The Kite Runner is the debutnovel written by Khaled Hosseini. The book was Published in 2003 by RiverheadBooks, it tells the story of a young boy name Amir lived in Wazir Akbar Khandistrict of Kabul. Hassan is his closest friend. The story is set against a backgroundof noisy events, from the fall of Afghanistan through the military interventionof Soviet Union the rise of the Taliban regime and migration of refugees toPakistan and the United States.
The book put on broad theme, oflife and love, brotherhood and bravery. It starts before Russian invasion in Afghanistan through military coupand would change the scenery of the beautiful Kabul forever. Though politicaldevelopments originally remain in the background, cultural issues of pre-warAfghanistan are presented personally by the author.As the novel starts, character,Amir who is the the son of a wealthy Sunni Pashtun businessman, is impendingmanhood. Hassan who is his friend and servant belongs to the socially mediocregroup of Shia Hazaras, setting the stage for pressures that remain central tothe story.
Amir and Hassan with their families live together in a wealthyneighborhood of Kabul. The Hazaras work as servants to their Pashtun betters,but are also part of the family, conflicting with the social norm.Amir’s father, lovingly called “Baba,” treats Hassan as asecond son and Amir is uncertain between feelings of admiration and hatred forhis honorable father. Likewise, his contradictory jealousy and appreciation ofHasan continually put their “friendship” on edge.
Hassan’s virtue was the only factor that gripsthe relationship together. Khalid Hosseini describes the household’s complexfamily changing aspects brightly. Some characters as completely hateful asAmir. Hosseini takes on jealousy, hatred, and injustice, conveying the readerto recognize with a character so dreadful that they shake to identify their ownunderstanding. The initial chapters make an atmosphere that promise to be amuch-needed deviation from typical stories of heroism and goodness.Amir’s character was actually the version of author’syounger self; some experiences seem too intense to be fictional.In the 1970’s one winter day after the kite tournament ofthe title, Amir’s weakness reaches its height when he refuses to help Hassan inhis shadiest hour. This attitude of Amir leads to the end of the “happy family”and spreads the seeds of self-loathing that will grow in Amir as he grows a man,generating a divide between himand his father.
While anarchy overcomes Afghanistan, the story jumps ahead numerousyears, as Amir and his father seek refuge in America. Author shares theproblems of being uprooted and the feelings of isolation experienced in leavingone’s motherland. But, the emotional development of the characters is morecentral to the plot.