Who Is Khaled Hosseini´s The Kite Runner?

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Part One The Kite Runner is a fiction novel written by Khaled Hosseini. Hosseini was born in Afghanistan and has lived in the United States since 1980. The Kite Runner was his first novel and was published in 2003 by TKR Publications, LLC. Part Two The Kite Runner tells the story of Amir, a boy from Kabul, Afghanistan, as he grows up in one of the most violent times Afghanistan has ever faced. The novel starts with Amir as a child and follows him far into adulthood. Amir started off as the son of a very rich and popular man in Kabul, but after Amir makes a decision, resulting in the harm of his friend and servant Hassan that will haunt him for years to come, his life takes a turn for the worse. The monarchy is destroyed and Kabul, along with all of Afghanistan, falls to war. Amir and his father escape as refugees and make their way to America, where they must adjust to a very different lifestyle than they had been accustomed to. Now finding themselves on the opposite end of the socio-economic spectrum, Amir and his father learn to be more accepting of…show more content…
Smith’s review for The Guardian of The Kite Runner shared some critiques on Hosseini’s novel. While praising its start as a “fiercely moral but subtly told story,” she claims it goes on to become an “unconvincing melodrama,” a statement with which I can’t help but disagree with. Perhaps some readers would have been satisfied with an easy ending, with little conflict and with all the loose ends tied up, but a majority likely preferred the “series of cringe-making coincidences,” that allowed the story to come full circle. Smith states, “The final plot twist is a tug too many on the reader’s heartstrings and evokes impatience, rather than distress,” arguing that Hosseini was “over-egging the pudding” which I feel is an overstatement. The emotion the final third of the book evoked was extremely strong, labeling the events that occurred as convenient coincidences takes away from the emotional power they
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