The Kite Runner Overview (start)

Our Story is set at the time of 1975 before the Russian invasion in Kabul, Afghanistan. The main character, Amir, is looking back at his childhood and how it has had a profound effect on his life. Amir’s father, Baba, is a very successful businessman who is a cold hard man that is disappointed in his son. They are of the high-caste Pashtun and are Sunni Muslims. Amir’s best, Hassan is the son of the loyal servant Ali. They are both low-caste Hazara and are Shi’a muslims. Amir is the leader and Hassan is the follower, Hassan is uneducated whereas Amir loves poetry and writing which disappoints his father who wants him to like football. Rahim Khan is Baba’s friend who is kind and shows an interest in Amir and his writing. Farsi is the language of Afghanistan and there are numerous Farsi and Muslim words used in the novel. 




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