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Grannie Cool

The Kite Runner.

Have just finished "The Kite Runner" written by Khaled Hosseini. It starts in 1970's Afghanistan where 12 year old Amir is desperate to win a kite flying tournament with his loyal friend Hassan. Of course, later the Russians arrive, and much later the Taliban. Really opened my eyes to the desperate struggles of every day life over there.
I have now started his second book "A Thousand Splendid Suns"
. Already, I can see I will not be able to put it down like the other one. I just need to know what happens to 15 year old Mariam in Kabul.
Has anyone else read this authors books?

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treehugger

kite runner

i read it a few years ago- loved it and balled my eyes out! haven't read the other one (yet)

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Liz from Cumbria

Kite Runner &1000 splendid suns

I read both several years ago. Thoroughly enjoyed them.

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Essex Girl

The Kite Runner

Have it in my "to read" drawer. Read A Thousand Splendid Suns last year and enjoyed it very much. Those of you who have read both, which did you prefer?

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Elpe

The Kite Runner

Both brilliant books! I read the Kite Runner in a day - just couldn't put it down but savoured A Thousand Splendid Suns. Oh, those poor folk over there - how their lives differ from ours. Not saying what happens to Mariam except that she's very courageous as you'll find out. What a tale!

The Kite Runner

I have read both. I think I preferred The Kite Runner, because the description of his life when he is little was so clear to me. I also loved the picture of the boy on the cover peeping round the corner, with the elastoplast on his finger.

I did enjoy A Thousand...... very much but Kite Runner just did it for me.

I too, hope you will enjoy the rest of the book.

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SonyaK

The Kite Runner.

I've also read both and loved them. Like Noreen I think The Kite Runner is my favourite - if I had to choose.

Also saw the film of The Kite Runner and thought it was very good. True to the book - leaving out some bits, which is inevitable - but one of the best films from a book I have seen.
Anyone else seen the film?

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Essex Girl

The Kite Runner

Now that Noreen and Sonya have said they prefer it, I shall look forward even more to reading The Kite Runner. I didn't know there was a film but wouldn't want to see it anyway until I'd read the book.

The Kite Runner

Sonya, I did see the film and also thought it was quite good considering they had to leave so much out. I think if you hadn't read the book and just saw the film you wouldn't rate it highly, they just can't get over what the little boy is thinking, which to me really made the book.

EG you should give it a go, it's a really easy to read and as you will have read them in the opposite order to me, I would love to know which you prefer.

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chillie

The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner was also my favourite but I devoured both books in a few days during a business trip to Istanbul. I was hugely amused to find the tea lady/bathroom attendant in the office was reading The Kite Runner in Turkish when not busy and we bonded when I showed her my English copy tucked in my laptop case. Now whenever I visit that office I always look to see what she is reading. chillie

 
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