The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Khaled Hosseini was born March 4, 1965 in a small province called Kabul in Afghanistan. His fathered served as a diplomat to the Afghan Foreign Ministry while his mother served as a teacher at a large high school in Kabul- teaching Farsi and History to the students there. Two years after Khaled was born, the Afghan Foreign Ministry located his family to Paris. Shortly after they were relocated the Soviet Army invaded, giving way to a series of bloody communists coups- in 1980. Hosseinis sought refuge to America shortly after the coups; they were granted political asylum to America through the Afghan Government. That same year- in the September of 1980- the Hosseinis moved to San Jose, California, to begin their new lives there as American citizens. In 1984 Khaled graduated from his high school in San Jose and applied for college at Santa Clara University where he studied and obtained his Bachelors for Biology in 1988.
Shortly after receiving his Bachelors degree in biology, he applied to California- San Diego’s School of Medicine to earn his medical degree. In 1993, Khaled, graduated from San Diego’s School of Medicine and received his Medical Degree, he later used his skills to work at the Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles, California. Becoming a high-end practicing internist (a internist is a specialist in diseases affecting internal organs: a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and nonsurgical treatment of diseases affecting the internal organs) between 1996 and 2004. During his time at the Cedars-Sinai hospital, Khaled began writing one of his best selling novels of all time- The Kite Runner- in March 2001. In 2003 Khaled’s novel- The Kite Runner- became an instant bestseller, national and internationally. The novel was published in 70 countries, and in America alone, his novel sold over more than four million copies. And in 2006 the United Nations Refuge Agency or the UNHCR for short, named him the goodwill envoy of the year. Khaled has also written another best selling novel- A Thousand Splendid Suns-which the sequel to The Kite Runner, and has been published in 60 different countries. Section 2)
The genre presented to the reader from the novel The Kite Runner, is one of historical fiction. This is because the story is similar and parallel to the authors past, yet the story is not about him. The story is focused in on the early stages of characters life, and the struggles and hardships that the character goes through and derives from. Then the story zooms out and gets a broader view of the characters life as he grow up into being a man, and the challenges that he also faces at becoming a man. Also the novel has to do with actual past events in the history of Afghanistan and how the character survives through those events. Section 3)
‘The Kite Runner’ is a very unique title. It is a title that represents life and the human spirit. Yet it can also represent freedom and the freedom you have of being able to run away from the hardships and troubles in life. It also can be seen as a ‘path or redemption’ if you will. The art of ‘flying a kite’ or running with a kite is a national sport in Afghanistan. Kite running to the Afghan people, is the same as football, to the American people. The title also refers to Hassan, whose a close friend of Amirs, who is the narrator and protagonist in the novel. This is an event that always changes the boys hearts and minds, Amir always wins the kite running race with the help of Hassan. Yet whenever Hassan needs Amir the most, he is nowhere to be found. Which is why the reader gets the sense that the title refers to a ‘path of redemption’, since Amir feels horrible and disgusted about his decision in life and seeks out Hassan’s forgiveness. Section 4)
There are a variety of settings in The Kite Runner, the beginning of the story takes place in the San Francisco Golden State Park where Amir is reminiscing back...
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