What was the relationship between Rahim and Amir in The Kite Runner, and did Amir prefer Rahim over his Baba?

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Amir has a close relationship with his father's best friend and business partner, Rahim Khan. The novel opens with Amir receiving a call from Rahim, who is asking him to come to Pakistan, as he is very ill. He also suggests that this trip is a way for Amir "to be good again," so he is helping Amir atone for some wrongdoing, which we later learn about when Amir narrates his childhood experiences. Rahim Khan is not Amir's father, of course, but he stands in as the kind of father Amir wishes he had; his relationship with his father, Baba, is strained and tense.

Baba is a very powerful, successful man. He expects his son to follow in his footsteps, but Amir is more sensitive and creative than his father. Furthermore, Amir's mother died in childbirth, and Amir thinks Baba's less-than-warm treatment of him may be due to his feeling that Amir is at fault for his mother's / Baba's wife's death. When Amir is a child, Baba confides to Rahim (and Amir overhears) that he worries about Amir because...

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