The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner Book Cover


Book: The Kite Runner
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Publication Date: May 29, 2003
Genre: Historical Fiction

Biography of Author

Khaled Hosseini is an Afghan-born American author and physician. He was born on March 4, 1965, in Kabul, Afghanistan and eventually moved to the United States in 1980. He was filling in as a specialist in California when he composed his first novel, The Kite Runner. Since the distribution of this book in 2003, The Kite Runner has turned into an adored book by numerous people and showed insight into Afghan culture for the Western audience. Hosseini is a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations Refugee Agency, and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit that provides humanitarian services to the people of Afghanistan.

Plot Summary

The Kite Runner is a story about the life of a young Pashtun boy named Amir who is coping with his childhood decisions that happened 26 years ago. He lives in Kabul, Afghanistan, in the richest area in the country. Amir grew up with wealth but didn’t have the loving attention and acceptance from his father, Baba. Ali and his son Hassan are their servants, both being of the Hazara minority ethnicity. Throughout his childhood, Hassan has always been by Amir’s side as a loyal and dedicated best friend.

Every year during the winter, it was a tradition for the Afghan community to hold a festival of kites. In this festival, the whole community gathers around to watch each other fight kites. A single victor will arise among hundreds by being the only kite left in the sky after a long day of cutting other competitor’s kites. Amir was an amazing kite flyer and Hassan was the best kite runner around. When Amir defeated the last kite to win the festival, Hassan promised to fetch the prized kite and return it to Amir. Hassan ran off into the streets of Kabul. When he did not return, Amir went looking for Hassan and discovered him cornered by Assef, a sociopathic bully, and his two followers. Amir stood and watched as his friend gets sexually violated by Assef. This guilty decision impacted Amir to the man that he is.

Several years later, the Roussi army has attacked the country of Afghanistan, forcing Baba and now 18-year-old Amir to flee the country to California. Here in America is where Amir is still haunted by Hassan’s rape each day while attending high school and college to become a writer. When Baba becomes very ill with cancer, Amir asks Soraya, a fellow Afghan refugee to marry him. Shortly after they got married, Baba dies. Soraya and Amir tried to have kids but failed and it is then when Amir receives a call from a man who was more of a father to him than his own, Rahim Khan. Rahim tells Amir of the unfortunate shooting of Hassan and his wife but that their son, Sohrab, is now in an orphanage. This is a chance for Amir to redeem himself for betraying Hassan by rescuing Sohrab from the horrid violence in Afghanistan.