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Amir is rarely able to please his domineering father, Baba, during his youth in the opening chapters of The Kite Runner. Perhaps the only example comes when Amir wins the kite-flying contest, besting all of the other entrants in Kabul. But Amir makes up for lost time when the two immigrate to California. While Baba is forced to do menial work, Amir flourishes, achieving his goal of graduating high school and, then, college. The two bond with one another on weekends at the San Jose flea market, and Amir makes Baba proud when he falls in love with Soraya, the daughter of the important Afghan General Iqbal Taheri. When Baba is diagnosed with cancer, Amir is genuinely concerned, and he and Soraya take care of Baba until his death. Baba dies knowing that Amir has become a mature, successful adult, but the secrets he dies with--and which eventually become known to Amir--makes Amir question his father's sense of honor and reevaluate their relationship.
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