And the Mountains Echoed

Timur Bashiri Character Analysis

The loud, charismatic, and somewhat obnoxious cousin of Dr. Idris Bashiri, Timur Bashiri is an ambiguous character, since he’s seen entirely through the eyes of his cousin. Idris deeply dislikes Timur, so it’s not clear if Timur is, as Idris insists, actually a showy, insincere braggart or not. What is clear, however, is that Timur spends large amounts of his time and money caring for other people: beggars, friends in need, and, at the end of Chapter Five, Roshana, the young girl Idris has forgotten about.

Timur Bashiri Quotes in And the Mountains Echoed

The And the Mountains Echoed quotes below are all either spoken by Timur Bashiri or refer to Timur Bashiri. 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

It’s true. Timur has embarrassed him. He has behaved like the quintessential ugly Afghan-American, Idris thinks. Tearing through the war-torn city like he belongs here, backslapping locals with great bonhomie and calling them brother, sister, uncle, making a show of handing money to beggars from what he calls the Bakhsheesh bundle, joking with old women he calls mother and talking them into telling their story into his camcorder as he strikes a woebegone expression, pretending he is one of them, like he’s been here all along, like he wasn’t lifting at Gold’s in San Jose, working on his pecs and abs, when these people were getting shelled, murdered, raped. It is hypocritical, and distasteful. And it astonishes Idris that no one seems to see through this act.

Related Characters: Dr. Idris Bashiri, Timur Bashiri
Page Number: 153-154
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“We leave in a week, bro. You don’t want to get her too attached to you.” Idris nods. He wonders if Timur may not be slightly jealous of his relationship with Roshi, perhaps even resentful that he, Idris, may have robbed him of a spectacular opportunity to play hero. Timur, emerging in slow motion from the blazing building, holding a baby. The crowd exploding in a cheer. Idris is determined not to let Timur parade Roshi in that way.

Related Characters: Timur Bashiri (speaker), Dr. Idris Bashiri, Roshana
Page Number: 162-163
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Timur Bashiri Character Timeline in And the Mountains Echoed

The timeline below shows where the character Timur Bashiri appears in And the Mountains Echoed. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...neighbor, has had a child, Idris, and his brother has also had a boy, named Timur. One day, while Wahdati and Nabi are playing chess, Wahdati tells Nabi that Nabi should... (full context)
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Amra Ademovic stands in the wing of a vast Afghan hospital, speaking to Idris and Timur (two characters Nabi mentioned in the previous chapter). Idris has just returned to Kabul, though... (full context)
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Idris, Timur, and Amra stand in the hospital, surveying a young girl named Roshana, who is very... (full context)
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Amra asks Timur and Idris what they’re doing in this hospital in Kabul. Timur explains: he and Idris... (full context)
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Timur and Idris have been sent to Kabul by Idris’s uncle (Timur’s father). Timur’s father wants... (full context)
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Timur and Idris have arrived at Mr. Wahdati’s home, prepared for the party Amra mentioned. The... (full context)
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...Idris clearly doesn’t like his cousin very much, and Idris doesn’t disagree. He explains that Timur has always embarrassed him by behaving like the stereotypical Afghan-American: arrogant, flirtatious, and crude. Amra... (full context)
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The chapter cuts ahead to the next day. Timur wants to go to the town of Istalif, but Idris refuses, claiming to have a... (full context)
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...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 that... (full context)
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Idris is sitting on a plane back to the United States, next to Timur. Timur brags about having sex with many women in Kabul. He also explains that he’s... (full context)
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...where he has a daughter named Pari (II). Abdullah greets Idris and asks him how Timur is doing. They banter briefly, and Abdullah tells Idris that he can eat for free.... (full context)
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...which reads, “To the two angels in my life; my mother Amra, and my Kaka Timur.” (full context)