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Amir tells the reader that something happened in 1975 that changed his life forever
Chapter 1
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Describes Amir's early childhood. Description of Baba and Amir's house and description of Hassan and Ali's physical differences
Chapter 2
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Detailed information about Amir's and Baba's relationship. It is clear that Baba is disappointed in Amir and Amir does not tell these stories in chornological order. We hear about Baba's orphanage. Baba talks about the idea of sin.
Chapter 3
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Develops Amir's relationship with Hassan and shows his interest in writing. They talk about friendship. Amir plays pranks on Hassan and Hassan just accepts it. Amir makes up his own story and shows Rahim Kahn.
Chapter 4
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First hear about war in Afghanistan (1973) Hassan and Amir, first meet Assef. Hassan slingshots Assef in the eye, to save Amir. Hassan stops smiling (has surgery on lip)
Chapter 5
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Hear about the kite flying competition for the first time. Amir really wants to win. Baba also loves kite flying so they share a connection. Amir asks Hassan if he would ever lie to him, he replies "sooner eat dirt". Amir and Hassan play cards.
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CLIMATIC CHAPTER! Hassan has a dream that he jumps in water with a monster with Amir. The kite running contest happens. Amir wins! Amir sees Hassan in alley with Assef, with the blue kite (2nd place kite for Amir) HAssan tries to defend himself with
Chapter 7
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... a stone but fails. Amir begins to have flashbacks, Hassan and Amir share the same breast. Assef then rapes Hassan. It then goes to the future tense, the next day. Goes back to alley, Amir could have intervened but runs away. Amir doesn't tell
Chapter 7
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... Hassan he saw what happened. Hassan doesn't tell Amir, and limps away. Amir is upset when they get home.
Chapter 7
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Describes weeks and years after. Amir and Hassan don't see each other much, Ali asks whats wrong and Amir does not tell him. Amir's insomnia starts. Hassan asks Amir if he has done anything wrong. They go to their pomengraniite tree in summer and
Chapter 8
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Amir throws pomegranites at Hassan, he does not fight back. Hassan then smashes a pomegranate on his head. Ends with Amir's 13th Birthday party.
Chapter 8
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Amir opens all his presents, a watch from Baba. Amir sets up Hassan by hiding his new watch and money under his pillow. Hassan admits that he did it and Baba forgives him. Ali andHassan leave. Baba begs them to stay. In the rain Baba drives them to
Chapter 9
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the bus station, Amir thinks about confessing, but does not.
Chapter 9
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Baba and Amir are crammed into a lorry on the way to Pakistan. They pull up to a checkpoint, the Russian soldier says he will only let them go if he has sex with a women. Baba stands up to guard and the guard pulls his gun out. They get through the
Chapter 10
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... checkpoint. They get to Jalalabad and Karim tells them they can't get to Peshawar. They get into a fuel truck to Peshawar. Kamal is dead and his father shoots himself in the head.
Chapter 10
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Baba and Amir are in California. Baba loves Reagan. Baba however isn't doing well in USA, trashes the shop. Baba works at a gas station. Amir graduates from high school, Baba shows affection because of this. Baba buys Amir a car. Amir decides to go
Chapter 11
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to college to study Creative writing. They meet Soraya in the flea market.
Chapter 11
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Amir remembers long nights in Afghanistan. Amir talks to Soraya. Soraya tells Amir she wants to be a teacher, AMir then gives her one of his stories. The general tells Amir to stay away. Baba gets a cold and is seen coughing up blood. Baba finds out
Chapter 12
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... he has cancer. Baba starts deteriorating and collapses the sunday after New years. Amir asks for Sorayas hand in marriage. It ends with Amir feeling guilty about his past.
Chapter 12
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The celebrations for the wedding begins and Baba spends most of his life savings on it. Amir and Soraya sleep together for the first time on their wedding night. Amir catches Soraya reading Baba one of his stories, Baba accepts the story. A month
Chapter 13
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... after the wedding Baba dies in his sleep. Soraya's father is unhappy with her major, wanted her to do law or politics. Amir finishes his first novel and is published. The Soviets withdraw from Afghanistan. They find out SOraya can't have childre
Chapter 13
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This goes back to the first chapter, the phone call from Rahim Kahn. "there is a way to be good again" The chapter ends with Amir on a flight to Afghanistan.
Chapter 14
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Amir lands in Peshawar. Rahim Khan does not look good. They talk about Afghanistan after Amir left and USA for Amir. A taliban smacked Rahim Khan round the head for yeling too loud at a football mathc. Rahim Khan is dying.
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RAHIM KHAN'S CHAPTER! He lives in Baba's house after they have left. He finds Hassan and his pregnant wife, learns Ali died by walking into a land mine. Hassan goes back to Kabul with Khan. They have a stillborn girl, but get pregnant again soon.
Chapter 16
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... Sanaubar, Hassan;s mother turns up. She helps of deliver Sohrab, Hassan's son. She dies in her sleep and the fighting gets worse. Hassan is a great father and teaches him to slingshot.Kite fighting has been banned and they will kill Hazaras.
Chapter 16
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Rahim Khan hands Amir letters from Hassan. Hassan doesn't hold any grudges against Amir. Rahim Khan tells Amir of the killing of Hassan and his son is in an orphanage. Khan wants Amir to save Sohrab from the orphanage. Amir rejects his offer, however
Chapter 17
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... Rahim Khan gives him reasons to do it, He is a dying man, Baba never thought Amir would stand up for anything and Hassan is his half brother!!!! Amir storms out.
Chapter 17
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Follows straight on from chapter 17. He starts thinking about all the signs from when he was a boy. "There is only one sin and that sin is theft" (Baba stole Ali's honor) He realises "there is a way to be good again"
Chapter 18
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Amir is in the car with Farid, his driver. They stay in Jalalabad. It is clear that Faird has problems with wealthy people. Amir tells them why he is actually there and Faird feels bad. Amir has a dream about executing Hassan, he is the solider doing
Chapter 19
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... it. Amir leaves cash for Farid's brother.
Chapter 19
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They travel to Kabul and Amir sees the destruction left behind by the war. They find the orphanage it's in a bad state. Amir mentions Sohrab is good with a slingshot. They are told that sometimes children are brought from the orphanage, Farid gets
Chapter 20
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... really angry at this. The director tells them that the man who buys them will be at the stadium the next day.
Chapter 20
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They drive to near Baba's house and see a dead body hanging, showing the destruction the war has left. Amir has a flashback to his childhood days with Hassan. He visits the pomegranate tree and their old house. They visit the stadium where the
Chapter 21
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... Taliban have strict controls. At half time, 2 adulterers are seen being stoned to death.
Chapter 21
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Amir demands the boy and the cleric threatens to shoot him for abandoning his country. Sohrab has bells on his ankles. When they play the boom box, he has to dance. The Cleric asks how Ali is, Amir realises it is Assef. Amir offers to pay for Sohrab
Chapter 22
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... But Assef is already rich. Assef tells the story of how he joined the Taliban, as he got beaten in prison but was trying to pass a kidney stone and it therefore helped, Assef then believed that God was on his side and he was alive for a reason.
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... Amir asks Assef is his main purpose is to **** children. Assef says to Amir he can have Sohrab if he fights for him. The scene shifts to in a hospital, but then back to Assef's house. Amir starts laughing as for the first time he feels peace
Chapter 22
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.... Hassan's ****. Sohrab suddenly tells everyone to stop and slingshots a ball into Assef's eye, this therefore leads to them being able to run away.
Chapter 22
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Amir is in hospital. Amir has broken bones and split his lip into 2 (linking to Hassan's cleft lip) A letter from Rahim Khan had been left, he knew about the **** since a few days after. He talks about Baba's love for Amir and want to love Hassan.
Chapter 23
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... Sohrab tells Amir that Hassan was "the best friend he ever had" Amir has a dream about Assef. Amir decides he wants to leave hospital and get out of Afghanistan. The adoptive parents don't really exist and Rahim Khan set him up.
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Farid leaves with 2000 dollars to go back to his family. Amir awakens to find Sohrab gone, however he finds him in the mosque. They talk for a while about being orphans. Sohrab says he feels dirty and ashamed because of what Assef did to him. Amir
Chapter 24
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... offers for Sohrab to live with him in USA. He doesn't anwer. He does however eventually agree.They go through all the legal documentation to get Sohrab to USA. Amir tells Sohrab it's very hard to get him to USA. Sohrab slits his wrists.
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Amir is at the hospital with Sohrab. He prays to Allah asking for forgiveness and to save Sohrab. Sohrab won't tak much and is tired of everyhing. Amir takes Sohrab to USA. Sohrab has not spoken since they left the hospital. 11th Septemeber happens
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... USA invaddes Afghanistan. March 2002, they are at a park and there is kite fying happening. Amir tells Sohrab that Hassan was the best kite flyer and asks if he wants to learn, no reply, so Amir runs off flying the kite, Sohrab is right behind
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... him. Sohrab takes the string but gives it back after a moment. He cuts the green kite and people applaud, Amir asks if he wants to run over and Sohrab smiles and nods.
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