The Kite Runner, written by Khaled Hosseini, tells the extraordinary story of an unlikely friendship between a wealthy Afghan boy, named Amir, and Hassan, the son of his father’s servant — who he later finds out, after Hassan’s death, has always been his half-brother. The novel is set in Kabul, Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion in 1978, and depicts life in a nation that is in the process of being ravaged and destroyed. It is about the harshness of violence and rape; the power of education; the price of betrayal and the struggle for redemption; and the power fathers have over their sons.
An unforgettably inspiring story of family, love, salvation, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is a powerful novel that has become an instant classic.
Danny Burke ’19