The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini“It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime.
Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amirs choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.
The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is 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.
A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.
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Both motherless, they grow up as close as brothers, but their fates, they know, are to be different. Amir belongs to the ruling caste of Pashtuns, Hassan to the despised Hazaras. This fragile idyll is broken by the mounting ethnic, religious, and political tensions that begin to tear Afghanistan apart. Plunged into self-loathing, Amir conspires to have Hassan and his father turned out of the household. When the Soviets invade Afghanistan, Amir and his father flee to San Francisco, leaving Hassan and his father to a pitiless fate.
Thank you! Moving back and forth between Afghanistan and California, and spanning almost 40 years, the story begins in Afghanistan in the tranquil s. Our protagonist Amir is a child in Kabul. The most important people in his life are Baba and Hassan. Father Baba is a wealthy Pashtun merchant, a larger-than-life figure, fretting over his bookish weakling of a son the mother died giving birth ; Hassan is his sweet-natured playmate, son of their servant Ali and a Hazara. The day, in , when year-old Amir wins the annual kite-fighting tournament is the best and worst of his young life. He bonds with Baba at last but deserts Hassan when the latter is raped by Assef.
The memory is of his youth, as a boy living in Afghanistan. The story discusses the hardship and frequently graphic nature of life in Afghanistan. The novel has also been adapted into a movie, directed by Marc Forster. The story begins quite jovially, as Amir lives with his father, Baba, in a comfortable home in Afghanistan. Hassan and Amir are a similar age, so they quickly become friends. One day, when Hassan and Amir are playing in the streets of Kabul, they encounter a group of boys who threaten to beat up Amir for befriending a Hazaras. Hassan attacks the kids with a slingshot, and the two boys escape the fight.
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It is so powerful that for a long time after, everything I read seemed bland' Isabel Allende 'A gripping read and a haunting story of love, loss and betrayal. Guaranteed to move even the hardest heart' Independent 'Shattering It speaks the most harrowing truth about the power of evil, personal and political, and intoxicates, like a high-flying kite, with the power of hope' Daily Telegraph 'Stunning and heartbreaking in its quiet intensity Hosseini's writing is meticulous and evocative' Guardian 'A marvellous first novel. It's an old-fashioned kind of novel that really sweeps you away' San Francisco Chronicle 'From the first lines of The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini shows how an engaging novel begins - with simple, exquisite writing that compels the reader to turn the page. But Hosseini's novel is more than just good writing, it is also a wonderfully conjured story that offers a glimpse into an Afghanistan most Americans have never seen and depicts a side of humanity rarely revealed It is rare that a book is at once so timely and of such high literary quality' Publishers Weekly 'Here is a real find: a striking debut.