Check out my The Kite Runner book summary and review that I created to help you understand the basics of this great book. The Kite Runner is the first novel by Afghan writer Khaled Hosseini . Published in 2003 by Riverhead Books , it tells the story of Amir, a boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul , whose best friend is Hassan. 

The Kite Runner

The story is set in a context of tumultuous conflict and events, from the fall of the Afghan monarchy due to Soviet military intervention , the exodus of refugees to Pakistan . and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime .

According to Hosseini, The Kite Hunter is a story about the relationship between a father and his son that emphasizes the familiar aspects of the narrative, an element that he continued to use in his later work.

 The themes of guilt and redemption occupy a prominent place in the novel, with a key scene depicting an act of violence against Hassan that Amir cannot stop. The second half of the book focuses on Amir's attempts to atone for this transgression by rescuing Hassan's son, more than two decades after the incident.

The kite hunter became one of the best sellers after being printed in pocket format and became popular in reading clubs. For two years, it was the best-selling book, according to The New York Times , with more than seven million copies sold in the United States.

Criticism has been generally positive, although some parts of the argument have sparked significant controversy in Afghanistan.  Numerous adaptations of the play were created after the release, including the 2007 film The Kite Runner , theatrical performances.and a graphic novel. 

The Kite Runner Book Summary:

Part I

Amir, a Pashtun boy from a wealthy family, and Hassan, a Hazara son of Amir's servant, spend their days flying kites in the peaceful city of Kabul. Hassan is the best "kite hunter" for Amir; he knows where the kite will land without even looking at it. 

Amir's father, a wealthy businessman whom Amir affectionately calls Baba , loves the two boys, but he is especially critical of Amir, whom he considers weak and lacking in courage. Amir finds a kinder paternal figure in Rahim Khan, Baba's best friend, who understands and supports him in his interest in writing, while Baba considers that interest only worthy of women.

Assef, an older boy with a sadistic taste for violence, mocks Amir for socializing with a Hazara, who he says are an inferior race whose members belong only to Hazarajat . One day, he was willing to slap Amir with an American fist, but Hassan defends Amir by threatening to shoot him in the eye with his slingshot . Assef backs away but swears that one day he will have his revenge.

One triumphant day, Amir wins a kite-fighting competition and finally gets Baba's approval. Hassan runs in search of the last kite, a great trophy, and tells Amir, "For you, I would do it a thousand times over." However, after finding the kite, Hassan finds Assef in a ditch. Hassan doesn't hand him the kite and Assef knits it in and then sees it. 

Amir witnesses everything but is too scared to intervene. He knows that if he doesn't come home with the kite, Baba will be less proud of him. For this reason, he feels incredibly guilty but knows that his cowardice would destroy his relationship with Baba, so he is silent about the incident. Afterwards, Amir is distant with Hassan; his feelings of guilt prevent him from interacting with the child.

Amir begins to think that life would be a lot easier if Hassan didn't live with him, so he hides his watch and some money under the bed in hopes that Baba will throw him out of there; Hassan falsely confesses to his theft when he confronts Baba. 

Although Baba believes "there is nothing more unfortunate than stealing," he forgives her. However, Hassan and Ali leave the house anyway. Amir is freed from the daily reminder of his betrayal, but still lives in his shadow.

Part II

In 1979, five years later, the Soviet Union intervened militarily in Afghanistan. Amir and Baba escape to Peshawar , Pakistan , and then to Fremont , California , where they settle in an apartment. Baba starts working at a gas station. After finishing high school, Amir goes to classes at San Jose State University to develop her writing skills. Every Sunday, Baba and Amir make extra money by selling items at an urban market in San Jose . 

There, Amir meets Soraya Taheri and her family. Baba is diagnosed with cancerterminal but grants Amir one last favor: to ask permission from Soraya's father to marry Amir. He agrees and the two marry. Shortly afterwards, Baba dies. Amir and Soraya establish a happy marriage, but in spite of it, they realize that they cannot have children.

Amir embarks on a successful career as a novelist. Fifteen years after the wedding, Amir receives a call from his father's best friend (and his father figure in childhood) Rahim Khan, who is dying, and asks him to see them in Peshawar. He tells Amir, "There's a way to be good again."

Part III

When he meets with Rahim Khan, Amir discovers that Ali died because of a mine and that Hassan and his wife were killed when Hassan opposed the Taliban confiscating Baba and Amir's house in Kabul. Rahim Khan also reveals to him that Ali was barren, and that he was not Hassan's biological father. 

Hassan was in fact Baba's son and Amir's half-brother. Finally, he tells Amir that the real reason he called him to Pakistan is to rescue Sohrab, Hassan's son, who is in an orphanage in Kabul.

Amir, accompanied by Farid, an Afghan driver and veteran of the war against the Soviets, goes in search of Sohrab. When they arrive in Kabul, they find that the Taliban often go to the orphanage, give them money, and often take a girl with them. 

Occasionally, they pick a child, and Sohrab was the newest they took. The director of the orphanage tells Amir how to find the officer who took him, and Farid gets a date at his house claiming to have "personal business" with him.

Amir meets this man, who turns out to be Assef. Sohrab is detained at Assef's house. Assef agrees to give up Sohrab if Amir manages to defeat him in a fight. Assef brutally knits on Amir, breaking several of his bones, until Sohrab uses his slingshot to embed a stone in Assef's eye. Sohrab helps Amir get out of the house, and when she wants to realize, Amir wakes up in a hospital.

Amir tells Sohrab of his plans to take him with him to America and possibly adopt him. However, US authorities require documentary evidence that Sohrab is indeed an orphan. Amir tells Sohrab that he must return to an orphanage for a short time as they have encountered a problem in the adoption process, and Sohrab, terribly horrified at the thought of returning, tries to commit suicide. 

Amir manages to find a way to take him to the United States. After adoption, Sohrab refuses any interaction with Amir or Soraya until he rediscovers the pleasure of flying kites and Hassan's old tricks in air combat. At the end Sohrab smiles slightly, but Amir runs to pick up the comet they won while telling Sohrab, "For you, I would do it a thousand times over."

The Kite Runner Book Review:

Khaled Hosseini worked as an intern at Kaiser Hospital in Mountain View, California for several years before publishing The Kite Runner .  In 1999, Hosseini learned through the news that the Taliban had banned kite flying in Afghanistan, a restriction he found particularly cruel. 

The news "touched a sensitive fiber" for him, as he had grown up practicing the sport while living in Afghanistan, and motivated him to write a 25-page short story about two kite-flying boys in Kabul .  Hosseini sent copies to Esquire and The New Yorker , but the two refused.  He rediscovered the manuscript in his garage in March 2001 and began expanding the story into a novel, following the advice of a friend.  

According to Hosseini, the narrative became "darker" than originally intended. Her editor, Cindy Spiegel, "helped her rewrite the last third of her manuscript," something she described as relatively common for a first novel.  

Like Hosseini's subsequent novels, The Kite Hunter spans a multigenerational period and focuses on the relationship between parents and children. The latter was unintentional, and Hosseini developed an interest in the subject during the writing process. 

He later reported that he often came up with parts of the plot by drawing pictures of it. For example, he did not decide to make Amir and Hassan brothers until he "drew" them. 

Like Amir, the protagonist of the novel, Hosseini was born in Afghanistan but left the country in his youth, and did not return until 2003.  For this reason, he was often asked about the scope of the book's autobiographical aspects. 

 He said in response, "When I say something like this to me, people seem dissatisfied. The parallels are pretty obvious, but ... I left some things ambiguous because I wanted to drive reading clubs crazy."   Having left the country during the time of the Soviet invasion, he felt a certain sense of guilt for the survivor: "Every time I read stories about Afghanistan, my reaction was always tinged with guilt. 

Many of my childhood friends had a very bad time. Some One of our cousins ​​died, one of whom died in a fuel truck trying to escape from Afghanistan [an incident that Hosseini fictitiously picks up in the book. He talks about guilt. a shot. " 

Regardless, he argues that the plot is fictional. He later wrote his second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns(then titled Dreaming in Titanic City ), Hosseini commented that he was happy that the main characters were women and that this "should put an end to the autobiographical question once and for all." 

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