Review of The Kite Runner

Title:  The Kite Runner
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Publisher: Riverhead Books (The Berkley Publishing Group)
ISBN: 1-59448-000-1  
Reviewed by Jo Linsdell.   
The first novel by Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner is one of those stories that is hard to forget. Not surprisingly, the book has received huge praise from both the industry and readers around the world and has won many awards including to name a  few; San Francisco Chronicle Best book of the year, #1 New York Times Bestseller and Top Ten Fiction Pick of the Year by Entertainment Weekly.
Two young boys, Amir and Hassen, living in Afghanistan in the 1970’s have a strange kind of friendship marked by their different social class, life style and personalities. It turns out however that the boys have more in common than they could ever have imagined. The journey to adulthood is not an easy one for either.
A powerful, yet haunting tale of friendship, honour, guilt and fear, that gives a look into an Afghanistan often overlooked by it’s more modern reputation. Afghan culture jumps from the pages as the raw and moving story hits hard on the emotional cords. 
When I was given this book to read I wasn’t convinced that I’d like it. My first thought was that it was another of those over-rated books that wouldn’t live up to all the hype. I was wrong. This book is a must read. I highly recommend it.  


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