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.

Campus Involvement

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

Author's website

Barnes & Noble's site on Hosseini - interview, writing advice, and more

NPR Interview (7/27/03)

Book Reviews

About Afghanistan

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