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The Kite Runner (Hardcover)

Author:  Khaled Hosseini
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1573222453
ISBN-13: 9781573222457
Sku: 31116639
Publish Date: 6/1/2003
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.5L x 1T
Pages:  336
Age Range:  22 to UP
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I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975. (from the first line)
An epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, takes readers from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the atrocities of the present. As emotionally gripping as it is tender, "The Kite Runner" is an unusual and powerful debut.
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Traces the unlikely friendship of a wealthy Afghanistani youth and a servant's son, in a tale that spans the final days of the nation's monarchy through the atrocities of the present day.
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This epic novel is set in Afghanistan, beginning in the days of the monarchy and reaching to the early 21st century. It was written by an Afghani--now a physician--whose family found asylum in the U.S. in 1980.This epic novel is set in Afghanistan, beginning in the days of the monarchy and reaching to the early 21st century. Amir is the son of a wealthy man; his best friend is Hassan, the son of his father's servant. Growing up in Kabul, the two share an idyllic childhood until a traumatic event--and Amir's act of cowardly betrayal--changes the nature of their friendship. Amir, who ends up in America, is tortured by his betrayal of Hassan, and he finds himself compelled to return, years later, to a Taliban-dominated Afghanistan to make amends. THE KITE RUNNER, written by an Afghani--now a physician--whose family found asylum in the U.S. in 1980--personalizes the conflicts in Afghanistan and the US involvement there. A debut novel, it was hailed by critics for its poetic prose and vivid characters.

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Kirkus Reviews
"Here's a real find: a striking debut from an Afghan now living in the US....Rather than settle for a coming-of-age or travails-of-immigrants story, Hosseini has folded them both into this searing spectacle of hard-won personal salvation. All this, and a rich slice of Afghan culture too: irresistible." 05/01/2003

New York Times Book Review
"...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." - Edward Hower 08/03/2003

Literary Review
"[A] passionate story about guilt, honour and forgiveness, enlivened both by its capacity to offer a valuable insider's view into a country much in the news, and by its wisdom about how life is all about the choices we make." - Lucy Beresford September 2003

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   18
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0336
Product attributePublisher:   Riverhead Books
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