22nd February 2018

The Kite Runner – Early Reading

Our story is set in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1975. The main character Amir, the narrator of the book, is looking back at his childhood and how it had had a profound effect on his life, before the Russian invasion. Amir is a high caste Pashtun and  Sunni Muslim, who loves poetry and writing. Baba, his dad is also a high caste Pashtun and sunni muslim that works as a successful business man. He is cold, hard, and often disappointed in his son. Amir’s best friend is Hassan, who is the sun of Amir and Baba’s servant Ali. They are low-caste Hazara and Shi’a Muslim. In Amir and Hassan’s friendship, Amir is the leader, whereas the follower is Hassan. Hassan is uneducated, compared to Amir’s love of poetry, reading and writing. This is what disappoints his father as he would prefer he played football. Rahim Khan is Baba’s best friend, who shows interest and is kind to Amir. Farsi is Afghanistan’s language and numerous farsi and muslim words are used in the novel.

For example:

Inshallah = god willing               Buzkashi = annual tournament featuring horsemen

Kochi = nomads                         Namaz = daily prayers

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