is a marvelous book that is written in an amazing way and will instill in its readers compassion and encouragement.

    By Blogger MattC, at 5:41 PM  

  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, is a fictional story involving the friendship of two boys, Amir and Hassan. The novel begins with Hassan and Amir as childhood friends. Hassan has always stood up for Amir and protected him in any situation. Amir being ignorant and selfish, witnesses something he will regret and never forgot. With the war prospering in Afghanistan, Amir and his father, Baba, move to America. In America, Amir starts a life with his wife, Soraya, but his past will never be left behind. Rahim, a good family friend of Amirs, informs Amir of a secret never expected and the urgency of Sohrab, Hassan son, to be rescued from an orphanage in Kabul. Rahim asks Amir to go rescue Sohrab. Amir finally decides he needs to do something for Hassan, in return of all the things Hassan did for him. Amir goes on an adventure to save Sohrab and bring him home into his family. Along the way, Amir encounters enemies from the past. Amir finds himself, the friendship and brotherhood him and Hassan had, and love for a little boy, Sohrab.
    I chose to read The Kite Runner because I heard it was an amazing book. From reading the book, I figured that out for myself. I think The Kite Runner is an excellent book to do an independent reading project on. It had a lot of symbols and motifs that were easy to trace. There were also a lot of questions to be brought up and ideas to write a paper on. The book is a little slow at the beginning, but gets to a point where you can’t put it down. The messages portrayed in the novel, are messages you can use in your everyday life and make you think. There were twists in the book that I was never expecting to happen, making the book exciting. The Kite Runner has 371 pages, but is a fast read. Some advice I do give you, is make sure you pick a book you are guaranteed to enjoy. Read an equal amount of the book every night. DO NOT wait till the last minute. DO NOT procrastinate on the independent reading project because it is way too much to do the night or two before. If you do a little each night for a week, it will make the project much easier and it will pay off in the end. Also, use sticky notes as a tool to help you, not just to get a grade on that part of the project. Sticky noting can be helpful. Trace symbols, vocab, literary elements, motifs, characters, plot, etc. with your sticky notes. It will help you stay organized, and when you begin the project everything is right there for you to use to complete the project. I did not mind doing the independent reading project, because I enjoyed my book so much. The Kite Runner is an excellent and well written novel that will keep you on your toes.

    By Blogger StaceyBramley, at 2:32 PM  

  • The Kite Runner
    By: Khaled Hosseni
    Fictional book. Its about loyalty and friendship

    The main problem in the book is between Amir and Hassan and their friendship. Amir always turns his back on Hassan and Hassan never turns his back on Amir. So that is a big conflict in the story.

    The book was a very good book that kept you on the edge of your seat. You always wanted to keep reading on to see what happened between their friendship. There was always some kind of action going on during the book. I agree with the author that you should never me mean to your friends even if they are nice to you because it might come back and hurt you in the long run. This book would be for anyone that has good friends.

    This book made me think me about my friendships and if I am turning my back on my friends and I think what they think I am doing. This book was a wonderful book I would recommend it to anyone any style because every one has this problem going on in their lives today.

    My advice to other students is not to wait to the last minute to do all your project because it might not turn out the way you wanted it to.

    By Blogger kevin m, at 2:20 PM  

  • The Kite Runner
    By Khaled Hassani

    The Kite Runner is a fictional novel that seems partially based on the history of Afghanistan.

    This novel details the story of two young men growing up in Afghanistan. The plight of the boys are extremely different due to discrepancies in social class. Hassani follows the two men and thier plights into adulthood.

    I found this book both instructive and entertaining. The beginning seemed to move a little slowly, but after I got through the first hundred pages, I read the remainder in a few days. I also enjoyed learning via this novel more about Afghani culture.

    This book does not necessarily remind me of another author's style or another novel; however, it is highly relatable to someone like myself who is really interested in world events. I now feel more educated when I read about the strife in Afghanistan!

    I feel that this book would be appealing to just about anyone, regardless of age, sex, and interests. It's so good!

    My advice on the project and reading? Pace yourself and just do it!!

    By Blogger lgaffney, at 12:09 PM  

  • The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini is a fictional story set in stable Afghanistan in the 1970’s. It is about a wealthy Afghan son and father and their close friends who are also their servants due to racial discrimination at this time. Amir and Hassan, the two boys, are inseparable until Amir does several things to lose his best friends trust. Hassan and his father decide to move away from the family. Soon after that Baba and Amir are forced to flee Afghanistan because the Soviets invade. They move to America and start a new, very different life. Later in the story Amir and Hassan reunite and forgive each other. A major theme in this novel was betrayal. It’s hard for me to give examples without giving away some of the best parts of the book, but it seems as though almost every character in this book is betraying each another in some way. This book brought about many emotions for me; it was sad, happy, funny, and even suspenseful at times. The author did a great job of portraying what a real-life situation could be in present day Afghanistan. I also loved this book because the author did a very good job creating imagery through descriptive words and explanation. I felt that I was a part of the story myself. The novel also raised many sensitive yet interesting issues such as racism and terrorism. I like the way the other did not seem to be one-sided or favor a character. Every character had their own very unique and intriguing personality. Being a teen who has been living through September 11th and the War in the Middle East, I was able to relate to and understand many of the issues that arose in this book. I also thought that it was interesting because we as Americans usually view Middle Easterners, especially Afghans, as terrorists because of what happened to our country, but after reading this book I know that making an assumption like that is completely ignorant and unfair. Reading this novel made me realize that there are kids and families just like us all around the world and it is not right to stereotype them when we know nothing about them.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who can read. It is honestly such a valuable book to read, I learned so much from it and it was just an amazing, interesting story overall.

    Some suggestions I would give to future students doing this project would be of course to NOT PROCRASTINATE! Plan your time out right when you receive the assignment and your life will be a lot easier (trust me I know from experience). Also, use your teacher as a source they are the best editors around and they have a lot of knowledge about these books. This is a fun project so be creative and do the best work that you can!!

    By Blogger JennyG, at 2:29 PM  

  • I also read the book Kite Runner and I have a few ups and downs about the book and good techniques on reading it. This is a fun book to read trust me I don’t like reading at all but I liked this book because it was full of action and it gave me something to look forward too. The book contains violence, humor, and tragedy, all of the important factors of reading a good book.
    Some good tips and techniques for reading this book come as followed. First, writing on sticking notes and placing them on the page with important or key factors to the theme or motif are a great idea. Even if you just want to notice a good quote sticky notes are definitely the way to do it, trust me I have the most trouble comprehending books and this helped me a lot. If you find word you don’t know, please look them up this has also been a very important factor in me understanding the book, sure it takes longer but it helps you in the big picture. The only downfall of this book in the length of it, sure it is entertaining, but entertainment can only last for so long it kind of seems like the author drags out the story a little too much and could have summed it up a lot easier in a shorter amount of room.
    Overall, the book Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is a great buy; you will not regret the fabulous pictures that the book places in your mind. For example, at one point the author describes how a man kills himself in from of a lot of people, the author doesn’t leave you out with any details he mentions the sound the sight and every other sense you can imagine.

    By Blogger seanb, at 9:13 PM  

  • The Kite Runner a novel by Khaled Hosseini is a fictional story about best friends, Amir and Hassan living in modern Afghanistan.

    Amir and Hassan are best friends until an unfortunate incident occurs. Hassan, who has always protected and looked up to Amir, is betrayed by his best friend. As Amir grows up, his lack of courage to protect his friend haunts him, until he embarks on an adventure that leads him back to his past.

    I highly recommend reading The Kite Runner. I could not put it down, and I loved the incorporation of the Afghani culture. Though the first chapter or two were a little confusing and slow, after overcoming this barrier the novel increases in suspense and surprise.

    This novel reminded me of friendships I have had in the past and some of the abrupt endings. This book would be great for anyone! If you don’t like to read, and are planning to use cliff notes, I wouldn’t recommend this book. With all the motifs and symbols it would be hard to complete this assignment.

    My advice would have to be to begin this project early. Don’t wait till the last minute. Also, choose a book that you will be interested in reading, don’t choose the book with the least amount of pages!

    By Blogger SannekeN, at 3:23 PM  

  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini describes the touching story of an Afghani boy, who comes of age with the help of his best friend.
    Though his best friend, Hassan, is not physically mentioned in the majority of the novel, his spirit is always there. The novel journey’s through Amir’s life from an ignorant young boy to a respectful adult who appreciates life!
    I really enjoyed this novel. I thought that Hosseini did an amazing job describing a hard topic. It is difficult talking about Afghanistan, when the majority of the readers only know the negative side of their people. I believe the Hosseini did a good job of teaching the readers the brighter side of Afghanistan, which helped the readers create a new view of the country.
    Although the overall book was extremely good, reading some of the personal things that happened in Amir’s life was very difficult. Sometimes the author became very descriptive and in some parts of the story it really disturbed me. But I know that in order for the author to relay his thoughts, he had to describe the incidents specifically how he saw it in his imagination.
    Overall I would recommend this book to a wide audience. It can speak one way to teenagers and a completely different way to adults, but whoever ends up reading it will come out with a brand new take on life! Just one thing to remember before you start reading the book, make sure you do not plan anything after you start reading, because you will never be able to put the book down!

    By Blogger Kathleen G., at 4:43 PM  

  • Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is a book about the growth and maturity of a boy named Amir. The story begins when Amir is a little boy, and witnesses the rape of his best friend, who happens to also be his servant. Amir is filled with guilt that he did not do anything about the rape of his best friend, that he just sat there and watched. Amir’s remorse soon makes him betray his friend, thinking the only way to find forgiveness is to get rid of Hassan, his friend.
    The main theme of Kite Runner is redemption. Amir is searching for some way to forget what happened to Hassan. He finds the only thing he can do is go back into the mayhem of Afghanistan under Taliban rule and find the thing that can acquire the release of all of Amirs past sins, as well as his fathers. Along the way Amir must face his worst enemy, as well as confront a past Amir thought he left behind 20 years ago.
    Throughout the book, Amir is searching for acceptance from Baba, his father. He thinks of his acceptance as something that it is unreachable. As Hassan grows, he finds redemption through his own path in life and finds that it would take moving halfway around the world to find his fathers approval
    The book does an excellent job of developing the characters of Amir, Hassan, and Baba. The reader is placed in a realm of turmoil and uncertainty, and the several twists in the plot keeps the reader on the edge of his seat. I thoroughly enjoyed the suspenseful climax as well as a fulfilling resolution that follows Kite Runner is one of the few books I could not put down.

    By Blogger Alex Reitsema, at 3:12 PM  

  • The historical novel “The Kite Runner” by Kahled Hosseini is a fictional novel based non-fictional historical events of the late 20th century Afganistan. The novel describes the life of a young upper class boy named Amir, his father Baba, and his servants Ali, and Hassan. The story is based in Kabul, Afghanistan and tells of the brutal Russian invasion and Taliban occupation of the country. Throughout the novel, we witness the young innocent Amir, become a man through several life-changing events in his life. Not only does this novel provide accurate historical depiction of Afghanistan, but it also provides an incredibly suspenseful and action packed storyline that makes it almost impossible to put the book down. This realistic, but also unbelievable tale will change the way you think about certain things in life. The incredible character represented by Amir’s friend and servant Hassan will spark emotions in readers never experienced before. Several parallels in this book can be associated with the Bible and the life of Jesus because of the admirable characters and similar stories in each, and the movie “The Lord of The Rings” because of the loyalty and courage represented in each. I would recommend this book to anybody expectably youth because it can change the way you think about life.

    By Blogger alexH, at 9:27 AM  

  • Kite Runner by Khaled Hassani is a fictional novel about two boys, Hassan and Amir, growing up in Afghanistan. Amir moves to America and begins a new life after separating from Hassan. Amir returns to Afghanistan to come to terms with his past only to adopt Hassan's son, Sohrab and move back to America.
    This book was very interesting to read. I enjoyed every minute of it. The excitement never died and there was always a new twist on the next page. I enjoyed learning about the Afghanistan culture as well as many new words.
    I would definitely recommed this book to everyone, it speaks to all races as well as ages. It is an easy read for teenagers as well as adults. Everyone who reads this will enjoy their lives a little bit better and have a happy feeling after it. I can't wait for his next book to come out.

    By Blogger Carolyn P., at 10:12 AM  

  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

    The Kite Runner is a fictional novel that follows an Afghani boy, Amir, as he grows up and comes of age in his society. The reader can follow his happiness, trials, sorrows, and his experiences in overcoming them, as he develops and matures to come back to the point where he has a clear conscience and is content once again.
    I thought this book was very well written, and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I am not one who likes to read, but this book was very easy for me to get drawn into and WANT to read what happens next. I thought Hosseini did an excellent job of using description and internal dialogue. I felt like I was actually there in the story, standing right next to him (and in some cases, being him), experiencing everything he encounters.
    The events that Amir encounters in the book I could relate to in my own life. I too have betrayed my best friend, and felt the guilt haunt me in my daily life. I also know how it feels when you finally have felt the forgiveness of that friend, and feel the relief that comes with having a clear conscience once again. The words Amir uses to describe this feeling could have come directly out of my own mouth!
    I would recommend this book to anyone. I would especially direct this to anyone who is going through a struggling relationship with someone in their life. This book had lots of action and suspense, as well as intellectual and emotional hooks as well, so it is a book that would appeal to all audiences.
    For future students doing their independent study projects my advice is this: DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!!!!!!! Believe me, I’m speaking from past experience! The project will be much easier for you if you do bits and pieces of it at a time, instead of trying to do all of it the night before. I also would tell you to be creative, and don’t be afraid to do something “out-of-the-box” for your project.
    Good luck with the project, and enjoy the book!

    By Blogger nicholeg, at 1:37 PM  

  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is a fictional novel that portrays the struggle of a young boy, Amir, to grow up and fit into society. With the memory of Amir's old friend Hassan, Hosseini plunges into the actions taken and emotions felt as Amir finds his way to personal freedom and well-being.

    The Kite Runner is a fantastic novel. Once picked up, one can never put it down. I personally found myself reading late at night, weary from that day, counting the pages of the next chapter to see if I could read just a little bit more. It was never a struggle to finish the book.

    The relationships demonstrated in the novel remind me of my own. Friends have betrayed me, and I have betrayed them. The novel accurately depicts the inner struggle and emotions of Amir who betrayed his friend Hassan. Reading how Amir struggles and what he does to overcome his pain is an inspiration to become the best friend one can possibly be.

    Everyone can read this book. There is not a limit to whom I recommend The Kite Runner. Every reader will enjoy this thrilling and thought-provoking novel. Sometimes, however, keeping characters straight can be difficult. Marking key points in the story and being sure exactly who did them is beneficial to any reader. Luckily, this is a book that one just cannot put down. This way, the book is a quick and pain-less read.

    By Blogger danah, at 11:07 AM  

  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is a fictional novel. It is about Amir, a boy born in Afganistan. Throughout the book you follow Amir through many different internal struggles and the greatest one of all is Amir being able to forgive himself for watching as his best friend is raped and doing nothing about it.

    The book is very captivating, I usually dont like reading and rarely complete a whole book but this book I did read to the very end. It really makes you step back and think about the other thins that are happening around the world.

    In a way the book kind of relates to anyone who reads it. It covers a lot of problems that teens face while they are growing up but it also covers problems that most teens dont deal with but they know that the problem is out there; like rape.

    I think this book is very good for people who enjoy action movies or books and also people who enjoy learning about people of different cultures.

    If you choose this book make sure and read a little bit a night because i didnt and left a lot of it to the end and it takes a while to finish it when it is almost 400 pages.

    By Blogger Ryan C., at 11:49 AM  

  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is a fictional novel.

    The Kite Runner is about the hardships that Amir faces throughout his life. It all begins when he witnesses his best friend, Hassen, getting into trouble. Ammir keeps this secret to himslef for the rest of his life and it comes back to huant him. Throughout the book we witness how Amir overcomes his challenges that he faces and how he learns to grow from them.

    I found this book to be VERY interesting. The first few chapters are kind of confusing because you are learning about the characters but it definetely picks up. It was definetely a page turner. Anyone who reads this book will find something in it to relate to. Parts of the book are very graphic but you come away from this book with a life lesson or learning something new.

    I believe that this is a good book to read for the project because there are a ton of symbols in this book. There is no wrong answer in this book.

    My advise for future students is to start early.

    By Blogger Ashley R, at 8:49 PM  

  • The Kite Runner by Khalen Hosseini is a fictional novel that takes place in Kabul, Afghanistan and San Francisco. It follows the life and trials of Amir from just a young boy playing with his servant Hassan, to a hard working adult in San Francisco. It focuses on facing reality, loyalty, repentance, and redemption.
    The events in this book are so powerful. It takes you on an emotional journey and gets you very involved. It isn't a difficult book to read, but also is not a light, easy read. It is intense, suspenseful, and very interesting. I had a hard time putting it down and had no trouble finishing it on time.
    Some of the events in the book are a little more extreme than what typical teenagers face, but you can easily connect with the pain and guilt associated with the betrayel of a friend.
    This book would be great for anyone! It is captivating and exciting and doesn't favor any gender or age.
    For future students: start the container early. You won't have a hard time reading the book, just make sure you are annotating it in the process and thinking of symbols and powerful quotes for the journal entry. Have fun with it, this is a great book!

    By Blogger Aly A., at 3:11 PM  

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    By Blogger Leah Russell, at 1:39 PM  

  • The Kite Runner
    By Khaled Hosseini
    Fiction

    This book is about everything that Amir goes through in his life. Him and his father pack up Afghanistan and move to America with no real explination to Amir at all other than it needed to be done. Amir goes through many tough things in his life making him a much stronger person. He ends up finding the love of his life in America and marries her.

    I found this book really interesting. I enjoyed reading Kite Runner. It shows you a different perspective on life and what to do when hard times come your way. It is a really great book!! Enjoy!

    My advise to students who will be doing this project is to start early with everything! don't leave things for the night or even a couple nights before...Especally with such a wonderful book!

    By Blogger Leah Russell, at 1:41 PM  

  • The Kite Runner
    Khaled Hosseini
    Fiction

    The Kite Runner is a exhilarating portral of human struggle, plight, and redemption told through the eyes of a young Afghani boy named Amir. Amir struggles throughout the novel, constantly haunted by a life changing decision of his childhood. Not until he returns to Afghanistan many years later is Amir finally freed from his guilt and able to progress with his life.

    I really enjoyed reading The Kite Runner because of the entertaining plot and the novel's basis in historical fiction. The novel was very interesting to read, but had a rather slow beginning. Additionally, the novel was full of Afghan history; not only did I gain knowledge of Afghani culture and traditions, but also understanding into the depth of the current conflicts between the United States and the Middle East.

    This novel was unlike any I have ever read, mostly because it is the first Afghan book written in English. Notwithstanding, it accurately details Afghani history and is simply a good read!

    I would recommend this book to anyone. It teaches the values of honesty, friendship, and opposing evils all without preaching to the reader. Unfortunately, it does contain grafic material, so don't choose this novel if you are looking for a light read.

    My advice for next year's students would be to start the project while reading the book. It makes the project much easier and immensely more enjoyable!

    By Blogger EllenH, at 8:44 PM  

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