The Kite Runner is a heart-touching story about Amir and his loyal friend Hassan.
Afghanistan, 1975: 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.
“‘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
Khaled Hosseini is one of most widely read and beloved novelists in the world, with over 38 million copies of his books sold in more than seventy countries. ‘The Kite Runner‘ was a major motion picture and was a Book of the Decade, chosen by The Times, Daily Telegraph and Guardian. ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns‘ was the Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year in 2008. Khaled Hosseini’s latest book is And the Mountains Echoed.
Hosseini is also a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Refugee Agency and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit organisation which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. He was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and lives in northern California.
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