And the Mountains Echoed

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A Bosnian nurse who works in the hospitals in Kabul, Afghanistan following the rise of the Taliban, Dr. Amra Ademovic is a capable and selfless woman who uses her training to care for the injured in her hospital. She seems to have a special fondness for children, such as Roshana, and goes out of her way to ensure that they receive the best medical care.

Dr. Amra Ademovic Quotes in And the Mountains Echoed

The And the Mountains Echoed quotes below are all either spoken by Dr. Amra Ademovic or refer to Dr. Amra Ademovic . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 5 Quotes

He is not a criminal. Everything he owns he has earned. In the nineties, while half the guys he knew were out clubbing and chasing women, he had been buried in study, dragging himself through hospital corridors at two in the morning, forgoing leisure, comfort, sleep. He had given his twenties to medicine. He has paid his dues. Why should he feel badly? This is his family. This is his life.
In the last month, Roshi has become something abstract to him, like a character in a play. Their connection has frayed. The unexpected intimacy he had stumbled upon in that hospital, so urgent and acute, has eroded into something dull. The experience has lost its power. He recognizes the fierce determination that had seized him for what it really was, an illusion, a mirage.

Related Characters: Dr. Amra Ademovic (speaker), Dr. Idris Bashiri (speaker), Roshana (speaker)
Page Number: 178
Explanation and Analysis:

Idris had befriended a child named Roshi during his time in Afghanistan. After promising to take care of the child, Idris has returned to the United States, and is in the process of forgetting about Roshi altogether amidst all his other responsibilities. Hosseini describes the ways that Idris tries to justify his own apathy: Idris tells himself that he's "earned" the right to be selfish by working hard at medical school for many years (even though the link between studying and being compassionate is by no means obvious).

In this passage Hosseini shows another example of the way memory and forgetfulness affect people's lives. Idris had felt genuine compassion for Roshi at first, but as her memory fades, so too does his resolve, and in the end he turns out to have acted callously and selfishly.

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Dr. Amra Ademovic Character Timeline in And the Mountains Echoed

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...The author asks Mr. Markos to extend his gratitude to the author’s old friend, Ms. Amra Ademovic. The author adds that he intends the letter for Mr. Markos, but also for... (full context)
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...to stay. In the coming months, Nabi comes to meet Markos’s friends and associates, including Amra Ademovic, whom he admires greatly. Amra Ademovic, who’s been researching the former occupants of the... (full context)
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Amra Ademovic stands in the wing of a vast Afghan hospital, speaking to Idris and Timur... (full context)
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Idris, Timur, and Amra stand in the hospital, surveying a young girl named Roshana, who is very ill. Idris... (full context)
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Amra asks Timur and Idris what they’re doing in this hospital in Kabul. Timur explains: he... (full context)
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Timur and Idris have arrived at Mr. Wahdati’s home, prepared for the party Amra mentioned. The house is lavish by Kabul’s standards, though it’s sustained a great deal of... (full context)
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The party proceeds. Idris is uneasy, as he always is at parties. To his surprise, Amra greets him and strikes up a conversation. She points out that Idris clearly doesn’t like... (full context)
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Amra explains to Idris what will happen to Roshana, the young girl in the hospital. Roshana... (full context)
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...at the hospital, carrying a box. He makes his way through the halls to where Amra is sitting by Roshana’s bed. Idris greets Roshana and shows her the presents he’s bought... (full context)
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...visiting the hospital to see Roshana. He brings Roshana presents, and spends more time with Amra. Timur warns Idris to be careful—Roshana can’t become too attached to him. Idris grudgingly accepts... (full context)
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...can’t sleep. He stays up, looking at his computer. Suddenly, he receives an email from Amra. In the email, Amra explains that Roshana wants to send him a message: she’s been... (full context)
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...have the time to talk to Joan about Roshana’s operation. He receives another email from Amra, in which she asks if Idris has looked into an operation for Roshana. Idris is... (full context)
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...until eventually she becomes nothing more than a character in a movie. He begins ignoring Amra’s emails, too. (full context)
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...at the dedication page, which reads, “To the two angels in my life; my mother Amra, and my Kaka Timur.” (full context)
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...help children in impoverished parts of the world. In 2002, he takes a call from Amra Ademovic, a Bosnian nurse. She convinces him to move to Kabul to help Afghan war... (full context)