Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)
Published: February 24, 2009
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307371557
ISBN - 13: 9780307371553
From the Publisher
"I sat on a bench near a willow tree and watched a pair of
kites soaring in the sky. I thought about something Rahim Khan said
just before he hung up, almost as an afterthought, 'There is a way
to be good again.'"
Now in paperback, one of the year's international literary
sensations -- a shattering story of betrayal and redemption set in
Amir and Hassan are childhood friends in the alleys and orchards of
Kabul in the sunny days before the invasion of the Soviet army and
Afghanistan's decent into fanaticism. Both motherless, they grow up
as close as brothers, but their fates, they know, are to be
different. Amir's father is a wealthy merchant; Hassan's father is
his manservant. Amir belongs to the ruling caste of Pashtuns,
Hassan to the despised Hazaras.
This fragile idyll is broken by the mounting ethnic, religious, and
political tensions that begin to tear Afghanistan apart. An
unspeakable assault on Hassan by a gang of local boys tears the
friends apart; Amir has witnessed his friend's torment, but is too
afraid to intercede. Plunged into self-loathing, Amir conspires to
have Hassan and his father turned out of the household.
When the Soviets invade Afghanistan, Amir and his father flee to
San Francisco, leaving Hassan and his father to a pitiless fate.
Only years later will Amir have an opportunity to redeem himself by
returning to Afghanistan to begin to repay the debt long owed to
the man who should have been his brother.
Compelling, heartrending, and etched with details of a history
never before told in fiction, The Kite Runner is a
story of the ways in which we're damned by our moral failures, and
of the extravagant cost of redemption.
From the Trade Paperback edition.