Title: And The Mountains Echoed
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Publisher: Penguin Group Canada
Genre: Historical Fiction; Adult Fiction
Pages: 404 pages
Obtained from: Received as prize for contest by Penguin Group Canada
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.
And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini was a very good book. I really enjoyed reading about the two main characters- Pari and Abdullah, as well as all of the other characters who played a part in the story. Khaled Hosseini is an exceptional storyteller who knows how to tug at your heart strings and also how to make you think about life, loss, love, and family. Right from the first page, you are invested in the story and can feel a good pull on the heart strings.
The story has a whole host of characters, each with their own story, all of which are expertly woven together to create the bigger picture. When I first started reading I was surprised that he kept jumping from character to character, but as I read on, I realized that he was continuing the story. He managed to keep the story moving by focusing on different characters and explaining how that character “grew up”. I really enjoyed the fact that he did this, since it helped to create the whole picture of the lives of Pari and Abdullah.
This is a book that you will want to re-read again. You really get connected to the characters and want everything to work out with them. I know that I felt a deep connection with Pari, maybe because both of us are the younger sister, but my heart broke for her during the story. I was happy for her, because she got to live a great life and got amazing opportunities, but at the same time, I couldn’t imagine going through what she went through.
Khaled Hosseini did an amazing job telling a story about love, loss and especially family.
‘A story is like a moving train: no matter where you hop onboard, you are bound to reach your destination sooner or later.’
– And the Mountains Echoed, Page 74
‘ James Parkinson. George Huntington. Robert Graves. John Down. Now this Lou Gehrig fellow of mine. How did men come to monopolize disease names too?’
– And the Mountains Echoed, Pages 342