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The Kite Runner
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Winter, 1975: Afghanistan ? a country hidden in the corner of Asia, ruled over by a fading monarchy on the verge of an internal coup. But in Kabul, twelve-year-old Amir has his own concerns. He is desperate to win the annual kite-fighting tournament to prove to his father that he has the makings of a man. Amir?s friend Hassan is a low-caste Muslim and the son of a crippled servant but nevertheless the two boys play together and defend each other against the neighbourhood?s bullies. However, during the tournament, Amir takes advantage of Hassan?s guileless devotion and commits a terrible act of betrayal which is to shatter their lives and define their future. Amir finds that he can never escape the far-reaching consequences of his actions. Unfolding against Afghanistan?s destructive history, from the fall of the monarchy to the terrifying oppression of the Taliban, The Kite Runner is the breathtaking story of fathers and sons, friendship and redemption, and, most horrifyingly, the casualties of fate.
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Longlisted for the 2005 IMPAC literary award

About the Author

Khaled Hosseini was born in Afghanistan and his family received political asylum in the USA in 1980. He is a doctor and lives in California. The Kite Runner is his first novel.

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'This is one of those unforgettable stories that stay with you for years ... It is so powerful that for a long time after, everything I read seemed bland' Isabel Allende (author of 'The House of the Spirits') 'A story of fierce cruelty and fierce yet redeeming love ... vivid and engaging' New York Times 'The shattering first novel by Khaled Hosseini... a rich and soul-searching narrative ... a sharp, unforgettable taste of the trauma and tumult experienced by Afghanis as their country buckled.' Observer

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