What was your favourite quote? Why?What was your favourite quote? Why?

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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I have two:  I really appreciated the truth of Baba's remark to Amir at the end of Chapter 11 when he says, "'It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime, Amir.'"  Baba is speaking about Soraya's past mistakes, and Amir is obviously going to be reminded of his past mistake with Hassan, but what I like about the quote is that is such a clear statement of the theme of the novel and it is SO true for all of us.

My other favorite quote is the last page.  While it could be considered a let down that Sohrab shows so little improvement upon his safe arrival in the US and his being in the loving environment of Amir's home, I think it is actually more poignant and significant that Amir is really going to have work hard to atone for the past.  Sohrab's tiny smile is kind of heart-breaking, and yet makes the reader smile at the same time.  From Amir's perspective:

A smile

Lopsided.

Hardly there.

But there.

...

Only a smile . . But I'll take it.  With open arms. Because when spring comes, it melts the snow one flake at a time, and maybe I just witnessed the first flake melting.

To me it is a very appropriate ending to the novel.  The short phrases each on their own line and the metaphor at the end work very well together.

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scarletpimpernel | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Mine is either Baba's "sin" theory in Chapter 3 or Rahim Khan's admonishment to Amir that "there is a way to be good again" (found in the opening chapter and again when the novel catches up to present day). I like Baba's theory because it is intriguing to discuss with others, and I appreciate Rahim Khan's statement because it presents one of the book's central themes: redemption.

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elena-f | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

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Mine was : " A boy who can't stand up for himslef, becomes a man who can't stand up to anything".

That was Baba's, I honestly think it's true though I didn't like Baba's character in the novel.

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