The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
"It is extraordinary." - Provost Carmen Sigler
"An intensely involving personal journey that speaks intimately to every reader." - Mitch Berman, Director, Center for the Literary Arts, SJSU
"This tremendously powerful book raises questions about the capacity of human beings to destroy and redeem lives, and the actions that lead to both. As humans we carry both potentials, and it is our moral education that enables us to distinguish and correct, to liberate and prevent. This book also brings forth the conditions which culturally diverse groups may face in their endeavors to achieve the 'American dream.'" - Professor Elba Maldonado-Colon, College of Education
The Fall 2006 book, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, tells a captivating story relevant to today's world events. The story takes place in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Bay Area. San José State University is mentioned twice in the story with the main character attending SJSU soon after arriving in California. In 1980, when the author was of high school age, he and his family left Afghanistan and obtained political asylum in the U.S. Dr. Hosseini, an internist, lives and practices in the Silicon Valley.
In 2007, the theater produced the Kite Runner as a show. Script writer Professor Matt Spangler received the Bay Area Critics Circle Award for 2009.
Read the winning entries for the fall 2006 essay contest on The Kite Runner.
Author Khaled Hosseini
Barnes & Noble's site on Hosseini - interview, writing advice, and more
NPR Interview (7/27/03)
From the world factbook
From the Afghanistan Country Study, American University
From the BBC News
From the National Geographic
From the Library of Congress
From the United Nations Development Program
From the United Nations News
Recommended Reading Lists
Recommendations from SJSU employees and students serving as discussion group facilitators
Several cities, states, and libraries have sponsored reading of The Kite Runner. Additional reading lists relevant to The Kite Runner can be found at the links below. You can these books in the King Library or your local bookstore and you can find information online on most of them using your favorite search engine or online bookstore. For guidance in finding references in the King Library - click here.
Reference list from the Public Library of the Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Further reading list from Multnomah County Library
List from the Lincoln City Libraries