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The kite runner - Khaled Hosseini
Call Number: Library - Adult Fiction F HOS
ISBN: 9781408824856
Publication Date: 2011
Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the approval of his father and resolves to win the local kite-fighting tournament, to prove that he has the makings of a man. His loyal friend Hassan promises to help him - for he always helps Amir - but this is 1970s Afghanistan and Hassan is merely a low-caste servant who is jeered at in the street, although Amir still feels jealous of his natural courage and the place he holds in his father's heart. But neither of the boys could foresee what would happen to Hassan on the afternoon of the tournament, which was to shatter their lives. After the Russians invade and the family is forced to flee to America, Amir realises that one day he must return, to find the one thing that his new world cannot grant him: redemption.

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The kite runner [videorecording] - directed by Marc Forster
Call Number: Library - Audio-visual F KIT
Publication Date: 2008
In a divided country on the verge of war, two childhood friends, Amir and Hassan, are about to be torn apart forever. It's a glorious afternoon in Kabul and the skies are bursting with the exhilarating joy of a kite-fighting tournament. But in the aftermath of the day's victory, one boy's fearful act of betrayal will mark their lives forever and set in motion an epic quest for redemption. Now, after twenty years of living in America, Amir returns to a perilous Afghanistan under the Taliban's iron-fisted rule to face the secrets that still haunt him and take one last daring chance to set things right.

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The Kite Runner Graphic Novel - Khaled Hosseini
Call Number: Library - Graphic Novels F HOS
ISBN: 9781594485473
Publication Date: 2011
The perennial bestseller-now available as a sensational new graphic novel. Since its publication in 2003, nearly 7 million readers have discovered The Kite Runner. Through Khaled Hosseini's brilliant writing, a previously unknown part of the world was brought to vivid life for readers. Now, in this beautifully illustrated graphic novel adaptation, Hosseini brings his compelling story to a new generation of readers.

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The kite runner, by Khaled Hosseini (Cambridge Wizard Student Guide) - Sue Sherman; Richard McRoberts (Contribution by)
Call Number: 813.6 (ENG)
ISBN: 9780521682343
Publication Date: 2006
The Kite Runner, by Afghanistan-born, American Khaled Hosseini, confronts readers with sometimes difficult truths and deep moral issues of loyalty, kinship and faith. Amir and Hassan are inseparable childhood friends in Afghanistan, though Amir is the son of a rich man and Hassan is a lower caste servant. Amir betrays his friend with catastrophic results, but years later he finds a way to redeem his guilt. Written by an experienced teacher, this guide offers you background notes on the writer and the events in Afghanistan, as well as on the genre, structure and style of the text. You are given a storyboard synopsis of the novel, then taken through it chapter by chapter, with key quotes highlighted and teacher explanations to draw out the sub text. To extend your understanding and interpretation, this guide also includes comprehensive notes on characters, themes, advice on writing an exam answer, and two full length A+ essays on the text.



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   The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, follows the maturation of Amir, a male from Afghanistan who needs to find his way in the world as he realizes that his own belief system is not that of his dominant culture. Set in Afghanistan and the United States, The Kite Runner is a bildungsroman that illustrates the similarities as well as the differences between the two countries and the two vastly different cultures. It is the story of both fathers and sons and friends and brothers, and it is a novel about right and wrong and the nature of evil. Published in 2003 to great critical and popular acclaim, The Kite Runner is considered a contemporary classic.

Key facts of the book


Full title ·  The Kite Runner

Author · Khaled Hosseini

Type of work · Novel

Genre · Bildungsroman; Redemption story

Language · English

Time and place written · Los Angeles, CA; 2001 - 2003

Date of first publication · May 2003

Publisher · Riverhead Books

Narrator ·  The Kite Runner is narrated by Amir four days after the final events of his decades-long story.

Point of view · The narrator speaks in the first person, primarily describing events that occurred months and years ago. The narrator describes these events subjectively, explaining only how he experienced them. At one point, another character briefly narrates a chapter from his own point of view.

Tone · The tone is confessional, expressing profound remorse throughout the story

Tense · Past tense with extended flashbacks

Setting (time) · 1975 through 2001

Setting (place) · Kabul, Afghanistan; California, United States

Protagonist · Amir

Major conflict · After failing to intervene in the rape of his friend Hassan, Amir wrestles with his guilt and tries to find a way to atone for his actions.

Rising action · Forced out of Afghanistan by the Soviet invasion, Amir flees to the United States, where he tries to rebuild his life until an old friend offers him a way to make amends for his past.

Climax · Amir returns to Kabul, where he finds Hassan’s son, Sohrab, and encounters Assef, the man that raped Hassan twenty-six years earlier.

Falling action · Amir rescues Sohrab from a life of physical and sexual abuse and struggles to learn how he and Sohrab can recover from the traumas each has endured.

Themes · The search for redemption; the love and tension between fathers and sons; friendship; betrayalthe intersection of political events and private lives; the persistence of the past

Motifs · Rape; irony; regressing in time

Symbols · The cleft lip; kites; pomegranate tree; slingshot

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