The Kite Runner Setting

Khaled Hosseini
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This is the overall setting in which a great deal of the action takes place. The country is real and the descriptions of the war-torn neighborhoods seem accurate and believable. The most important settings in this country are the neighborhood where Amir and Hassan live as children, San Francisco where Amir lives with his father and later as a husband, and several towns in the Middle East during Amir’s efforts to take Sohrab to the United States. The main house is large and somewhat elaborate, exhibiting the wealth of Amir’s father. Hassan lives in a small hut in the back yard, exhibiting the status of Hassan and Ali.


This is where Amir reunites with Rahim Khan when Rahim Khan reveals the truth of Hassan's parentage. When Amir arrives in Peshawar, he compares the city to Kabul, saying the streets are clean and “lined with rows of hibiscus and flame trees.”

The Second Hospital

This is where Sohrab is taken after his suicide attempt, Amir describes the scene down to some small details. He says there is a white sheet that “spills over the side of the gurney and brushes against grimy checkered tiles.” These details add a level of realism to the novel that might not otherwise exist.

San Francisco

This is the city where Amir, Baba, and Soraya live in the United States. There is a small apartment Amir shares with his father is described as is the larger house he and Soraya buy after their marriage. The flea market where Amir, his father, and other immigrants gather on weekends to earn some money is another of the specific settings in the United States. The park where Amir and Sohrab fly a kite as the story closes is also described. The overall settings are real though the specific settings are probably not. The settings are appropriate to the story. The time setting ranges from the 1970s through 2001. The technology, means of travel, and other details support the time setting.

Golden Gate Park

This is the location of Amir, Soraya, and Sohrab as the story comes to a close. This is the place where Amir flies a kite and gets a little interaction from Sohrab.

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