In the beginning of the novel, Amir feels as if his father hates him. He is hardly around and shows little interest in what Amir likes to do. When Amir is listening to Baba and Rahim Khan talk in the study, he hears his father say, "If I hadn't seen the doctor pull him out of my wife with my own eyes, I'd never believe he is my son." This reveals that Baba feels no connection to his son. Even though he still loves Amir, he is upset that he doesn't live up to his expectations. Furthermore, when Amir is reading the story "Rostam and Sohrab" to Hassan, Amir could not understand why Hassan would be upset over Rostams fate. " Didn't all fathers in their secret hearts harbor a desire to kill their sons?" thought Amir. This shows that Amir feels as if his father wants to kill him at times, and thinks it is a normal thing fathers want to do. Clearly, in the beginning of the book the relationship between Baba and Amir is very weak, almost to the point of it being non-existent. This is a very rough part in their relationship and Amir feels like it's going to be that way forever.