Living in Afghanistan in the 1960s, Amir enjoys a life of privilege that is shaped by his brotherly friendship with Hassan, his servant's son. Amir lives in constant want of his father's attention, feeling that he is a failure in his father's eyes. Hassan, on the other hand, seems to be able to do no wrong. Their friendship is a complex tapestry of love, loss, privilege, and shame. Striving to be the son his father always wanted, Amir takes on the weight of living up to unrealistic expectations and places the fate of his relationship with his father on the outcome of a kite running tournament, a popular challenge in which participants must cut down the kites of others with their own kite. The kite fighting tournament was an old tradition in Afghanistan. It started early in the morning on the day of the contest and did not end until the winning kite flew in the sky. People gathered in the streets and roofs of their homes to cheer for the kids. The streets filled with kite fighters, jerking and tugging on their lines, trying to gain position to cut the oppenent's line.
Amir wins the tournament. Yet just as he begins to feel that all will be right in the world, a tragedy occurs with his friend Hassan in a back alley on the very streets where the boys once played. This... [continues]
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