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

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Rahim Khan is Amir's confidante, the only adult Amir can turn to when he needs to get something off his chest. Rahim is always supportive of Amir, providing him with the positive reinforcement that he rarely gets from Baba. Rahim convinces Amir to continue writing after Baba "feigned interest" in his son's first short story; it is Rahim who "rescued me" from Baba's long silence and refusal to read even one word of Amir's story. Rahim "buoyed" Amir's spirits by asking to read it and then provided him with a note that assured Amir that

     My door is and always will be open to you.  (Chapter Four)

Rahim defends Amir when Baba is critical of his son's lack of a "mean streak," and it is from Rahim that Amir learns much of his family's history. Amir still "worshiped Baba," but there were times when

I wished I could open my veins and drain his cursed blood from my body.  (Chapter Four)

Rahim is

... Baba's quiet alter ego, my writing mentor, my pal...,  (Chapter Eight)

and it is Rahim who convinces Amir to return to Afghanistan, where the boy he never stopped loving could finally find that "There is a way to be good again."

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