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The Kite Runner

 Author: Khaled Hosseini  Category: Drama  Published: May 29, 2003  Language: English  File Size: 1 MB  Tags: ClassicsContemporarydramaFictionHistoricalLiteraturenovelSchool |  Download PDF


The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, explores the theme of Price of Betrayal. Amir and Hassan’s relationship: their friendship, and eventual betrayal due to Amir’s cowardice, and Amir’s redemption via rediscovering bravery for Hassan’s sake.

Famous Quotes:

“A boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything.”

“That was a long time ago, but it’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out. Looking back now, I realize I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years.”

“Huddled together in the dining room and waiting for the sun to rise, none of us had any notion that a way of life had ended.”

“My body was broken—just how badly I wouldn’t find out until later—but I felt healed. Healed at last. I laughed.”

“I opened my mouth, almost said something. Almost. The rest of my life might have turned out differently if I had. But I didn’t. I just watched. Paralyzed.”

“You’ve always been a tourist here, you just didn’t know it.”

“Not a word passes between us, not because we have nothing to say, but because we don’t have to say anything”

“Children aren’t coloring books. You don’t get to fill them with your favorite colors.”

“It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime…”

“But I hope you will heed this: A man who has no conscience, no goodness, does not suffer.”

“For me America was a place to bury memories. For Baba a place to mourn his.”

“I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.”

“Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it.”

“Now, no matter what the mullah teaches, there is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every sin is a variation of theft.”

“And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.”

“Some stories don’t need telling.”

Literary awards:

  • Borders Original Voices Award for Fiction (2003)
  • Humo’s Gouden Bladwijzer (2008)
  •  Exclusive Books Boeke Prize (2004)
  •  ALA Alex Award (2004)
  • Puddly Award for Fiction (2006)
  •  Lincoln Award Nominee (2006)
  • Prix des libraires du Québec for Lauréats hors Québec (2006)
  •  LovelyBooks Leserpreis Nominee for Allgemeine Literatur (2009)