- Author: Khaled Husseini
- Paperback: 343 pages
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408850257
- ISBN-13: 978-1408850251
- Size: 29 x 20cm
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 Amir's 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.
Amazon.com Review“‘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
“‘Hosseini's ability to reach the core of experiences of love and loss places him in the company of such fine chroniclers of the new America as Chang-rae Lee. The Kite Runner is a first novel of unusual generosity, honesty and compassion' ” – Independent
“'Unforgettable ... extraordinary. It is so powerful that for a long time after everything I read seemed bland'” – Isabel Allende
“‘The shattering first novel by Khaled Hosseini... a rich and soul-searching narrative ... a sharp, unforgettable taste of the trauma and tumult experienced by Afghanis as their country buckled'” – Observer
About the AuthorAbout the Author: An Afghan-American writer, Khaled Hosseini practiced medicine for over 10 years before becoming a full time writer post the success of his debut novel: The Kite Runner. Hosseini's other works include A Thousand Splendid Suns and And The Mountains Echoed. He is the founder of a non-profit organization, The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, which aims at providing humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. Hosseini is also a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Refugee Agency.