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The kite runner
2003
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Fiction/Biography Profile
Characters
Amir (Male), Motherless, Wealthy, Son of one of Kabul's wealthiest businessmen
Hassan (Male), Motherless, Poor, Son of Amir's father's servant
Genre
Coming of age
Fiction
Psychological
Topics
Boys
Male friendship
Social classes
Fathers and sons
Jealousy
Betrayal
Guilt
Regret
Redemption
Setting
Kabul, Afghanistan - Asia
Afghanistan - Asia
California - West (U.S.)
Time Period
1970s-2000s -- 20th-21st century
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  Library Journal Review

Unknowingly half-brothers, Afghani boys Amir and Hassan bond as friends and fly kites together. But Hassan is Hazara, and his father works as a servant to Amir's wealthy Pashtun family. Anti-Hazara prejudice and vicious hazing from older boys uncover another difference between them: Hassan is physically courageous, Amir a coward. And Amir's shame leads him to spurn his friend, with disastrous consequences. But relocated to California decades later, Amir has a chance to make amends. Set in a turbulent Afghanistan and the U.S. expat community, the original novel sold millions of copies worldwide and made the American Library Association's list of most challenged books. Celoni and Andolfo are Italian artists; Celoni has done work for Disney. Verdict This beautiful and accessible adaptation with fleshed-out characters should bring Hosseini's compelling story of families and friendship in a torn-apart country to a wider and younger audience. With violence and sexual content more implied than explicit, for teens and up, depending on the library. Also being published in Arabic.-Martha Cornog, Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Seven years after the novel's publication and four years after the release of a motion picture, a faithful though streamlined graphic novel adaptation of Hosseini's bestseller appears. Amir was raised in privilege in Afghanistan, with Hassan, a member of the Hazara minority whose father is a servant in Amir's house, as his constant companion. Amir's jealousy over his father's affection for Hassan leads to a betrayal that breaks up the friendship. Hassan and his father move away, Amir and his father escape from Afghanistan during the Soviet war, and the tie seems broken forever. But 15 years later, Amir, now living in San Francisco, receives a call that sends him back to Afghanistan and straight into the heart of the darkest part of his history. The characters are strong-featured (though Hassan's cleft pallet, significant in the story, is all but invisible) and expressive, though murky coloring sometimes threatens to obscure linework. The art during Amir's recounting of his Afghan childhood is bathed in warm colors, contrasting well with the gray, muted colors of Afghanistan during Taliban rule. In a conflict that we now know has no easy solutions, a happy ending, while welcome, feels like nothing more than wishful thinking. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
The #1 New York Times bestselling debut novel that introduced Khaled Hosseini to millions of readers the world over. <br> <br> The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father's servant, caught in the tragic sweep of history, The Kite Runner transports readers to Afghanistan at a tense and crucial moment of change and destruction. A powerful story of friendship, it is also about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons--their love, their sacrifices, their lies.<br> <br> Since its publication in 2003 Kite Runner has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic of contemporary literature, touching millions of readers, and launching the career of one of America's most treasured writers.
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