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The Kite Runner

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on 29 April 2010

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Transcript of The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini About the author born in Kabul, Afghanistan
(1965) son of Afghani foreign diplomat relocated to U.S. To learn more visit
khaledhosseini.com About the Novel coming-of-age fiction/ bildungsroman published May 2003 setting: 1975-2001 in Afghanistan and USA Summary A story of one man's enduring struggle to
redeem himself for past transgressions, The Kite
Runner displays the resilience of the human spirit
despite personal turmoil. The novel further provides
a more intimate account of a war-ravaged
Afghanistan through fictional,
yet historically-based prose. Themes and Excerpts Honor, redemption and the past Struggle between father and son "A boy who won't stand up for himself becomes a man who won't stand up for anything." "... but it's wrong what they say about the past, I've learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out. " Cultural differences, politics and war "War doesn't negate decency. It demands it, even more than in times of peace." Critics' Corner "Hosseini's depiction of pre-revolutionary Afghanistan is rich in warmth and humor but also tense with the friction between the nation's different ethnic groups. Hosseini gives us a vivid and engaging story that reminds us how long his people have been struggling to triumph over the forces of violence-- forces that continue to threaten them even today." ~Edward Hower, NY Times
"...an incisive, perceptive examination of recent Afghan history and its ramifications in both America and the Middle East... that succeeds in exploring the culture of a previously obscure nation." ~ Publishers Weekly Pashtuns (sunnis) Hazaras (Shiites) In REview good for all interests historical fiction wide range of themes
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