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Khaled Hosseini
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Book Description

8 May 2014

From the no. 1 bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns

A Richard & Judy Summer Book Club pick

Ten-year-old Abdullah would do anything for his younger sister. In a life of poverty and struggle, with no mother to care for them, Pari is the only person who brings Abdullah happiness. For her, he will trade his only pair of shoes to give her a feather for her treasured collection. When their father sets off with Pari across the desert to Kabul in search of work, Abdullah is determined not to be separated from her. Neither brother nor sister know what this fateful journey will bring them.

And the Mountains Echoed is a deeply moving epic of heartache, hope and, above all, the unbreakable bonds of love.


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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (8 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408842459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408842454
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,503 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Khaled Hosseini is one of the most widely read and beloved novelists in the world, with over thirty eight million copies of his books sold in more than seventy countries. The Kite Runner was a major film and was a Book of the Decade, chosen by The Times, Daily Telegraph and Guardian. A Thousand Splendid Suns was the Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year in 2008. Hosseini is also a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Refugee Agency and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. He was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and lives in northern California.

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A story of love, separation, friendship, compassion, exile, memory and the troubled history of Afghanistan, spanning three continents and sixty years ... Hosseini is a master storyteller (The Times)

Hosseini pulls off his usual - impressive - trick of breaking your heart and leaving you smiling (Daily Telegraph)

Hosseini digs deep and brings up diamonds (Independent on Sunday)

With profound depth and compassion, Hosseini writes about the bonds that define us and shape our lives (Mail on Sunday)

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From the internationally bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, this is Khaled Hosseini's most heartbreaking novel yet.

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482 of 496 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Incredible Novel 25 Mar 2013
By Lincs Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This has probably been my most anticipated new release for a very long time. Like many people, I was totally awestruck by Hosseini's first novel The Kite Runner. His second; A Thousand Splendid Suns is up there in my Top Five Books, I was astounded by the story. Bearing this in mind, and despite my delight at acquiring a pre-publication copy of And The Mountains Echoed, I was a little nervous that I may be a little disappointed.

Khaled Hosseini's fans do have to wait a long time between books, its been five years since A Thousand Splendid Suns. I can truthfully say that this is certainly worth that very very long wait.

This is a story that spans generations, yet starts and finishes with the same characters. In 1952 a father and his two young children are travelling across Afghanistan, father has been promised some much needed work. The children; Abdullah and his little sister Pari are happy to be together, they adore each other and Abdullah has become more of a parent than a brother to Pari. When their mother died just after giving birth to Pari and then their father re-married and new half-siblings joined the family, Abdullah took on the protection and care of Pari. Neither of them can know that this journey will be the beginning of heartbreak that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

With heart-breaking realism, Hosseini tells the tale of a family split apart by poverty and desperation. From the small rural villages to the large bustling cities of Afghanistan, the writing transports the reader into the heart of the story, experiencing the sounds, the smells and the changing political landscapes. From immense poverty, to the greatest riches. From the modest and humble, to the arrogant and the proud, the cast of characters are a triumph.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blown like leaves in the wind... 3 April 2013
By FictionFan TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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"A story is like a moving train: no matter where you hop onboard, you are bound to reach your destination sooner or later."

Within the first few pages of this book, the reader knows s/he's in the hands of a master storyteller. In a village in rural Afghanistan, mid 1940s, a father tells a folk tale to his two young children. On the next day, they will travel to Kabul and start a chain of events that will take the reader on a journey across the world and through the decades.

The novel is made up of a series of linked and interlinked stories about members of this one family, their descendants and people whose lives they touch. Hosseini takes us back and forwards in time but each episode tells a whole story of one of the characters. This made the book feel in some ways like a collection of short stories rather than a novel, but Hosseini brings us round in a perfect circle and the last few chapters bring all these disparate episodes into one immensely moving whole.

The beauty of the writing is only matched by the humanity of the characters. Hosseini takes us inside their minds and their hearts and we see them laid bare, essentially good people but with their flaws and weaknesses exposed, to us and to themselves. Although much of the book takes place in Europe and America, Afghanistan remains at the heart of it because it remains in the hearts of the characters, even though they may have become part of the war- and poverty-driven diaspora.

A beautiful and very moving book that brought me to tears on several occasions, this isn't fundamentally about politics or war; it is about the unforgettable people who populate its pages - about humanity. And though there is sadness and sorrow here, there is also love and joy and a deep sense of hope. Highly recommended.
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150 of 160 people found the following review helpful
By Denise4891 TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Khaled Hosseini's much-anticipated third novel begins with a father and his two children making a journey across Afghanistan, ostensibly so that the father can find work. As they listen to their father's folk tales the children, Abdullah and his beloved little sister Pari, are blissfully unaware of the darker fate which lies in store from them. In some ways Hosseini is treading familiar territory - lives torn apart by the wars in Afghanistan - but in others this is a very different tale, reaching across the twentieth century and focussing on the after-effects of war and the rebuilding of this devastated country.

Abdullah and Pari's story forms the core of the book but we also meet a wide variety of other engaging and fascinating characters. We hear from their uncle Nabi who works for a rich family in Kabul, from Nila, a poetess trapped in a loveless and constraining marriage and Idris and Timur, two brothers whose family fled to the USA when the conflict started and who return many years later to help in the reconstruction of shattered lives and buildings (each with very different motives). There's also Markos, a Greek plastic surgeon who works for a medical charity and Adel, the son of a former warlord who comes to realise that his father is perhaps not the great and benevolent man he thought him to be.

Each character's tale is told in a separate chapter almost as a series of vignettes, but there's a strong inter-linking theme running throughout the book which is the personal tragedy and devastation caused by the successive wars in Afghanistan and the desire to reconstruct the fractured country and fragmented families. Sometimes the characters speak to us in the first person, but other accounts are delivered in the form of a letter or a magazine interview.
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2.0 out of 5 stars His other books were better.
Not what I expected. Complicated plot and too drawn out in places to keep my interest.
His other books were better.
Published 4 hours ago by E M Harrison
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Easy to read and well written. But I am only 1/3 of the way through it.
Published 14 hours ago by Lindsay
4.0 out of 5 stars not as good as the kite runner
Very interesting kept me reading,not as good as the kite runner.
Published 16 hours ago by Halgar
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Published 1 day ago by sian
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart rendering
A beautiful story read with tear stained cheeks for most of the book. Surprising twists and interesting characters. Very enjoyable
Published 1 day ago by Natalie McConnon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Not yet finished but so far wonderful story telling as ever with Hosseini
Published 1 day ago by Mrs. S. V. Hancox
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book
Published 1 day ago by Richard Lea
5.0 out of 5 stars Echo of the past
An epic read. Not easy but well worth the effort of sticking with it. A worthy follow up to Kite Runner and A thousand splendid suns. I await his next book.
Published 2 days ago by scottalot
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Excellent book - a 'must' to read.
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