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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.
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 intertwined lives and their fates reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them. 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 and apparently dissolved when Amir and his father flee to California to escape the Soviet invasion, leaving Hassan and his own gentle father to a terrible fate. But years later, an old family friend calls Amir from Pakistan and reminds him: “There’s a way to be good again.” And Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.
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.
About the Author
KHALED HOSSEINI was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and moved to the United States in 1980. His first novel, The Kite Runner, was an instant international bestseller, in over fifty territories. In 2006, he was named a US Envoy to UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency. His second novel, the number one national bestseller, A Thousand Splendid Suns, was published in 2007. Hosseini’s two novels have sold over 37 million copies. In 2007, Khaled started The Khaled Hosseini Foundation to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan to help alleviate suffering and build healthy communities. He lives in Northern California.