The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini

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The Kite Runner, written by Khaled Hosseini, is a famous novel for its honest portrait of betrayal, and redemption. The novel is narrated by fictional character, Amir, who starts a new life in America with his wife, Soraya, and is a successful author who tries to escape from his haunted childhood in Afghanistan.. Amir is the son of wealthy Afghan businessman, Baba. The opening chapters are told by an older Amir explaining about his childhood. As a reader, one will notice that every joy experienced in his flashback is corrupted by his unatoned sin. Amir and Baba immigrate to America escaping the Russian invasion of Afghanistan in 1978. They leave their closest companion, Ali and his son, Hassan who worked for them as servants. After Amir immigrates, he settles as a husband and a successful author in the Afghan subculture of California. Amir eventually goes back to Afghanistan after Rahim Khan, his father’s friend, makes a phone call tells him “ There is a way to be good again.” Amir has now become a stranger to the war torn country as he does not recognize anything from his childhood. Amir goes on a journey on no man’s land to find redemption for him and his father. Betrayal and redemption come hand in hand in this novel. Khaled Hosseini applies these two themes to explain the events surrounding Amir. Khaled uses betrayal in the beginning of the novel to set the story and drives much of the novel’s action. Later on, Hosseini uses redemption as a quest to make up much

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