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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini March 1, 2006

Posted by pvccbookclub in Current Discussion.

March's Book Club selection is The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Our live library discussion will take place, Wednesday, March 22nd at 7 pm in the PVCC Library.

Against all odds, Amir and Hassan are friends. Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul businessman, and Hassan is the son of their servant, Ali. Amir is always jealous of the bond he perceives between his father and Hassan. He never feels that his father loves or is proud of him. On a winter day in 1975, Hassan is attacked by some local bullies, and Amir's cowardice and jealousy prevent him from helping his friend. He then compounds this betrayal by accusing Hassan of theft.As an adult, Amir is driven by love and guilt to atone for the terrible mistakes he made in his youth. His journey of redemption will take him back to Afghanistan, to face his greatest challenge: finding and saving Hassan’s son.

How do you feel about Amir, about Hassan? How are they similar? Are you surprised that they were ever friends?

What to you think about “Baba,” Amir’s father? How does his relationship change with Amir after they move to the United States? Do you consider him culpable in Amir’s betrayal of Hassan?