Before and After Immigration: Baba

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  • Before Immigration: Powerful
  • Before Immigration: Prosperous
  • Before Immigration: Authoritative
  • "Lore has it my father once wrestled a black bear in Baluchistan with his bare hands... Baba's famous nickname, Toophan agha, or "Mr. Hurricane." (Pg. 13)
  • After Immigration: Weakened
  • "They told Baba that running a business wasn't in his blood... So Baba proved them all wrong by not only running his own business but becoming one of the richest members in Kabul." (Pg. 16) 
  • After Immigration: Homesick
  • "At parties, when all six-foot-five of him thundered into the room, attention shifted to him like sunflowers turning to the sun." (Pg 14)
  • After Immigration: Selfless
  • "Baba's spittle turned red. He was biting his tongue. I kneeled beside him and grabbed his arms... As if I could soothe the convulsions out of him." (Pg.167) 
  • "'Does he think I'm a thief?' Baba said, his voice rising. People had gathered outside. They were staring. "What kind of a country is this? No one trusts anybody!'" (Pg 135) 
  • "For me, America was a place to bury my memories. For Baba, a place to mourn his." (Pg. 136) 
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