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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Amir, a well off Pashtun boy, and Hassan, a Hazara and the son of Amir's father's servant named Ali, grow up as best friends despite coming from two different social classes. Throughout their adolescents one of their favorite past times is "kite running". The reader is also introduced to Assef, a mean and violent older boy who criticizes Amir for socializing with a Hazara. One day Assef prepares to attack Amir but Hassan bravely stands up to him, threatening to shoot Assef in the eye with his slingshot. Assef retreats but vows he will take revenge.

One day, Amir finally wins a local tournament kite tournament and As Hassan goes to run the last kite he runs into Assef and his gang. Hassan refuses to give up Amir's kite, so Assef rapes him. Amir, waiting for Hassan, goes to searches for him and ends up witnessing the rape but is too scared to help him. Afterwards, Amir’s guilt puts distance between the friends until one day Amir frames Hassan as a thief, and Hassan falsely confesses; forcing Hassan and his father to leave. His departure frees Amir of the daily reminder of his cowardice and betrayal to his friend, but he still lives in with the guilt.

Five years later war threatens Afghanistan and Amir and his father are forced into Peshawar, Pakistan and then later to immigrate to Fremont, California. Once a wealthy family who lived in luxury in an expansive mansion in Afghanistan, now live in a small apartment and work at a gas station. Like many immigrants Amir makes the most of the American dream he works hard selling used items at flea markets and even earns a college degree. After sometime he meets fellow refugee Soraya Taheri and Amir and Soraya eventually marry. However in a sad twist of events they learn that they cannot have children.

Fifteen years after his wedding, Amir receives a call from an old friend who is dying and urges him to come to Pakistan. There he learns the fates of Ali and Hassan, who he has thought of all the days of his life. In the last chapters of the novel it is learned that Ali was killed by a landmine and just as Amir hopes to see Hassan, rekindling their friendship, Hassan is killed by the Taliban. Amir then learns that the two boys were more than best friends; the boys shared the same father leaving Hassans son as his nephew.

Amir sets off in search of Hassans son who has been placed in an orphanage. When he finds him Amir gets his chance to finally close the most difficult chapter in his life. The boy in twisted situational irony has also raped by Assef. In the end Amir brings Sohrab to America and eventually the two bond over Kite Running and stories of his father Hassan.

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