The Kite Runner

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Penguin, Apr 27, 2004 - Fiction - 400 pages
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The #1 New York Times bestselling debut novel that introduced Khaled Hosseini to millions of readers the world over.
The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, caught in the tragic sweep of history, The Kite Runner transports readers to Afghanistan at a tense and crucial moment of change and destruction. A powerful story of friendship, it is also about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.
Since its publication in 2003 Kite Runner has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic of contemporary literature, touching millions of readers, and launching the career of one of America's most treasured writers.

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User Review  - Gerta - Goodreads

Even though the protagonist made a huge mistake about not being strong and protecting his friend, so that he wouldn't get raped, in the end after he found out that his friend had a child and made ... Read full review

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User Review  - Aruna Arriane - Goodreads

Started reading this book just 2 weeks back. I never expected that the kite runner will move me deep inside like this. I enjoyed the book thoroughly. Of course, some people will consider 'enjoy' is ... Read full review

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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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