The Kite Runner

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  • The Kite Runner-Key quotations
    • Family
      • "Blood is a powerful thing."-General Taheri
      • "Fed from the same breast."
    • Home and belonging
      • "The idea of America"
      • "Afghanistan is like a beautiful mansion littered with garbage and someone has to take out the garbage."
      • "Bba held me close to him, rocking me back and forth."
      • "I feel like a tourist in my own country."
    • Sexism
      • "I had won the genetic lottery that had determined my sex."
      • "You women on the other hand, well, God put a lot more effort into making you."
      • "Tight little sugary cunt."
      • "I could almost feel the emptiness of Soraya's womb like it was a living,breathing thing."
    • Religion
      • "God help us all if Afghanistan ever falls into their hands."-Baba
      • "I was a Pashtun and he was a Hazara."
    • Friendship
      • "The best friend I ever had."-Amir
    • Betrayal and Redemption
      • "There is a way to be good again."
      • "I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years"
        • Chapter 1: coming of age, imagery and an event which has shaped his identity.
      • "I know in the end, God will forgive."
      • "Maybe, just maybe, I would be pardoned for killing my mother."
      • "The past claws its way out"-Amir
      • "I watched Hassan get raped, I said to no one "
    • Social Hierarchy
      • "Who did you eat you flat nosed babalu?:"
      • "My student hand, clean and soft, on labourers' hand, grubby and calloused."
    • Father and son
      • "A boy who can't stand up for himself becomes a man who can't stand up for anything."
      • ""Baba held me close to him rocking me back and forth."
      • "I didn't want to disappoint him again."
      • "Baba and I lived in the same house but in different spheres of existence."
      • "Hassan hadn't done anything to earn Baba's sympathy. It wasn't fair...he'd just been born with that stupid hair lip."
  • Betrayal and Redemption
    • "There is a way to be good again."
    • "I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years"
      • Chapter 1: coming of age, imagery and an event which has shaped his identity.
    • "I know in the end, God will forgive."
    • "Maybe, just maybe, I would be pardoned for killing my mother."
    • "The past claws its way out"-Amir
    • "I watched Hassan get raped, I said to no one "

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