The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

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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
  • 104 x 176 x 20mm | 181.44g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Export and UK open market ed
  • 0747594899
  • 9780747594895
  • 22,815

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'The Kite Runner is a first novel of unusual generosity, honesty and compassion' Independent 'Shattering ... a rich and soul-searching narrative ... a sharp, unforgettable taste of the trauma and tumult experienced by Afghanis as their country buckled' Observer 'A devastating, masterful and painfully honest story ... it is a novel of great hidden intricacy and wisdom, like a timeless Eastern tale. It speaks the most harrowing truth about the power of evil' Daily Telegraph 'Unforgettable ... extraordinary. It is so powerful that for a long time after everything I read seemed bland' Isabel Allende
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About Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and moved to the United States in 1980. His first novel, The Kite Runner, was an international bestseller, published in thirty-four countries. In 2006 he was named a US goodwill envoy to the United Nations Refugee Agency. He lives in northern California.
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3 12% (229,482)
2 3% (60,935)
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The kite runner revolves around the friendship of two boys in Afghanistan, both of whose lives are changed forever by a singular event. Amir is the son of a rich Pashtun man while Hassan is a Hazara, son of Ali who is Amir's father's servant. Both young boys live in the city of Kabul and both love kite fighting. One day Amir wins the local kite fighting competition and his friend Hassan tries to retrieve the last kite cut. As Amir catches up with Hassan, he witnesses the unthinkable which changes the lives of both boys forever. The kite runner chronicles the life of people caught between their own problems and secrets and the ongoing war (at that time) between the Soviets and Afghanistan. Amir is a budding young writer who, through the course of the book, has to eventually give up his pampered life in Afghanistan to survive in the United States. The Kite runner is a story of love and friendship, of cowardice and bravery, of sin and redemption presented in the most beautiful way by the master storyteller Khaled Hosseini. A wonderful read for readers of all backgrounds.show more
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