The Kite Runner

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The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner is the first novel by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini. It was published in 2003 by Riverhead Books, it tells the story of Amir, a young boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, whose closest friend is Hassan, his father's young Hazara servant. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of Afghanistan's monarchy through the Soviet military intervention, the exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime. It is a father-son story with themes of guilt and redemption with various acts of violence.

The argument against young teens reading The Kite Runner were because of the rape scenes of young children that were described. Some parents of Reynolds High School say “It’s not only the language in the book and the adult themes in the book and that it’s demeaning to women, it’s the fact that teens are forced to read about this." and Because the book includes a passage that describes the rape of a young boy by an older boy. While parents were sent a letter regarding sensitive content in the book, Baldwin argued that “The description of the book the teacher included mentioned that there was a rape, but not that it was the rape of a child and it was the homosexual rape of a child which I felt was something parents needed to know.” But in saying this some parents thought it was okay for there young teens to read The Kite Runner because it told us what is happening all around our world. Parents said it’s the fact that they have removed a classic novel from the curriculum without parents knowing about it frustrated them the most. The book was not taken out of schools but was argued about.

The Kite Runner

The Censorship

About the Book


The well written book won the South African Boeke Prize in 2004, and after its first 2 years of publication the novel skyroketed to #3 on the New York Bestseller list. By the end of of 2005 it was the bestseller in the United States.


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