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Kite Runner

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There is a chance to be good again.
An epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, that takes us from the final days of Afghanistan’s monarchy to the atrocities of the Taliban reign. This unforgettable story of redemption is based on the best-selling phenomenon “THE KITE RUNNER”. The authoer, Khaled Hosseini said that the idea of the book stemmed from hearing that the Taliban had banned kite fighting in Kabul. He remembered fondly how the sport was a welcome respite from winter boredom growing up in the city in the '70s. He wrote a short story about two friends with an uneven relationship who loved kites. From the themes found in the short story, the novel was developed.

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Questions For Discussion

  1. Why do you think 'The Kite Runner' has been so popular with North American audiences?

  2. What character(s) did you like or dislike? Why?

  3. What do you think is the symbol(s) behind the kites? the watch? the rape scene?

  4. What can we learn about friendship from this epic tale?

  5. What helped or hindered Amir in his story of redemption?

  6. Although the movie has a secular Afghan/American world view in mind, what biblical stories does the movie remind you of and why?

  7. "Every sin is a variation of theft." Do you think this is true? How?

  8. What do you think is the central truth of 'The Kite Runner'? How can it be applied to our journeys of faith?

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