Best Kite Runner Review: Audiobook, eBooks, PDF Free, Podcast 2022

Best Kite Runner Review: Audiobook, eBooks, PDF Free, Podcast
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The Kite Runner is a novel by Khaled Hosseini. The story is set against the backdrop of Afghanistan’s history and revolves around the life of Amir, a young boy from the privileged Pashtun class. The novel has been critically acclaimed and has sold over seven million copies worldwide. If you want to know more about this book, read more to know Kite Runner Review from Pennbookcenter.com.

The Kite Runner Summary: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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The Kite Runner is a heartbreaking, unforgettable story about the unlikely friendship of a wealthy boy with the son of his father’s servant. It is set in a country in the process of destruction. It’s about the power and dangers of reading and the possibility of redemption. And it explores the influence of fathers on their sons: their love, sacrifices, lies.

The Kite Runner is a powerful story about family, love and friendship set against the tragic backdrop of Afghanistan’s history over the past thirty years. It has been a beloved classic.

Khaled Hosseini’s Kite Runner starts out really well. It doesn’t deteriorate into crap, but I want it to be stressed that it starts really well.

Although I have never been to Afghanistan, I imagine that very few people have. However, this book gives me a vivid picture of Kabul in the early 1970s (before Soviet troops arrived) and makes it seem like I have some first-hand experience. It is not accurate, but it does give a sense of what Kabul was like at that time. Although wild horses can’t drag me there now, I imagine it was a pleasant place to live in back then (depending on where you are in your life).

“For you, a thousand times over”

Amir is the son of a wealthy, influential Afghan father and grows up with his servant, who he soon becomes best friends with. Serving their bosses for many years is a common practice. They tend to live near or in their employer’s home and have their own children, who eventually become friends with their boss’s children. Sometimes, servants’ children become their friends, even if they are not close friends.

A more intimate friendship would require more equality in life. Amir lives in a mansion, while Hassan and Hassan live in a mud house on the grounds. Hassan, Amir’s servant, is always ready to help. He has the fire lit, prepares breakfast for school and has his clothes and shoes polished. Amir is a bookish boy, while Hassan has never been to school.

“It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime…”

The Hazara, or the poor, are considered to be the underclass. Their status is similar to that of many societies in which wealthy families share household activities with servants and enslaved people. We follow Amir, Hassan, and their families through their childhood in Kabul in the 1970s to the Taliban’s “liberation” in Afghanistan and the brutal behavior of the Taliban as the Taliban set about ethnic cleansing – wiping out the Hazara and leaving them to die! It’s terrifying, frightening, and fun.

The times in Kabul change, and the boys’ lives change. We are then taken to San Francisco and shown to the Afghan community. Here they continue their traditions and customs despite American ignorance.

“And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.”

Khaled Hosseini writes with a heart that knows its homeland and recalls it well. Most people think of Afghanistan as war-torn, weary, restrictive, and frightening. Hosseini, however, remembers Afghanistan before all that happened. Hosseini gives the Afghani people a face. This can be very powerful indeed.

While he doesn’t give us a narrator that is admirable, likable, or even excusable sometimes, he does give us one who is humane, vulnerable, and who has to suffer for his mistakes. There is no atonement for some trespasses, only forgiveness.

“It always hurts more to have and lose than to not have in the first place.”

I don’t need to tell you anything about this book. It has been read by many people before me, and there are numerous reviews. It is a beautiful, touching work of art that I think will inspire readers to keep their tissues stocked for the future.

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Best The Kite Runner Quotes

“For you, a thousand times over” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime…” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“There is only one sin. and that is theft… when you tell a lie, you steal someone right to the truth.” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“it always hurts more to have and lose than to not have in the first place.” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“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.” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“There are a lot of children in Afghanistan, but little childhood.” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“There is a way to be good again…” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“I want to tear myself from this place, from this reality, rise up like a cloud and float away, melt into this humid summer night and dissolve somewhere far, over the hills. But I am here, my legs blocks of concrete, my lungs empty of air, my throat burning. There will be no floating away.” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness.” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“She said, ‘I’m so afraid.’ And I said, ‘why?,’ and she said, ‘Because I’m so profoundly happy, Dr. Rasul. Happiness like this is frightening.’ I asked her why and she said, ‘They only let you be this happy if they’re preparing to take something from you.” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“Not a word passes between us, not because we have nothing to say, but because we don’t have to say anything” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“People say that eyes are windows to the soul.” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“Time can be a greedy thing-sometimes it steals the details for itself.” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“A man who has no conscience, no goodness, does not suffer.” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“It’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out.” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it. – Amir” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“I opened my mouth, almost said something. Almost. The rest of my life might have turned out differently if I had. But I didn’t.” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“That same night, I wrote my first short story. It took me thirty minutes. It was a dark little tale about a man who found a magic cup and learned that if he wept into the cup, his tears turned into pearls. But even though he had always been poor, he was a happy man and rarely shed a tear. So he found ways to make himself sad so that his tears could make him rich. As the pearls piled up, so did his greed grow. The story ended with the man sitting on a mountain of pearls, knife in hand, weeping helplessly into the cup with his beloved wife’s slain body in his arms.” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“Better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“The problem, of course, was that [he] saw the world in black and white. And he got to decide what was black and what was white. You can’t love a person who lives that way without fearing him too. Maybe even hating him a little.” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft. When you kill a man, you steal a life… you steal his wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness… there is no act more wretched than stealing.” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“War doesn’t negate decency. It demands it, even more than in times of peace.” – Baba” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“One time, when I was very little, I climbed a tree and ate these green, sour apples. My stomach swelled and became hard like a drum, it hurt a lot. Mother said that if I’d just waited for the apples to ripen, I wouldn’t have become sick. So now, whenever I really want something, I try to remember what she said about the apples.” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“In the end, the world always wins. That’s just the way of things.” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“some stories don’t need telling” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“It was only a smile, nothing more. It didn’t make everything all right. It didn’t make ANYTHING all right. Only a smile. A tiny thing. A leaf in the woods, shaking in the wake of a startled bird’s flight. But I’ll take it. With open arms. Because when spring comes, it melts the snow one flake at a time, and maybe I just witnessed the first flake melting. – Amir” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“You’ve always been a tourist here. You just didn’t know it.” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“I’m so afraid. Because I’m so profoundly happy. Happiness like this is frightening…They only let you this happy if they’re preparing to take something from you.” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“Men are easy,’ he said, fingers tapping on his mahogany desk. ‘A man’s plumbing is like his mind: simple, very few surprises. You ladies, on the other hand…well, God put a lot of thought into making you.” ― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

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