Chapters 15-20 summary
Chapter 15 opens with Amir landing in Peshawar. The city reminds him of Kabul the driver drops Amir off at Rahim Khan's building..For the rest of the chapter, Amir and Rahim Khan talk about Afghanistan, the past, and Amir's life in America. Here's what they cover: Amir's marriage to Soraya Taheri, Baba, and Amir's education and writing. The conversation turns to the Taliban and Afghanistan. It sounds like Kabul has turned into a war zone between 1992 and 1996. Amir learns Rahim Khan is dying.Rahim Khan brings up Hassan, he tells Amir: "I brought you here because I am going to ask something of you. [...]. But before I do, I want to tell you about Hassan". Chapter 16 is in the voice of Rahim Khan. Rahim Khan lives in Baba's house after Amir and Baba flee to America. He's lonely and, because he's getting old, is having trouble keeping up the house. Rahim Khan goes to Hazarajat to find Hassan.Rahim Khan finds Hassan in Bamiyan, one of the provinces of Hazarajat, hassan is married and his wife, Farzana is pregnant.When Rahim Khan asks about Ali, Hassan looks down and tells Rahim that Ali has died,he walked into a land mine two years ago.Finally, Rahim Khan asks Hassan to come back to Kabul with him to care for Baba's house. Hassan asks about Amir and learns about Baba's death. Hassan and Farzana agree to come back to Kabul with Rahim Khan, even though there's plenty of room in the main house, Hassan and Farzana take up residence in the old servants' quarters.Farzana gives birth to a stillborn girl, but soon Farzana gets pregnant again.Sanaubar, Hassan's mother who ditched him and Ali years ago, suddenly shows up at the gate. She's a wreck, weak, covered in sores,and slashed by a knife. Hassan his wfe nurse her back to health. Sanaubar delivers Hassan's child. Farzana, and Hassan name the child after Sohrab, Hassan's favorite character in the Shahnamah. (It's the book Amir used to read to Hassan all the time.)Sanaubar dies in her sleep and the...
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