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The Kite Runner- Chapter 1 & 2

By Khaled Hosseini

This book is a heart-wrenching potrayal of regret and redemption. The plot of the story is set majorly in Afghanistan under Taliban regime. Reading this fast paced book there are hardly any dull moments, you are introduced to a world – the world of Afghan life, but the best bit is its sense of fate and justice, of good overcoming evil in the end, despite all odds. As aptly stated by the author himself :

“The book is kind of like a fairytale turned on its head. You have a very painful rupture at the beginning and then this tearful reconciliation at the end, except the revelations and the reconciliations you’re granted aren’t the ones you’re expecting. Which is how life is, really.”

Khaled Hosseini

Chapter One

  • Frigid-very cold in temperature.
  • Overcast–  Clouded, marked by a covering of grey cloud
  • Crouching-adopt a position where the knees are bent and the upper body is brought forward and down, typically in order to avoid detection or to defend oneself.
  • Crumbling-breaking or falling apart into small fragments.
  • Peeking-look quickly or furtively.
  • Alley-a narrow passageway
  • Unatoned– lacking in variation of tone
  • Propelled-drive or push something forwards.
  • Harelipped-fissure in the mid line of the upper lip

                        Chapter Two

  • Dangling– hanging or swinging loosely.
  • Flickering-burning or shining unsteadily
  • Sapphire-a transparent precious stone, typically blue
  • Appendage-a thing that is added or attached to something larger or more important.
  • Cleft– split,divided
  • Slingshot-forcefully accelerate through the effect of gravity
  • Walnuts
  • Scowling-bad-tempered way.
  • Mumble-say something quietly
  • Flanked-be on each or on one side of.
  • Sprawling-spreading out over a large area in an untidy or irregular way.
  • Tapestries-a piece of thick textile fabric with pictures or designs formed by weaving colored weft threads or by embroidering on canvas, used as a wall hanging or soft furnishing.
  • Mahogany-hard reddish-brown timber from a tropical tree
  • Loquat tree-
  • Frayed eggs-
  • Barracks-a large building or group of buildings used to house soldiers.
  • Huddled-crowd together.
  • Squatty– short.
  • Squealing-high-pitched sound.
  • Croaking-speak with a rough voice
  • Notoriously– bad, not good
  • Unscrupulous-having or showing no moral principles; not honest or fair.
  • Congenital-present from birth.
  • Perpetually-never ending.
  • Grim-serious.
  • Slanted-lope or lean in a particular direction.
  • Glinted-give out or reflect small flashes of light.
  • Welled-rise up to the surface and spill or be about to spill.
  • Stride-walk with long, decisive steps in a specified direction.
  • Sallow– unhealthy yellow or pale brown colour.
  • Atrophied– wasted away or rudimentary.
  • Scraggy– thin and bony
  • Aping– imitate.
  • Giggling-small laugh.
  • Hobbled– walk in an awkward way.
  • Boogeyman– an imaginary evil character .
  • Sneaked– move or go in a furtive or stealthy way.
  • Stunned – so shocked that one is temporarily unable to react.
  • Pashtuns– a member of a Pashto-speaking people inhabiting southern Afghanistan and north-western Pakistan.
  • Quelled– put an end to.
  • Skimmed– go or move quickly.
  • Snickered– give a half-suppressed, typically scornful laugh.
  • Disdain– the feeling that someone or something is unworthy of one’s consideration or respect.
  • Blemished– spoil the appearance or quality.
  • Tormentors– a person who inflicts severe mental or physical suffering on someone.
  • Obstetricians– An obstetrician is a doctor who specializes in pregnancy, childbirth etc.
  • Anesthesiologists– a person who is specialized in field of anesthetic means who help to calming down the patient or give sleep producing injections etc.
  • Garrulous-talkative.

Happy Reading!!!


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