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The Kite Runner
Transcript of The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner
The beginning of the book begins with a flashback. “I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975.” This was the night of the kite fights, when Amir chose not to help Hassan. Chapter 8 continues, “For a week, I barely saw Hassan." "And for the first time in my life, I couldn’t wait for spring. This is also when Amir and Hassan’s friendship begins to fall apart.
The Kite Runner deals with the country of Afghanistan from the 1970s to the year 2002. Like all places, Afghanistan has a long and complicated history, but it came to international attention only after the coup of 1973. In order to orient ourselves, let us look at Afghanistan's geography. The nation is located in Central Asia and is made up of thirty-four provinces. The country's capital is Kabul, which is also the capital of the northeast province of the same name. Afghanistan means "Land of Afghan," Afghan being a name the Pashtun majority used to describe themselves starting before the year 1000. It is bordered by Pakistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and for a short distance, China.
This is related to the book because it starts off introducing the people and the places. This article talks about the history of Afghanistan and the complicated history in 1973. It also talks about some of the geographic information.