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  • Simon and Schuster released the audio book version of The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini in 2003. The author reads the audio book version. In audio form, the novel runs twelve hours and spans eight cassette tapes or eleven CDs.

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Hosseini, Khaled, The Kite Runner, Riverhead Books, 2003.

Hower, Edward, "The Servant," in the New York Times Book Review, August 3, 2003, p. 4.

Katsoulis, Melissa, "Kites of Passage" in the Times (London), August 30, 2003, Features section, p. 17.

Noor, Ronny, Review of The Kite Runner, in World Literature Today, Vol. 78, Nos. 3-4, September-December 2004, p. 148.

O'Brien, James, "The Sins of the Father," in the Times Literary Supplement, October 10, 2003, p. 25.

Review of The Kite Runner, in Publishers Weekly, Vol. 250, No. 19, May 12, 2003, p. 43.

Stuhr, Rebecca, Review of The Kite Runner, in Library Journal, April 15, 2003, p. 122.

Hosseini, Khaled, Dreaming in Titanic City, Riverhead Books.

This follow-up to Hosseini's extremely successful first novel is set to be published in 2006.

Further Reading

Lipson, J. G., and P. A. Omidian, "Afghan Refugee Issues in the U.S. Social Environment" in Western Journal of Nursing Research, Vol. 19, No. 1, February 1997, pp. 110-26.

The article focuses on the physical and mental health challenges faced by Afghan refugees since they began to arrive in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980s. Based on an ethnographic study and using quotations from interviews with these newcomers, the article examines stresses caused by the new social contexts within which Afghan refugees find themselves and how they perceive their interactions with American citizens and institutions.

Ondaatje, Michael, Anil's Ghost, Vintage Books, 2000.

In Ondaadtje's fifth novel, the protagonist Anil Tessera is a Sri Lankan forensic anthropologist educated in England and the United States, who returns to work in Sri Lanka. In the course of uncovering gruesome evidence of violence wrought by the civil war there, she re-connects with centuries of Sri Lankan tradition and is confronted with the senseless destruction brought about by interethnic conflict in the country of her birth.

Payant, Katherine B., and Toby Rose, eds., The Immigrant Experience in North American Literature: Carving Out a Niche, 2003.

This book contains a collection of essays by various scholars who discuss the ways that North American literature has represented the experiences of immigrant groups entering and becoming acculturated to the United States. Essays include discussions of such authors as Anzia Yezierska to Jamaica Kincaid.

Rashid, Ahmed, Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia, Yale University Press, 2000.

Ahmed, a journalist in Afghanistan for over twenty years, sketches the Taliban's rise to power between 1994 to 1999, as well as other countries' attempts to gain control over the development of Afghanistan. His account discusses the Taliban's ideological foundations, its well-known repression of women, and its ties to the heroin trade.


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Aubry, Timothy. “Afghanistan Meets the Amazon: Reading The Kite Runner in America.” PMLA 124, no. 1 (2009): 25-43. An analysis of data collected from reader reviews of The Kite Runner on the Web site Presents divergent interpretations. Also discusses the relevance of the novel in a post-September 11, 2001, political environment in the United States.

Bloom, Harold, ed. Khaled Hosseini’s “The Kite Runner.” New York: Bloom’s Literary Criticism, 2009. Comprehensive study guide on The Kite Runner with essays written especially for students in grades 9 through 12. Part of the Bloom’s Guides series of analyses of classic works of literature.

Goldblatt, Patricia D. “Exploring Ethics: The Role of Multicultural Narrative.” MultiCultural Review 16, no. 2 (2009): 40-44. This source provides a summary and literary analysis of The Kite Runner and two other novels. Each analysis is followed by suggested teaching techniques that encourage students to search for deeper meaning in interpreting the respective...

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Hosseini, Khaled. “Kabul’s Splendid Son: Interview with Khaled Hosseini.” Mother Jones 34, no. 3 (2009): 74-75. This magazine article includes a brief biographical sketch of Hosseini. In the interview, Hosseini deplores the impoverished condition of Afghans living in a war-torn country.

_______. The Kite Runner. New York: Riverhead Books, 2005. This edition of the novel begins with a number of quotations from leading newspapers and magazines praising Hosseini’s art of storytelling. The book also includes a reader’s guide with discussion points and questions based on a reading of the novel.

Katsoulis, Melissa. “Kites of Passage: New Fiction.” The Times (London), August 30, 2003. A brief review of Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner in a renowned British periodical.

Thomson, Patricia. “Honoring a Friend: Roberto Schaefer, ASC, Helps Bring the Best-selling Novel The Kite Runner to Screen.” American Cinematographer 88, no. 11 (November, 2007): 57-61. An informative article about the motion picture based on the novel. Includes color visuals of characters and scenes from the film as well as details about special cinematic effects and filming locations.


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