The Kite runner Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner Paperback

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About The Book

A story based predominantly in Afghanisthan, The Kite Runner is about an uncanny friendship in the middle of a country which is on the verge of facing a major crisis. While Amir is the son of a wealthy Wazir, Hassan's father works as the Wazir's servant and he belongs to the despised Hazara community. They are closest of friends despite these differences. Amir enjoys flying kites and Hassan, who has an unusual instinct of exactly where a downed kite will land, is his kite runner.

Their peaceful life is destroyed when something unthinkable happens during the Kabul's annual kite-fighting tournament. Something terrible happens to Hassan while the Russian invasion compels Amir's family to move to America eventually. One day Amir returns to Afghanistan to seek redemption.

A story based on the time when the Soviet Union's attacks on Afghanistan were rampant and the Taliban regime was rising, The Kite Runner is deeply moving and thoroughly heart wrenching. It provides a different perspective altogether on Afghanistan with brilliant insights into different relations including pure friendship and a father-son relationship.

The Kite Runner is published by Bloomsbury Publishing India Private Limited and this is the 10th edition, published on 21 May 2013 and is available in paperback.

Key Features

  • The Kite Runner maintained a number one position on the New York Times bestseller list for over two years.
  • The book was adapted into a film in the year 2007.

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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 Author

About 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.

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Khaled Hosseini