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When Amir and Hassan, the main characters of Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, were young boys, they often dreamed of being like the heroes of one of their favorite stories, the Shahnammah. The main characters of that story were Rostan and Sohrab, and Hassan never forgot the good times spent with his wealthy friend on the hill under the pomegranate tree. It was an important time for him, and when it came time to name his son, he named him Sohrab. In a letter to his long absent friend that is only delivered after his death, Hassan tells Amir that he and his son still return to the same tree to read the stories from the Shahnammah.
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