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As I began reading the book, I was excited and could barely put it down. Then so many characters were introduced I lost interest and gave up reading it. This was a shame because I loved The Kite Runner, but this book seemed like hard work.
I can understand why some critics call Hosseini's books a little too contrived. There is no doubt while reading that all of the stories will be wrapped up with a bow in the end. (Not that the ending will be a happy one.) They even feel a little predictable at times. But, honestly, I don't care. I love the stories he tells. He weaves together tales of multiple generations all over the world (mostly set in his home country of Afghanistan) and they are absolutely enthralling and most often heartbreaking. This is one that gave me a book hangover. I had to wait a good 24 hours before I could start another. I loved it.
Khaled Hosseini knows how to draw readers in. By writing with such elegant and immense detailed, Hosseini is able to pull the readers into the lives of the numerous characters throughout the book that are part of a much greater interlocking story. If you enjoy a book that provides intense emotional connection to the characters that spans decades, then this book will provide you with such and much, much more.
I was pulled into this book and its beautifully complex characters. I found myself contemplating the heart-wrenching decisions each character made, having to ask myself honestly what I would do given the same situation. This book is a powerful reminder of how one person's life can have a ripple-effect upon many others, how interconnected we all are. Highly recommended. A great book club choice.
A father forced to make the decision to give up his daughter in order to save her from a life a despair.
A daughter forced to rebel in order to save herself from a life of subservience.
A wife forced to walk away from her life in order to accept that she will never be loved by her husband.
A sister forced to search of the one thing she can't recall but knows it's missing from her life.
All these stories, spanning over many decades and across the globe come together in a parallel world of love, hope, loss, acceptance, forgiveness, despair and so much more. This novel is bursting with emotions that centres around the separation of 2 siblings that grips readers right from the beginning and doesn't let go until the very end. Another one of Hosseini's book that is a must read!
I read this for the "A Book Set In The Middle East" part of my 2018 reading challenge. This was fantastic! Having not loved The Kite Runner I was a bit unsure at first, but it turned out to be terrific. I loved the different stories and the connections between all of the characters, and I thought the ending was really touching and well done.
Wonderful read! I was well into the book before I realized the multi-layered nature of the book, that the structure was akin to nine short stories, but very interconnected. Stories that 'echo' and relate back to the original story of separation. Each character is complete and fully drawn, and the thread tying them all together is Afghanistan’s unfolding history over 60 years that has a hold on each of them. Hosseini is a master storyteller who handles the language beautifully.
A favourite quote: ”I learned the world didn’t see the inside of you, that it didn’t care a whit about the hopes and dreams and sorrows that lay masked by skin and bone.” (p. 329)
Compelling and complex. A humane story beautifully written!
One of very few books where I couldn't predict what would happen next and could not turn the pages fast enough. Complex situations and characters, it will break your heart but also give you hope. I have told so many people they must read this book. Beautifully written.
Did not feel as involved with the characters as with his other books. Did not like any of the characters, nor the way the story flowed.
Engrossing, engaging, I felt the characters' pain, sorrow, happiness,and worries of their daily lives in Afghanistan.
And the Mountains Echoed is a powerful story that gives insight on experiences, choices and humanity. As the story progresses, a variety of characters are introduced, all of whom are connected to each other in some way and face an inner struggle. Hosseini has beautifully illustrated the intricacy of relationships between brothers and sisters, relatives, friends, and strangers. Hosseini’s remarkable writing techniques convey the prominent themes of the story in an engaging way, allowing the reader to visualize the events. And the Mountains Echoed is rich with emotion and conjures an enchanting effect on the reader’s mind and heart. For those who enjoyed The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, this story will not be a disappointment. 5/5 Stars
- @VirtueofReading of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
Khaled Hosseini’s third book, And the Mountains Echoed, is a novel about the life of many different characters of many different generations. The story begins with three year old Pari, her older brother Abdullah, and their father as they trek to the city of Kabul, Afghanistan. Unknowing of their father’s intentions at the time, Pari and Abdullah are excited to visit the house of a wealthy couple. Upon arrival, Abdullah learns of Pari’s fate, to be sold to the childless couple.The novel then unfolds and accounts the stories of different characters of several generations. This novel is very well written however, as there is an excessive amount of plot lines and characters to follow, I wound up confused and lost during my reading quite a few times.
- @BookLover of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
I was introduced to this book a couple years ago and after reading it a second time I must again acknowledge how gifted a writer Khaled Hosseini is. AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED contains unforgettable characters whose storylines are intertwined. As they experience love, family, sacrifice, secrets, responsibility, dignity, and loss I am reminded that these themes transcend all cultures.
Wonderful book teaching us the true meaning of life. However, I found they were too many characters and some came unexpectedly.
Wonderful complex plot braided with myth and heartache of real life. It was difficult for me to follow some of the innuendo hidden in cultural norms and practices, but this will provoke a great discussion for our book club.
A family saga, revealing how a single act can cause unexpected reverberations, both laterally and through multiple generations. Heartbreaking in almost every possible way.
Just finished this for our Last Wednesday Book Club at LPL. I felt like I was being punched in the gut with emotions over and over... but in a really good way. Hosseini's characters in this particular novel are well-rounded, complex, and engaging. Loved it.
Another beautiful story from a master storyteller.
Mar.7,2015 This book has a marvellous story. I enjoyed it very much however I must comment on the large number of characters, locations and families. Unless you have the luxury of sitting and reading an entire book at one sitting it is very hard to come back to this book and remember, who the person is, it what year the author is now in and what country he/she is in. I am finding this rambling structure a lot lately and I would like to know why such a burden is put on the reader. It does detract from my enjoyment.
The Afghani folktale about sacrificing one child for the good of the village begins the book and is the theme that runs through the rest. Pari, the young girl sold to a wealthy childless woman, is the hub that connects all the characters. The story is constructed like an oval, starting at one point with Pari, branching out to include other connected characters, and then circling back to her. All this is told through scenes plucked from the lives of the characters. This is not a saga where the Afghan culture and the sweeping devastation of the many conflicts throughout Afghan history take centre stage. This is a very human scale rendering of a story of people. There is much to think about in this book-family, love, war, property, ownership, business, good, bad. It made me stop and ponder as I read; something that doesn't happen very often.
The novel begins with a story. Saboor tells his kids, Abdullah and Pari, how one family in the village each year is asked to sacrifice a child so that all the others in the family can live. The tale parallels the young family’s situation in real life. Pari and Abdullah are torn apart through terrible misfortune.
Through the stories of various characters in the book, all related in some way to Pari, we come to see that although we are all different, we are also all the same in our struggle to survive, to find love and happiness. Thus there is an echo reverberating across the generations and through time.
In contrast to Hosseini’s previous novels where a momentous story unravels as we delve deeper into the book, in this one we are treated to a series of smaller stories that intertwine to make a whole. This satisfying and compelling character study shows how we are all human in spite of our complex and messy differences. Unforgettable.
Far more characters in this than in the previous books, and less pull emotionally for me as a result. I will never, ever, forget Maryam in A Thousand Splendid Suns, but these characters are less deeply drawn. Still one of the best books I've read lately.
I have not finished this book yet but can't help commenting on it.
Like his other two books this book is wonderfull. I love both of his other books and this one is just as amazing.
I wish that I was a great writer myself to convey just how tremendous his stories are but I am not.
Do yourself a favor and read Mr. Hosseinis books!
I've finished it and must say I was sad that it ended. The author seems to have a true love for humans (if he doesn't he fooled me). I hope Mr. Hossenini has more stories to tell all those who would care to read his books.