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Writing a novel is a political act: narrative voice in “The Kite Runner”

In the foreword to the 10th anniversary edition of The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini wrote that “it’s quite an honour when readers tell me that this novel helped put a personal face on Afghanistan for them”. This sentence articulates the central concept of this best-selling novel: the desire to make history human. In many ways,Continue reading “Writing a novel is a political act: narrative voice in “The Kite Runner””

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The Kite Runner: 3 unmissable quotations

When writing about literature, I often find that I return to the same quotations repeatedly, perhaps because they resonate across the fabric of the text and articulate the key concepts the writer is communicating. These quotations are often ideal to include in exam essays, as they tend to be both rich and malleable (that is,Continue reading “The Kite Runner: 3 unmissable quotations”