Chapter 11 of The Kite Runner begins with "Baba loved the idea of America." What is the symbolism of that quote? What does it reveal about Baba? How is it a turning point in the novel?

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Baba once told Amir that there were

"only three real men in the world." He'd count them off on his fingers: America the brash savior, Britain and Israel. "The rest of them--they're like gossiping old women."  

Baba loved the power and the brashness that was displayed in America, but he never quite found his place in the land of the free. As Amir put it,

For me, America was a place to bury my memories.
For Baba, a place to mourn his.

America offered everything...

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