Tuesday, May 28, 2013

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini 
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publishing Date: 5/21/2013
ISBN: 9781594631764
402 Pages


It begins with the heartbreaking, unparalleled bond between two motherless siblings in an Afghan village. To three-year-old Pari, big brother Abdullah is more mother than brother. To ten-year-old Abdullah, little Pari is his everything. What happens to them - and the large and small manners in which it echoes through the lives of so many other people - is proof of the moral complexity of life. In a multigenerational novel revolving around not just parents and children but also brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which family members love, 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.

My Review

This story describes the beauty and essence of Afghanistan that makes us all fall in love with the country. Hosseini explores the relationships between parents, their children, extended family and friends in such a way that no one else can. I immediately fell in love with these characters. I sympathized with them, celebrated with them, and explored their relationships with them. I really enjoyed this book and can't say enough good things about it! Hosseini's writing style is elegant and beautiful. He brings beauty to a country that has been consumed by war and violence for so many years. I love reading his books because I learn a little more about the culture every time, and I find it very fascinating!

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  1. I have loved everything Khaled Hosseini has written and this novel is also magnificent. I feel grateful and honored to be able to read every beautiful work of high art.
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    1. I feel the same way. The way he writes is so beautiful and his stories pull at my heart strings. Every time something new comes out, I just have to get a copy!