The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini“It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime.
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 Amirs 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.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini - review
The hardback edition sold respectfully, if not spectacularly, and Hosseini received some recognition as a first-time novelist, winning the Stephen Crane First Fiction Award among other honors. Most critics considered The Kite Runner a powerful first novel, but little was expected from the trade paperback edition that was published a year later. However, following the trade paperback's publication, booksellers' and readers' enthusiasm increased dramatically, turning The Kite Runner into a national sensation. In , friends began to pass the paperback edition of The Kite Runner to friends, family members, and reading groups; everyone seemed eager to share the story of Amir, Hassan, and Baba. The combination of hardback and paperback sales resulted in The Kite Runner being a top bestseller for , yet that was just the beginning. During the next four years, The Kite Runner would remain a top bestseller each and every year. But what seemed to be the most important aspect of the novel's growing popularity was the fact that Hosseini's novel was a gripping read.
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The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of Afghanistan's monarchy through the Soviet military intervention , the exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime. Hosseini has commented that he considers The Kite Runner to be a father—son story, emphasizing the familial aspects of the narrative, an element that he continued to use in his later works. The latter half of the book centers on Amir's attempts to atone for this transgression by rescuing Hassan's son two decades later. The Kite Runner became a bestseller after being printed in paperback and was popularized in book clubs. It was a number one New York Times bestseller for over two years,  with over seven million copies sold in the United States.