Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Kite Runner

the Book
The Kite Runner

Written by Khaled Hosseini
Rating: ★★★★ Couldn't put it down!

What it's about:  

In Kabul, Afghanistan, Amir, the son of a rich businessman, and Hassan, the son of a poor servant, have grown up with each other since birth, and have formed a bond akin to brotherhood.  By age twelve, they have become an unstoppable kite-fighting team, and Amir hopes to win the annual tournament to gain the approval of his father.  But when an unthinkable atrocity tests Amir's loyalty to Hassan, their friendship is torn by lies, shame, and hatred.  As war continues to rise in Afghanistan, fate leads the boys on separate journeys, and Amir makes his way to America.  Now an adult, Amir must face the past once again if he can ever hope for redemption. 

Why we love it: 

Fascinating fiction story integrated seamlessly with non-fiction events.  Khaled Hosseini writes with amazing, heart-gripping detail on the conflicts that changed Afghanistan forever, including the Soviet war and the rise of the Taliban.  This was Hosseini's first novel, and we are blown away by his talent.  His characters leave a profound, lasting impression, and show us what it truly means to be a brother and friend. 

We love the exposure to new words from the Afghan culture (such as Buzhashi: a sport in Afghanistan) and Islamic religion (Allah-u-akbar: Allah is the Greatest), that are neatly distributed throughout the book.   

the Movie
The Kite Runner (2007) (PG-13)
Directed by Marc Forster
Starring: Khalid Abdalla, Zekeria Ebrahimi, Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada
Rating: ★★★★ Loved it!  
  • (Tearjerker)
    • Say what? (movie is mostly in subtitles)

    Differences between the movie and book:  

    The movie follows the main storyline of the book without much variation - the movie script is actually verbatim from the book in some parts. The movie, however, does leave out a good portion of the story that you will only discover if you read the book (so no, forgoing the book because the movie is in subtitles isn't a valid excuse!). 

    Why we love it:  

    For many of the same reasons we loved the book, we love this movie.  The story of Amir and Hassan is one of brotherly love and redemption, teaching us "There is a way to be good again."  The talented director and actors produced an amazing work of art, all while upholding the integrity of Khaled Hosseini's original story.

    Overall we suggest you read the book and watch the movie, but not necessarily in that order. 

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