The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini

Name: The Kite Runner 
Author: Khaled Hosseini 
Genre : Historical 

A word on the author : Khaled Hosseini is a UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) goodwill ambassador. He was born in Afghanistan (Partially where this story is placed in) . Hosseini was born in 1965 and when he was 15 years old his family moved to the United States, where he later became a naturalized citizen. Later, when he returned back to Afghanistan in 2003, a similar experience to that of the protagonist in this book. In later interviews he admitted to feeling Survivors guilt.

This book is a gateway into many things in life. The book tries its best to give you a view of a traumatic experience of a person’s life. The protagonist is a boy named Amir: a desperate twelve year old trying to win the local kite flying contest with his adopted brother Hassan (A Shi’a Muslim). However, a traumatic event happens on the same day that shatters their lives forever. Amir knows since the day he left that he needs to return, to get what his new world cannot grant him : Redemption

Some Key words in the book :

  • Paralyzed
  • Resignation
  • Killed
  • Burning
  • Life
  • Suicide
  • Hazara

Reviewed by: Chandupa Lekamge, Daharmaraja College, Kandy 

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