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1 ENG4U: Ms. Lindley

2 What should a Book Club: Look like? Sound like? Feel like? Book Club Criteria

3 What Book Club is not:

4 Love in the Time of Cholera: Time-of-Cholera Time-of-Cholera Charles Dickens: Webcast-of-Charles-Dickens-Oprahs-Book-Club-Video Webcast-of-Charles-Dickens-Oprahs-Book-Club-Video What Book Club should be:

5 Main Events  Begins with reminiscence by our narrator, Amir  Present day: San Francisco; then: Afghanistan  Mystery is created by vague details from a phone conversation between Amir and a man named Rahim Khan and by two quotations:  “There is a way to be good again.”  Discussion: Is there?  “For you, a thousand times over.”  Discussion: To what extent can you devote yourself to someone else?

6 Main Events  Amir is recounting life growing up in Afghanistan  Amir grows up wealthy; Father (Baba) had “built the most beautiful house in Wazir Akbar Khan district.”  Hassan, Amir's “friend” and his father, Ali, live on Baba’s property in a hut – as servants  Both Amir and Hassan have lost their mothers  Both shared the same wet-nurse  Amir’s first word: Baba; Hassan’s: Amir  Amir and Hassan are always together

7 Main Events  Amir reads to Hassan – Hassan is evidently bright (e.g., can solve riddles faster and better than Amir); this annoys Amir thus he often purposely reads boring, simple, and uninspiring tales, articles.  Amir’s pleasure in teasing Hassan leads to Amir’s first own creative story which both Hassan and Rahim Khan love, but Baba rejects.  Spoiler Alert! Father-son conflict!

8 Themes  Discrimination, Social Class Distinction  Hazaras – historically seen as servants; disrespected; poor jobs and prospects; Hazaras barely mentioned in school system; looked down upon  Honour  Alluded to only – Amir’s present day duty according to Rahim Khan on the phone  Father and Son relationship  Baba and Amir; Ali and Hassan; Baba and Hassan

9 Themes  Friendship  Amir and Hassan – good and bad. A true friendship?  Loyalty and devotion – Hassan to Amir; Baba to Ali  Strength of character  Hassan (takes the blame); Rahim Khan’s attempt to encourage Amir; Ali as he is constantly teased and abused  Resilience of the Human Spirit  Hassan, Ali

10 Discussion Questions:  Why do Amir and Hassan have a strained relationship?  Can their troubles be attributed to religious differences, as Amir seems to think?  If not, what factors may be involved?  “We took our first steps on the same lawn in the same yard. And under the same roof we spoke our first words. Mine was Baba. His was Amir. My name.”  Discuss the significance of this passage.

11 Setting  Present: San Francisco  All flashbacks: Afghanistan – starting mid-60s  Pre-Taliban involvement  This Afghanistan shows prosperity and a life without constant violence  Baba’s big white house – showing a rich life that once was

12 Characters Amir  As a child he knew his ‘power’ over Hassan  Fact that he describes it now shows he is remorseful and aware  Allowed Hassan to take the blame  Was spoiled as a child – wealthy  Felt neglected by his father (Baba) and felt in constant need of his attention.  “I always felt like Baba hated me a little. And why not? After all, I had killed his beloved wife, his beautiful princess, hadn’t I? The least I could have done was to have had the decency to have turned out a little more like him” (20).  Clearly jealous of Baba’s fondness of Hassan  “He asked me to fetch Hassan too, but I lied and told him Hassan had the runs. I wanted Baba all to myself... [O]ne time... [we] were skimming stones and Hassan made his stone skip eight time. The most I managed was five. Baba was there, watching, and he patted Hassan on the back. Even put his arm around his shoulder” (15).  Avid reader and aspiring writer – his escape from his problems

13 Character Discussion:  Agree or disagree with the following statement, and explain your answer:  There is more to dislike in Amir than there is to like.

14 Characters Baba  Strong, tall, successful, rich and handsome  Obvious fondness for Hassan; seems to lack a connection with Amir  Built an orphanage = admirable quality  Believes the only sin is theft (refer to page 18) ‏  Amir hears Baba speak about him in disappointment. This reveals to the reader Baba’s thoughts about his own son: “A boy who does not stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything” (24). Hassan  Page 3: physical description  Utterly loyal to Amir  Truly incapable of hurting anyone (e.g., even in birth; see page 11) ‏  Embodiment of innocence and true goodness

15 Characters Ali  After his parents were killed, he was adopted by Baba’s father (then a judge) ‏  Suffered from polio – permanent physical effects from this  Married Sanaubar (she was known to have a “reputation”; she was 19 years Ali’s junior, and said to have resented Hassan’s birth) ‏ Rahim Khan  Supports Amir in his writing – understands his plight and the fact that Baba is not fair to him  The only person who can get away with being blunt and honest with Baba.

16 Symbolism  Slingshot – weapon of power: abused by Amir, respected by Hassan  Reader understands right away the differences in status between Hazaras and Pashtuns  Hazaras persecuted by Pashtuns  The Pomegranate Tree – place of comfort, place to share, place of memories

17 Symbolism Activity  As a class, we will create our own pomegranate tree  On your leaf, write and complete the following statement:  “I became what I am today...”  After you have completed your leaf, add it to the tree! (no names please!)

18 Works Cited  Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. Canada: Anchor Canada, a division of Random House, 2003.

19 Constructing Criteria  Now that you have seen what a book club should look like, decide on what the criteria for a book club should be using the following questions to guide you:  What role should each person in the book club have?  What should each role entail?  What are the essential elements that need to be conveyed for your chapters?  How can everyone in the book talk participate AND highlight their individual skills?  How will you share your analysis of your chapters with the class?  What makes an interesting presentation?  What makes a presentation boring?  What will a Level 4+ book club talk look like?


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