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Cometas en el cielo/ The Kite Runner [Paperback]

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Cometas en el cielo/ The Kite Runner by Isabel Murillo Fort Khaled Hosseini

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Pages   382
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 5.8" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 2007
Publisher   Salamandra
ISBN  849838088X  
ISBN13  9788498380880  

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Excelente!!  May 22, 2008
Excelente libro, escrito con naturalidad, captura la atenciòn del lector. Lo recomiendo plenamente, es para entrar en el mundo de los sentimientos del egoismo y la amistad
Bien escrito y vale la pena leerlo, pero esperaba un poco más  Apr 18, 2008
Hay dos cosas de esta novela que me gustaron mucho:

Para empezar, me fascinaron los primeros capítulos, que están repletos de información y datos interesantes acerca de la sociedad y la cultura afganas de los 70, hasta la invasión rusa (además de las hermosas descripciones de los personajes principales y sus relaciones personales). Los capítulos centrados en los EE.UU. muestran cómo las tradiciones, las costumbres y los valores de una cultura trascienden las fronteras físicas y siguen a una sociedad más allá de su país natal, lo que se refleja especialmente en el General Taheri y la historia de Soraya. Por último, el regreso de Amir a Kabul nos muestra, a través de los ojos de un hombre que no ha visto su país natal en 20 años, el desastre en el que décadas de guerra tras guerra han convertido un país que alguna vez fue feliz (sentí un nudo en la garganta cuando Amir le regala su reloj a los niños... y con lo que sucedió después).

Lo otro que me gustó fue que, a medida que la historia avanza y transcurren los años, llegamos a conocer a los personajes, sus defectos, sus cualidades, y sus motivaciones. Aunque no todos ellos son "queribles" (personalmente, Amir me pareció bastante poco querible), no podemos evitar empatizar con ellos e incluso entender -en cierta medida- por qué han hecho lo que han hecho. La traición REAL e INTENCIONAL de Amir hacia Hassan -no me refiero al día de la competencia de cometas- casi puede perdonarse al mirarla a través de los ojos de un niño que nunca antes había sentido el amor de su padre, y que está aterrado de perderlo ahora que lo siente por primera vez. Casi puede comprenderse. Para mí, eso es un gran logro.

Por lo tanto, ¿por qué no 5 estrellas?

Porque considero que la historia se torna cada vez más inverosímil a medida que nos acercamos al final de la novela. Todo encaja DEMASIADO perfectamente, si eso tiene algún sentido. No hay cabos sueltos. Cada uno de los datos que leemos en la primera parte (hasta que escapan a EE.UU.) se "empareja" de algún modo a algo que sucede en 2001, en una especie de "justicia cósmica". Eso fue, para mí, demasiado "hollywoodense".

Que libro tan maravilloso  Nov 4, 2007
Este es un libro que todo el mundo deberia leer. Es muy conmovedor y enseña muy buenas lecciones de vida. La historia tiene partes felices y partes muy tristes y duras. Al terminar de leer este libro sientes como a veces tomamos la vida "for granted". Hermosa historia que definitivamente tocara los corazones de todo aquellos que la lean!!
A Powerful Story of Atonement and Redemption  May 22, 2007
The reviews of The Kite Runner when it came out made me think I wouldn't like the book so I deliberately passed on it until now. I recently had the opportunity to read Khaled Hosseini's stunning second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and realized that I had made a mistake by skipping The Kite Runner.

Amir grows up in a male-dominated kind of Eden in his wealthy father's beautiful home in Kabul. His doting father loves to give him presents. There are two servants Ali and his son, Hassan, who make life pleasant. Amir and Hassan also enjoy a close friendship whose foundation is Hassan's tremendous loyalty. But there are cracks in Eden. Amir knows that his father doesn't really approve of him: Amir is a coward while his Baba is as brave as a lion. Amir's mother died in childbirth so there's little nurturing except from Baba's friend and business partner, Rahim Khan. Ali's wife and Hassan's mother, Sanaubar, ran off with a clan of traveling singers and dancers a week after Hassan was born. Both boys shared a wet nurse which helped make them feel closer. Ali and Hassan are Shi'a Muslims and ethnic Hazaras, two qualities that make them be viewed as worthy of only being servants by the powerful Pashtuns. To further emphasize their differences, Ali is crippled and Hassan has a hare lip. Amir loves books, but uses his learning to humble Hassan.

But Amir thinks things are going well when his father hints that he thinks Amir can win the annual kite fighting festival, something his father did as a boy. Perhaps if Amir can win, his father will approve of him. With the talented help of Hassan, the greatest kite runner (helpful in getting kites into the sky and running down those that have but cut off from their string), Amir has high hopes. The day goes well until the very end when Hassan finds himself in trouble: Amir turns his back on his friend out of cowardice. Branded by that shameful memory, the close bond between the boys is broken.

The book then takes Amir and his father to the United States to escape the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Amir adjusts to the new country better than Baba who wants to keep to the old ways.

Many years later, the tranquility of Amir's life is unexpectedly shaken when a dying Rahim Khan calls on Amir to visit him in Pakistan. What Rahim Khan has to say will forever change Amir's life. In that message comes an opportunity to atone and gain redemption.

This story is very powerful. You'll find yourself filled with strong emotions as you imagine what it is like to be Amir, Hassan, Baba, and Ali. While the story is based on modern Afghanistan, the lessons are much more universal than that.

The plot is beautifully woven in ways that will surprise and delight you. It's hard to imagine how a first-time novelist could have been so deft. But having read A Thousand Splendid Suns, it's clear that Mr. Hosseini has staggering amounts of talent.

So if reviews have discouraged you from reading this book, forget the reviews. Read The Kite Runner anyway. You'll be glad you did.

Highly recommended.

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