The Kite Runner Graphic Novel by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner Graphic Novel
written by Khaled Hosseini, illustrated by Fabio Celoni & Mirka Andolfo
Riverhead Books, 2011

It shows a story is strong when it can survive being adapted into many other forms, as The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy demonstrated*. The Kite Runner was originally published as a novel in 2003 and filmed in 2007, and has also been turned into a successful play. This new graphic novel adaptation has the same logo as the novel, and condenses 324 pages of text into 132 pages of colourful and vivid illustrations, which is a fair ratio.

The story of the intense friendship between Amir and Hassan, two boys growing up in Kabul before and after the Soviet invasion, is fairly intense and torrid. If this were its first appearance, some of the plot points might be accused of being too cartoony, such as certain convenient coincidences (Hassan, as a boy, foreshadows something his son enacts 15 years later!) and the dramatic reappearance of their childhood tormentor, Assaf. Nyah-ha hah! It works well in this format, though, although students who have to read the novel in a hurry will probably still just watch the film.

*Radio play, novels, records, TV series, computer games, towel, book of scripts, film, with the final novels adapted years later (effectively and with great care) into radio plays.

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