english literature resources the kite runner

Tredell, N. (2020) ‘Composed in cliches? Style in The Kite Runner’, Emagazine, 87, pp.20-23.
Professor Nicolas Tredell tackles head-on the criticisms sometimes levelled against the novel, that the writing is both hackneyed and sentimental. Instead, he argues that the writer vividly realises the events in a strong and ‘resourceful’ style.

Maskell, A. (2019) ‘Blood brothers: fertility and friendship in The Kite Runner’, Emagazine, 86, pp.43-45.
Teacher Anthony Maskell explores Hosseini’s use of images of fertility and barrenness as symbols not only for the personal tragedies of the characters but also for the Afghan people and the country itself.

Simons, J. (2017) ‘Power and protest: Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner’, Emagazine, 77, 65-67.
Professor Judy Simons explores two novels that appear in AQA B’s Social Protest component. She compares the ways in which they tackle questions of power, injustice and control, and ways of resisting.

Ashdown, K. (2015) ‘Places of safety or threat: Afghanistan and America in The Kite Runner’, Emagazine, 68, pp.37-39.
Teacher Kate Ashdown explores the contrasting of two very different worlds, as well as smaller settings within each of these worlds, to show how Hosseini avoids simplistic oppositions in favour of more subtle comparisons.

Schofield, A. (2012) ‘A flattering portrayal? Americans and Afghans in The Kite Runner’, Emagazine, 58, pp.34-36.
Dr Alistair Schofield questions the appeal of the novel for Western audiences and asks why America seems to be painted in such a rosy light.

Bleiman, B. (2011) ‘Stories, novels and films in The Kite Runner’, Emagazine, 54, pp.30-32.
Barbara Bleiman explores the role stories and storytelling play in Hosseini’s novel.

Robertson, H. (2009) ‘A point of view: writing for a listening audience’, Emagazine, 45, pp.39-41.
Taking Radio 4’s ‘A Point of View’ as her style model, Holly Robertson’s piece for a listening audience explores her growing understanding of world politics and the significant part Khaled Hosseini’s ‘The Kite Runner‘ played in this. In the commentary which follows she analyses her use of language and the role played by prosody.

Bleiman, B. (2008) ‘In the beginning: the opening of The Kite Runner’, Emagazine, 41, pp.6-9.
Barbara Bleiman introduces a novel which simply and movingly tells a story of lost innocence across three decades and two continents.