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The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini
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About This Book

The #1 New York Times bestselling debut novel that introduced Khaled Hosseini to millions of readers the world over.

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father's servant, caught in the tragic sweep of history, The Kite Runner transports readers to Afghanistan at a tense and crucial moment of change and destruction. A powerful story of friendship, it is also about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

Since its publication in 2003 Kite Runner has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic of contemporary literature, touching millions of readers, and launching the career of one of America's most treasured writers.


Angela H.


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In Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, it describes the journey of a boy named Amir, and his best friend Hassan. Amir and Hassan live in Afghanistan before the start of the Afghanistan war in Kabul. The story begins with the recollections of Hassan and Amir's memories together, before Amir escaped to America to avoid the war. Amir has always treated Hassan very poorly, even though Hassan looked up to Amir because of his privilege and opportunities. Time and time again, Hassan stood up for Amir when he as getting bullied, but Amir was silent when Hassan was getting picked on. When Amir escapes to America, he begins to feel regret for his actions toward Hassan, as he starts to realize how bad of a friend he was. Hosseini's description of the hardships of both Amir and Hassan show the true brutality of the Afghanistan War, as it separated friends for over 20 years. The difference in culture that Hosseini writes about opens eyes to the different struggles people might not face in America. I really liked this book because it shows the true meaning of being innocent in the middle of the war, as many people are unable to escape, and end up getting killed for doing nothing wrong. This book shows the other side of war that needed to be brought to the public's attention, as soldiers in Afghanistan were harsh and brital to those who were not the enemy.

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