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And The Mountains Echoed By Khalid Hosseini
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An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else.
Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid
Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the
choices we make resonate through generations. In this tale revolving around not just parents and
children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which
families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by
the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the
ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco
to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex
and powerful with each turning page.
409 of 444 people found the following review helpful
Epic tale of heartbreak and hope, May 21, 2013
This review is from: And the Mountains Echoed (Kindle Edition)
I am almost embarrassed to admit I have yet to read Khaled Hosseini's first acclaimed works, The
Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns so I couldn't pass up on the chance to read And the
Mountains Echoed, the author's third novel.
This novel begins in 1952 as a father recites a bed time story to his young son and daughter
during an overnight trek across the Afghanistan desert on their way to Kabul. The tale, we soon
learn, tells the truth of the father's journey for desperate to provide for his new wife and growing
family, the father has agreed to sell his daughter to a wealthy couple unable to bear their own in a
deal brokered by their valet, his brother. The separation of the brother and sister, Abdullah and
Pari, provides the catalyst for Hosseini to share several stories, within a larger arc, that explore
the bonds of family and love, and the devastation of separation and loss.
Abdullah returns to their village with his father but feels the loss of his sister keenly;
"She was like the dust that clung to his shirt. She was in the silences that had become so frequent
in the house, silence that welled up between their words, sometimes cold and hollow, sometimes
pregnant with things that went unsaid, like a cloud filled with rain that never fell."
but never relinquishes the dream of being reunited with Pari.
At just four, Pari quickly settles into her new life but it is the story of her adoptive parents - the
wild, provocative Nila and her introverted and much older husband Mr. Suleiman Wahdati, that
unravels next as witnessed by Pari's uncle, Nabi. A marriage of convenience it soon disintegrates
when Wahditi suffers a stroke and Nila flees to France, her mother's birthplace, with Pari. Nabi is
left to nurse his invalid employer, remaining with him even as the war begins to rage around
Moving then to Paris, America while never straying far from war torn Afghanistan, the fates of
Abdullah, Pari, and those connected to them are slowly revealed. It is an emotional, poignant
journey that weaves its way in and out of character, time and place.
I do have to admit And The Mountains Echoed was not without its flaws for me. At times I felt
the narrative was disjointed and while eventually Hosseini merges the threads of the splintered
journey it is not always an easy path to follow. Characters come and go, and their importance, or
their relationship to Abdullah and Pari, are not always clear.
Still, I was captivated by the powerful prose and the heartfelt emotion infused in this tale. And
The Mountains Echoed is an epic tale of heartbreak and hope that exposes humanity at its worst
and best. A fine novel that I am pleased to recommend.
Beginning with a highly allegorical bad-ass tale of a child-stealing div, Hosseini weaves several tales of
hurt, death, love, and reunion that spans more than 50 years.
Centered around Pari a young Afghan woman, Hosseini employs a unique technique: by clustering
biographical accounts of the people around our main character, we simultaneously are drawn into her
tale, while being blessed with the story of many different individuals.
Free of melodramatic coincidence, its hard not to be sucked right into this book as if one is reading real
happenings, I'm a pretty skeptical reader, and I found myself wondering how much truth inspired these
Unfortunately while the first 3/4 of the book are brilliant and feel like they are leading towards a
satisfying conclusion, the latter quarter begins to drag and required some determination to finish the
piece. Ultimately worth it but with a slightly under-nourishing conclusion.
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