Introduction to The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner, spanning Afghan history from the final days of the monarchy to the present, tells the story of a friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Though raised in the same household and sharing the same wet nurse, Amir and Hassan grow up in different worlds: Amir is the son of a prominent and wealthy man, while Hassan , the son of Amir’s father’s servant, is a Hazara. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them. When the Soviets invade and Amir and his father flee the country for a new life in  California, Amir thinks that he has escaped his past. And yet he cannot leave the memory of Hassan behind him.

Themes in this novel:

• Bullying
• Role of books, literacy
• Friendship, guilty & redemption
• Fathers & sons
• Coming of Age
• Resilience of the human spirit
• Man’s inhumanity to man
• Discrimination, prejudice, bigotry, class structure
• Master/slave relationships: loyalty & devotion vs. duty

Taken from:

Here is the link to the book: The Kite Runner

Graphic Novel, HERE

Let’s watch an interview with the  author, kHALED Hosseini


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