The Kite Runner

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Penguin, 2003 - Fiction - 371 pages
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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 it is also about the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

The first Afghan novel to be written in English, The Kite Runner tells a sweeping story of family, love, and friendship against a backdrop of history that has not been told in fiction before, bringing to mind the large canvases of the Russian writers of the nineteenth century. But just as it is old-fashioned in its narration, it is contemporary in its subject-the devastating history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years. As emotionally gripping as it is tender, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful debut.
 

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The Kite Runner is simply the most American foreign novel I've ever read. For those who aren't clear on this, that's not a good thing. We'll come back to this... As a story, The Kite Runner starts a ... Read full review

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For some reason I thought this was autobiographical. Too much of it is deus ex machina or serendipitous for it to really work as fiction. For realistic fiction, I had to turn my "suspension of ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter ONE
1
Chapter TWO
3
Chapter THREE
12
Chapter FOUR
24
Chapter FIVE
35
Chapter SIX
48
Chapter SEVEN
59
Chapter EIGHT
80
Chapter FOURTEEN
190
Chapter FIFTEEN
195
Chapter SIXTEEN
203
Chapter SEVENTEEN
214
Chapter EIGHTEEN
224
Chapter NINETEEN
228
Chapter TWENTY
243
Chapter TWENTYONE
259

Chapter NINE
101
Chapter TEN
110
Chapter ELEVEN
125
Chapter TWELVE
143
Chapter THIRTEEN
166
Chapter TWENTYTWO
273
Chapter TWENTYTHREE
293
Chapter TWENTYFOUR
311
Chapter TWENTYFIVE
344
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About the author (2003)

Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and moved to the United States in 1980. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed. He is A U.S. Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations Refugee Agency, and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit that provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.

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