The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner : 21 Great Bloomsbury Reads for the 21st Century

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Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the approval of his father and resolves to win the local kite-fighting tournament, to prove that he has the makings of a man. His loyal friend Hassan promises to help him - for he always helps Amir - but this is 1970s Afghanistan and Hassan is merely a low-caste servant who is jeered at in the street, although Amir still feels jealous of his natural courage and the place he holds in his father's heart. But neither of the boys could foresee what would happen to Hassan on the afternoon of the tournament, which was to shatter their lives. After the Russians invade and the family is forced to flee to America, Amir realises that one day he must return, to find the one thing that his new world cannot grant him: redemption.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 28mm | 381.02g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 21st birthday celebratory ed
  • 0747590036
  • 9780747590033
  • 563,113

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'A gripping read and a haunting story of love, loss and betrayal. Guaranteed to move even the hardest heart' Independent 'Shattering devastating and inspiring' Observer 'Harrowing yet exhilarating The beautifully honed prose and the perfectly controlled narrative keep a tight rein on the horrors that unfold in this haunting, morally complex tale' Daily Telegraph 'Stunning and heartbreaking in its quiet intensity Hosseini's writing is meticulous and evocative' Guardian
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About Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini was born in Afghanistan and his family received political asylum in the USA in 1980. He is a doctor and lives in California. The Kite Runner is his first novel.
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