The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

the-kite-runneThe Kite Runner, the debut novel of Khaled Hosseni, narrates the story of Amir, a rich boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, and his unlikely friendship with Hassan, a Hazara son of the servant of the house, Ali.

Themes: class conflict; repetition of motif across generations- planting money under the mattress of Hassan and Wahid, Sohrab and Hassan pointing a slingshot at Aasef (254); home across spaces (Kabul, Afghanistan; Islamabad and Karachi, Pakistan; and San Francisco); male solidarity among the Afghan immigrants in SF; childbirth and adoption (Amir’s family in Afghanistan, surrogate father in Rahim Khan, Soraya’s infertility and the adoption of Hassan’s son, Sohrab); and family history and secrets (spoiler alert: Hassan is Amir’s half-brother, Soraya’s running away. her parents’ habits and manners (154)). Continue reading