Summary: The Kite Runner, a coming of age novel set in Afghanistan and the United States, illustrates the similarities as well as the differences between two countries and two very different cultures. It is the story of complex relationships between fathers and sons, friends and brothers and the lifelong impact of a single incident. Published in 2003 to great critical and popular acclaim, The Kite Runner is considered a contemporary classic.
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"This powerful first novel...tells the story of fierce cruelty and fierce yet redeeming love. Both transform the life of Amir, Khaled Hosseini's privileged young narrator, who comes of age during the last peaceful days of the monarchy, just before his country's revolution and its invasion by Russian forces. But political events, even as dramatic as the ones that are presented in The Kite Runner, are only a part of this story. In The Kite Runner, Khaled 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."
— The New York Times Book Review
"Brilliant, startling plot twists make this book memorable both as a political chronicle and a deeply personal tale about how childhood choices affect our adult lives." (excerpt)
— Publisher's Weekly, May 12, 2003, p. 43
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