The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini
Analysis: POV/Narrative Voice
First Person (Central Narrator)
Amir narrates all of The Kite Runner, except for a tiny chapter late in the book, which Rahim Khan takes over. There's no question: it makes sense that Amir would tell his own story. How better to get at the psychological complexities of guilt and jealousy than to have the person who feels these things speak? Hosseini's first-person narrator makes the larger story of Afghanistan's troubles seem very personal. The story of Soviet invasion, Taliban rule, Afghan immigration and adjustment is made into an intense emotional journey when seen through the eyes of Amir. Amir's tale of personal abuse, betrayal, and redemption, definitely mirrors the tale of Afghanistan itself.