What issues are raised in The Kite Runner?

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Kite Runner is the unforgettable, beautifully told story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. They are reared in the same household and share the same wet nurse, but Amir and Hassan grow up in different worlds.

Amir is the son of a prominent and wealthy man, while Hassan, the son of Amir's father's servant, is a Hazara, member of a shunned ethnic minority. When the Soviets invade and Amir and his father flee the country for a new life in California, Amir thinks that he has escaped his past. Amir can't forget Hassan, however.

The Kite Runner is a novel about friendship, betrayal, and the price of loyalty. It is about class structure and culture.  It is about father/son relationships, and the power of politics. The novel also describes the rich culture and beauty of a land in the process of being destroyed. It is also about faith in education and learning about differences so tolerance can be achieved, as well as redemption.

Though the novel is full of violent and awful events, the author leaves us with a sense of hope for the future and also with a completely turned around opinion from the preconceived ideas we westerners might have about the middle eastern culture and their ideologies and belief system.


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