Book Club Kit: The Kite Runner

The Kite RunnerThe Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini
First Published: 2003
6 Copies & Reading Guide

An epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, that takes us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the atrocities of the present. The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant.

Reading Guides:
LitLovers – Includes Author Information, Reviews, and Discussion Questions
On the Same Page, Cincinatti – Includes Discussion Questions
UT Arlington – Includes List of Characters, Author Biography, and Timeline of Afghan History

Reviews and Articles:
The Observer (UK) – “An Afghan Hounded By His Past” by Amelia Hill
The New York Times – “The Servant” by Edward Hower
Slate Magazine – “The Kite Runner: Do I Really Have to Read It?” by Meghan O’Rourke

On the Web:
Official Author Website:
Afghan Magazine – “Dialogue with Khaled Hosseini” by Farhad Azad
NPR – “The Kite Runner” with Liane Hansen (Audio)

More Information About Afghanistan:

PBS Newshour A Historical Timeline of Afghanistan
Afghan Magazine – “Afghan History: Kite Flying, Kite Running, and Kite Banning” by Mir Hekmatullah Sadat
Library of Congress – Country Study: Afghanistan | Country Profile: Afghanistan
National Geographic Aghanistan Guide
Map of Afghanistan from the CIA World Factbook:

If you enjoyed The Kite Runner, you might like:
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
Three Cups of Tea (Book Club Kit) by Greg Mortenson


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