In The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Amir, the narrator, opens the book by saying,
I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975.1 remember the precise moment, crouching behind a crumbling mud wall, peeking into the alley near the frozen creek.
He is referring to a pivotal moment in his life when he witnessed the assault of his childhood companion, Hassan. He sees the attack in the alley and anguishes over it for years, consumed by guilt that he did not step in to help Hassan.
Amir ultimately gains redemption when, years later, he adopts Hassan’s son. Specifically, Amir is an adult. He has been living in California for many years. One day, he receives a telephone call from Pakistan from his friend Rahim Khan. Rahim asks Amir “to come see him,” and Amir says, “I knew it wasn't just Rahim Khan on the line. It was my past of unatoned sins.”
With that one phone call, his past becomes a vivid reminder of Hassan, who was his only real...
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