- GIVEAWAY OF THREE (3) PRINT COPIES of The Kite Runner: Don’t miss it! See details below.
- Remembering The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
- Announcement of And The Mountains Echoed, Hosseini’s third novel coming in May.
Do you remember where you were in life when you first read The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini? It’s one of the most memorable books of the modern age, if not ever, for many people! It gave readers, and the world, a fresh insight into the modern culture and politics of Afghanastan post-Monarchy structure. But it isn’t just a non-fiction or a history lesson, it’s an emotional, gut-wrenching story of protagonist Amir, a young man of a rich father, and Hassan, their servant boy. From their days of racing beautiful and colorful kites, to an horrendous incident, this book takes a look at the deepest part of human nature.
This book tore my heart out, which is the sign of a stellar book to me. Published in 2003 by Riverhead Books, I remember clearly reading it in 2007 during the final days of my last pregnancy (in one full sweep). I wished I hadn’t waited so long and couldn’t wait to gobble up A Thousand Splendid Suns, his sophomore novel. They are two books that are on my list of top books I’ve ever read. It’s due to their lasting power in my heart. Hosseini went on to win numerous awards for both books and The Kite Runner was made into a movie in 2007.
It’s a very controversial book, for many reasons. It takes a hard look at Afghanistan’s culture which became a very fearful place after the Soviet invasion and the rise of the Taliban. The social class distinction issue among the peoples, abandoned areas due to inhabitants fleeing or being forced from their homes, and the social downfall of an already tulmutuous country lead to it being the epitome of a war-torn nation. But most of all this book deals with friendship, betrayal, trust, guilt and redemption.
I am honored to read this book many times over and I hope you are too. It was a joy to be touched by the story once again.
For those who’ve read the book, and remember it, I’d love to hear what you loved most about it in the comments below. If there are any of you who haven’t had the delight of reading it, you must put it high on your reading list. Mostly because this book will touch you in a way you might not have thought possible.
Plus, after six years, Hosseini has this third book coming out soon, called And the Mountains Echoed. Information on that is below.
Three (3) lucky winners will receive a print copy of The Kite Runner, celebrating its TENTH anniversary! Please leave a comment below, or on my Facebook link for the post (www.facebook.com/almehairierin), with your email so I can contact you for mailing address. Must be in the U.S. and NO P.O. boxes, please. Or you can email me directly at hookofabook(at)hotmail.com.
The giveaway will be open for two weeks from now until 11:59 p.m. EST on March 15, 2013!
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The Kite Runner Synopsis~
Book: Paperback | 5.23 x 7.95in | 400 pages | ISBN 9781594480003 | 27 Apr 2004 | Riverhead | 18 – AND UP
The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption, and it is also about the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.
The first Afghan novel to be written in English, The Kite Runner tells a sweeping story of family, love, and friendship against a backdrop of history that has not been told in fiction before, bringing to mind the large canvases of the Russian writers of the nineteenth century. But just as it is old-fashioned in its narration, it is contemporary in its subject—the devastating history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years. As emotionally gripping as it is tender, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful debut.
Barnes and Noble Collector Edition: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kite-runner-khaled-hosseini/1100224666?ean=9781594632181
Book: Hardcover | 416 pages | ISBN 9781594631764 | 21 May 2013 | Riverhead | 18 – AND UP
An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else.
Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.
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Khaled Hosseini, Biography~
Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965. His father was a diplomat with the Afghan Foreign Ministry and his mother taught Farsi and History at a large high school in Kabul. In 1970, the Foreign Ministry sent his family to Tehran, where his father worked for the Afghan embassy. They lived in Tehran until 1973, at which point they returned to Kabul. In July of 1973, on the night Hosseini’s youngest brother was born, the Afghan king, Zahir Shah, was overthrown in a bloodless coup by the king’s cousin, Daoud Khan. At the time, Hosseini was in fourth grade and was already drawn to poetry and prose; he read a great deal of Persian poetry as well as Farsi translations of novels ranging from Alice in Wonderland to Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer series.
In 1976, the Afghan Foreign Ministry once again relocated the Hosseini family, this time to Paris. They were ready to return to Kabul in 1980, but by then Afghanistan had already witnessed a bloody communist coup and the invasion of the Soviet army. The Hosseinis sought and were granted political asylum in the United States. In September of 1980, Hosseini’s family moved to San Jose, California. They lived on welfare and food stamps for a short while, as they had lost all of their property in Afghanistan. His father took multiple jobs and managed to get his family off welfare. Hosseini graduated from high school in 1984 and enrolled at Santa Clara University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology in 1988. The following year, he entered the University of California-San Diego’s School of Medicine, where he earned a Medical Degree in 1993. He completed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles and began practicing Internal Medicine in 1996. His first love, however, has always been writing.
Hosseini has vivid, and fond, memories of peaceful pre-Soviet era Afghanistan, as well as of his personal experiences with Afghan Hazaras. One Hazara in particular was a thirty-year-old man named Hossein Khan, who worked for the Hosseinis when they were living in Iran. When Hosseini was in the third grade, he taught Khan to read and write. Though his relationship with Hossein Khan was brief and rather formal, Hosseini always remembered the fondness that developed between them.
In 2006, Hosseini was named a goodwill envoy to the UNHCR, The United Nations Refugee Agency.