The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini
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The #1 New York Times bestselling novel that introduced Khaled Hosseini to millions of readers the world over.

"A vivid and engaging story that reminds us how long his people [of Afghanistan] have been struggling to triumph over the forces of violence-forces that continue to threaten them even today." -New York Times Book Review

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father's servant, caught in the tragic sweep of history, The Kite Runner transports readers to Afghanistan at a tense and crucial moment of change and destruction. A powerful story of friendship, it is also about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons-their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

Since its publication in 2003 Kite Runner has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic of contemporary literature, touching millions of readers, and launching the career of one of America's most treasured writers.


I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975. I remember the precise moment, crouching behind a crumbling mud wall, peeking into the alley near the fro...

About the Author:

Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and moved to the United States in 1980. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed. Hosseini is also a U.S. Goodwill Envoy to the…

Ratings (29):

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Loved It
heartbreaking , depressing, beautiful

Even though it is a sad novel, I believe everyone should read it. Mature themes.

1 reader liked this
10/10/2022 2:05:36 PM
moving and powerful

Profoundly sad and enlightening book. A reminder that everyone, even the most monstrous of brutes and cowards, is still just another human being.

10/10/2022 2:53:31 AM
Loved It
Sad, trigger warning

Trigger warning for sexual and generalized violence.

Absolutely heartbreaking. I had to stop reading it several times because I was unable to go on.

1 reader liked this
10/10/2022 2:05:41 PM
Loved It
page turner

Outstanding work by one of my favorite writers. I'm happy I read it, and I look forward to Khaled Hosseini's next work.

1 reader liked this
10/10/2022 2:05:48 PM
Loved It

An emotional roller coaster

10/9/2022 1:03:50 PM
Loved It
moving and powerful

From Afghanistan in the last days of the monarchy to the tragedies of the current day, this is an epic story of family, of brotherhood and treachery.

10/6/2022 6:38:30 PM
Loved It
a page turner, powerful emotional book

Oh my god. I only recently got around to reading the book. Definitely a moving and uplifting read.

1 reader liked this
10/10/2022 2:05:57 PM

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