Runner, written by Khaled Hosseini, is a novel telling the life
story of a man named Amir. The novel begins in the year of 2001
when Amir, a grown man at that time, receives a phone call from a
dear friend from his childhood. This call was not an ordinary one,
nor a simple one to forget about. On the line was something much
more powerful, much more deeper; a past of unatoned sins and a
promise that there is a way to be good again. (P. 1, para. 2) This
moment sparks the need to travel way back to the mid 1970s, the
childhood years of the inseparable friends, Amir and Hassan, that
brought the horrific moments. In 1975, when a kite running
competition was coming to an end and Hasan left to run the last
kite for Amir, Hassan came across a situation that changed the
relationship between the two boys for the rest of their lives. That
day, Hasan was threatened to hand over the last kite to an older
boy named Assef. The faithful and loyal friend that Hassan was to
Amir, he didn't give in so he had to pay for it. A loyal Hazara.
Loyal as a dog, Assef said,
its going to cost you that blue
kite. Then he charged. (p.72-73) Unfortunately, Amir saw all of
this happen and he didn't stand up for Hassan the way Hassan was
standing up for him. Instead, Amir watched Hassan get mistreated.
After this moment, Amir
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He receives an important phone call reminding him of his betrayal, offering a chance of redemption and asking him to return to Kabul, the land of his childhood, for a favor. After much debating, Amir decides to go to Kabul and there he learns that Hassan and his wife were killed but their son, Sohrab, is left in a orphanage. Hassans job is to find Sohrab and provide for him a safe place. I want you togo to Kabul. I want you to bring Sohrab here, he said. I struggled to find the words. Id barely had time to deal with the fact that Hassan was dead. (p. 220 para.
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