The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini

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Title: The title “The Kite Runner” is symbolic as fighting kites and the kite runnings are impacting moments in the novel. Hassan was the best kite runner in Kabul, if not the whole country, after Amir won the kite fighting the running of that last blue kite triggered the monumental changes for Amir. For the beginning of the story the kite running was associated with Hassan’s rape and Amir’s grief. As kites appear throughout the story, they begin Amir’s story and also end it. Amir flying the kite with Sohrab gave the first glimmer of hope to a better future, a smile from Sohrab. Amir then ran the kite for Sohrab repeating the words Hassan had said to him that winter day in 1975, “For you a thousand times over” (pg. 171 paragraph 6)

Author: “The Kite Runner” is a historical fiction coming of age story. Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul in 1965. His father was a diplomat for the Afghan Foreign Affairs, his mother taught Farsi and history at a high school in Kabul. In 1976 the Embassy relocated the family to Paris. As Afghanistan was crumbling amongst the communist seizure of the Soviet Army, the Hosseini’s attempts to return to Kabul were no more. Instead the family relocated to the United States, San Jose, California. Khaled Hosseini published his first novel in 2003, immediately becoming an international bestseller. In 2006 Hosseini was named the Goodwill Envoy to the UNHC. Inspired by an eye opening trip into Afghanistan, along side the UNHCR, the Khaled Hosseini

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