The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

About the book

Afghanistan, 1975: Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the local kite-fighting tournament and his loyal friend Hassan promises to help him. But neither of the boys can foresee what will happen to Hassan that afternoon, an event that is to shatter their lives. After the Russians invade and the family is forced to flee to America, Amir realises that one day he must return to Afghanistan under Taliban rule to find the one thing that his new world cannot grant him: redemption.

Reviewed by  U3A Group 6, Petersfield Reading Group:

The whole group liked this book a lot. The plot, the background, the style and the characters are all compelling. It offered matter of lengthy and animated discussion. We can’t wait for his next book.

Star rating: ****

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19 thoughts on “The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini”

  1. Review by King’s Somborne Reading Group:
    compelling; sad; distressing; powerful; poetic; deceptive; shattering; moving; intriguing; optimistic; educational (historically and socially); innocence of youth; themes of redemption; sin of omission.
    Star rating: ***

  2. Review by U3A Group 1 Reading Group:
    This book caused some discussion among the Group. It was felt by some to only have theme although the setting and period was interesting. A fairly good read with a mixed reception.
    Star rating: ** or ***

  3. Review by Hawkley Book Group:
    Generally enjoyed by the group – we learnt a lot about Afghan history and culture. Occasionally found the dialogue arduous. Provoked a good discussion.
    Star rating: ***

  4. Review by Wallington Village Reading Group:
    We learnt lots about a place in the news. It seemed like a biography rather than a novel. Very explicit. It had more impact than if it had been visual. Coming of age novel. Thoroughly enjoyed by all – glad we were persuaded to read it.
    Star rating: *** or ****

  5. Review by Bridewell Beauties:
    Top notch, well written, absorbing, revealing, thought provoking.
    Star Rating: ****

  6. Review by U3A Lymington Reading Group:
    Superb reading, mix of emotions. Felt very involved with all the characters. Author very perceptive of human condition, family ties and relationships. One’s basic characteristics never change – Hassam was always loyal for example.
    Star rating: ****

  7. Review by Enjoying Books:
    A heart-wrenching book, but a most worthwhile read. All members voted full marks – only for the second time (the first was A Prayer for Owen Meany – J Irving).
    Star rating: ****

  8. Review by Eastleigh Library Wednesday Group:
    Extremely well written. Compelling and moving story. We found it quite informative of the culture and life in Afghanistan under Russian and Taliban rule. Graphically violent in places although not in a gratuitous way. Voted our best book this year!
    Star rating: ****

  9. Review by Overton & Whitchurch U3A:
    Excellent narrative and description which gave a very real feel to the places and people. Hope and love comes out of the cruelty and despair.
    Star rating: **

  10. Review by Boaters Book Club:
    It was considered a wonderful book and an easy read and has everything one wants in a book with many aspects like its descriptions, expressions (poetic), emotions, characters, symbolism and relationships. We commented on the info about Afghanistan, the lack of female influence and the comparisons with today’s life.
    Star rating: ****

  11. Review by North Baddesley WI Reading Group:
    The Kite Runner was judged unanimously to be the best written book that we have read this year. We all enjoyed it far more than any of the last 12 we have read. The actual writing was excellent, the content extraordinary; the knowledge imparted wonderful. It was difficult to put down as the need to know what happened next was so strong. More books by this author please.
    Star rating: ****

  12. Review by New Life Reading Group:
    A fantastic read and a very good portrayal of life in Afghanistan. Made us all realise how lucky we are to live in Britain! We had a brilliant discussion on many topics arising from the story.
    Star rating: ****

  13. Review by Wills Way Worms:
    Loved how the author described his childhood, some shocking scenes, disappointed with the end of the book – more like paraphrasing used in films – almost like a different author! Enjoyed by everyone even those who had previously read it.
    Star rating: ***

  14. Review by Damzals Reading Group:
    All loved this book – found it powerful and moving. Easy to read as it was so compelling, content far from easy though. Very well written.
    Star rating: ****+

  15. Review by Circuit Reading Group:
    Thought provoking, easy read, educational, stimulating, realistic. Highly recommend it!
    Star rating: ****

  16. Review by Reading Between the Wines Book Group:
    A must read. Quite harrowing but very interesting and well written. An emotional book that explores many issues sensitively but deeply.
    Star rating: ****

  17. Review by Firgrove Ladies:
    No short review can do justice to this excellent book. A marvellous read and we had no hesitation in giving it 5 stars. We encourage you to read it.
    Rating: *****

  18. Review by Between the Leaves Reading Group:
    Compelling read, providing historic background of Afghanistan and the cruelties endured by the innocent. The author painted a picture that the reader visualised, at times harrowing but also gripping.
    Rating: ****

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