The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

Graphic Novel

Book - 2011
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An international publishing sensation that dominated the New York Times bestseller list for more than two years, The Kite Runner has touched millions of readers worldwide. Now, the graphic novel adaptation with text by author Khaled Hosseini brings this unforgettable story to vivid life in beautiful four-colour illustrations, and makes the story accessible to a whole new generation of readers.

Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the present day, The Kite Runner is the story of the unlikely and inseparable friendship between a wealthy Afghan boy and the son of his father's servant, both of whom are caught in the tragic sweep of history. Powerful illustrations breathe new life into a beloved story and heighten Hosseini's portrait of a stark and heartbreaking landscape.

Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, 2011.
ISBN: 9780385671699
Characteristics: 132 p. :,col. ill. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Andolfo, Mirka
Celoni, Fabio 1971-

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weirdduck88
Apr 22, 2016

So… this wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. And maybe the novel is better than the graphic novel but I have a feeling the language is what makes the novel so beloved to begin with. My main problem was that I found the main character so passive and inept that it was difficult to relate or sympathize with him, even when he loses his father or frustratingly fails time and time again to mend the relationship with his best friend and servant. Argh.

As for most people’s reviews saying they wept like a baby because the story was so sad… it reminds me of someone’s comment on Grave of the Fireflies. Lots of people also thought that film was super sad, but one person noted how the sadness in the movie is like a jump scare in a horror film — it’s too obvious. The film is trying too hard to make you feel things that it comes across as forced rather than natural and subtle. That’s why I thought the ending of Tale of Princess Kaguya was infinitely sadder than Grave of the Fireflies. And that’s why I didn’t feel sad at all reading The Kite Runner. It was too forced, trying too hard to be a tear-jerker, which only made me roll my eyes.

A didactic, unsubtle, and shallow work that beats you over the head with its themes while failing to explore others (such as Baba's hypocrisy).

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WordSmith_8
May 13, 2015

"The Kite Runner" is a captivating and beautiful graphic novel that through powerful illustrations, follows the life of Amir from his youth until adulthood. In Kabul, Afghanistan, Amir lives with his widowed father and two Hazara servants, Ali and his son, Hassan. In his youth, Amir finds himself struggling to meet his father's expectations, and battles with feelings of jealousy towards Hassan. No matter what he does as a youth, Amir's father favours Hassan over his own son. Nevertheless, Hassan and Amir are the best of friends until Amir's own cowardice causes a rift in their companionship. As Kabul is taken over by the invading Soviets, Ali and Hassan choose to leave their employers. Amir is deeply saddened by their departure, but realizes that he and his father must also leave Afghanistan.The two stop briefly in Pakistan, but continue on to forge a new life in America. Once they are safely out of Kabul, Amir is able to finish his high school education and pursue his dream career as a writer. In America, Amir meets Soraya and the two are married shortly after. However, Amir is still plagued by his past and must return to Pakistan to visit an old friend of his father's. In Pakistan, Amir must face old friends and enemies as well as a painful secret hidden in his past. The novel brilliantly captures the unbreakable friendship between Amir and Hassan, as well as the game that binds them: kite running. By collecting the fallen kites, Hassan demonstrates his loyalty to Amir. "The Kite Runner" depicts friendship that crosses the boundaries of pain, war, and human weakness. It is definitely a must-read.

WVMLBookClubTitles Aug 23, 2014

This poignant tale centres on the bond between two boys growing up in Kabul, a city on the brink of the Soviet invasion. Living in Afghanistan in the 1960s, Amir, the son of a successful businessman, enjoys a life of privilege that is shaped by his brotherly friendship with Hassan, his servant’s son—until a tragedy occurs that marks a turning point in both boys’ lives. Moving to the United States, where he realizes his dream of becoming a writer and marries the woman he loves, does not relieve Amir of his painful memories, and he will spend much of his life coming to terms with his boyhood act of cowardice, and seeking to make reparations.

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debbiejh
Feb 09, 2012

Slow moving. I guess I'm not into comic books.

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