Our story is set in Kabul Afghanistan in 1975, before the Russian invasion. The main character Amir is looking back at his childhood and how it has profound effect on his life. Amirs father, Baba is a cold, hard man who is disappointed in his son. he is a successful businessman. they are off the high caste Pashtun, and are Sunni muslims. Amirs best friend is is Hassan, who is son of the servant Ali. they are low caste Hazara, and are shi’a muslims. Amir is the leader and Hassan is the follower Hassan is an uneducated, whereas Amir loves poetry, reading and writing which disappoints his father who wants him to like football. Rahim Khan is Babas friend who is really kind and shows interest in Amir and his writing.
Farsi is the language of Afghanistan, and there are numerous farsi and muslim words used in the novel for example:
inshallah: god willing
Buz Kvashi: annual tournament featuring horsemen
Namaz: daily prayers