CHAPTER 20 SUMMARY The Search for Sohrab• Amir and Farid go looking for Hassan’s son Sohrab.• When driving into Kabul Amir does not recognise the area.• He arrives at an orphanage where Sohrab would be, however he is not there.• They soon find out that a chief of the Taliban come and pay for a child once a month, this money is the orphanages only source of income so they cant stop it.• Amir is then told Sohrab was taken by them and if he wants to try and find him he will be at Ghazi Stadium the next day.
QUESTIONS• What does Farid warn Amir about?• What does Amir notice in Kabul?• Why does he compare Kabul to a “giant sandcastle”? Why does he compare the city to an old friend who is “homeless and destitute”?• Who is the old beggar Amir meets? Why is he shocked?• What does Zaman, the head of orphanage, reveal has been happening to the orphans?• What does Farid do when he learns of the orphans’ fate?• “There are lot of children in Afghanistan, but little childhood”. What do you think of this statement?
What does Farid warn Amir about?The state of Kabul and the power of the Talibanson all the people.
What does Amir notice in Kabul?Its different it doesn’t feel like his homeanymore, what used to be buildings are now dustypiles of rubble, and beggars were everywhere. Hishome town was demolished, not such a sacredplace anymore. Trees had to be cut down; theSoviets cut them down because snipers wouldhide in them, and Afghans cut them down to usefor firewood. The Taliban patrol of bearded menpassed him and he watched in amazement, Kabulwas not what it used to be.
Why does he compare Kabul to a “giant sandcastle”? Why does he compare thecity to an old friend who is “homeless and destitute”? The houses that used to be a prefect landscape and beautiful view are now falling apart and hardly recognisable. They will not be there for much longer and just as the sea ruins sandcastles the Taliban will ruin the houses that are struggling to stand as it is. His city is his old friend that he hasn’t seen in a while but he has always been in his thoughts and now he has returned his ‘old friend’ has lost all his possessions; its character, houses, pride, money, etc, ‘homeless and destitute’.
Who is the old beggar Amir meets? Why is he shocked?The beggar, was a literature professor and onceknew Sofia Akram, Amir’s mother. Amir asks himseveral questions about her, but soon thebeggar had to leave.Amir is shocked as someone like him would havebeen valued when Amir lived there. He wouldhave a nice house, a family, he would lookpresentable and not have to beg on the streetsfor money looking the way he did.
What does Zaman, the head of orphanage, reveal has been happening to the orphans? There are hundreds of children and not enough beds, mattresses, or blankets. That past winter, one child froze to death. Zaman tells him there is a Taliban official who comes every month or two. The official brings cash, and will sometimes take a child with him. No questions asked. Zaman then reveals that without this money the rest of the children would not have food.
What does Farid do when he learns of the orphans’ fate?He attacks Zaman for letting this happen toppoor innocent and helpless children. He laterstops when he sees that children are watching.He is angry and distraught that Zaman could letthis happen, who knows what happens to thesechildren. And what has happened to Sohrab?
“There are lot of children inAfghanistan, but little childhood”. What do you think of this statement?The children are there but they do not have a‘childhood’ they are deprived of fun, deprived oflove, deprived of care, they do not have a goodchildhood.Its not fun watching people get tortured anddie, its not what children should be doing. Theyare forced to grow up or just make nothing ofthemselves even though its hard to do such athing.