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And the Mountains Echoed by [Hosseini, Khaled]
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"[Hosseini's] most assured and emotionally gripping story yet . . . Hosseini's narrative gifts have deepened over the years. . . . "[And the Mountains Echoed"] grapples with many of the same themes that crisscross his early novels: the relationship between parents and children, and the ways the past can haunt the present. And it shares a similar penchant for mapping terrain midway between the boldly colored world of fable and the more shadowy, shaded world of realism... [W]e finish this novel with an intimate understanding of who his characters are and how they've defined themselves over the years through the choices they have made between duty and freedom, familial responsibilities and independence, loyalty to home and exile abroad... a deeply affecting choral work... a testament both to his intimate knowledge of their inner lives, and to his power as an old-fashioned storyteller. "--Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times"
"The "Kite Runner" author's latest is a moving saga about sacrifice, betrayal, and the power of family. . . . More expansive than "The Kite Runner "and "A Thousand Splendid Suns," the novel spans three generations and includes overlapping tales of expatriates and aid workers, parents and children, doctors and drug lords. Hosseini shows how easy it is for people to brutalize or abandon those they should protect. But his ultimate achievement is demonstrating the power and persistence of family."--"People "(4 stars)
"[Hosseini's] beautifully written, masterfully crafted new book, "And the Mountains Echoed," spans nearly 60 years of Afghan history as it investigates the consequences of a desperate act that scars two young lives and resonates through many others. . . . "And the Mountains Echoed "is painfully sad but also radiant with love: the enduring bond of a brother and sister; the irritable but bedrock connection of cousins; the quiet intimacy of master and servant who become friends; the commitment of a doctor and nurse t

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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.' (The Daily Telegraph)

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1670 KB
  • Print Length: 145 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1514311690
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1 edition (21 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B0X4PIO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 2,547 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,360 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Khaled Hosseini really disappointed me with this novel. Hosseini is one of my favourite authors. I had this book on my Kindle for years and waited until I was on holiday and could savour it. I was devastated to find out that it had no plot. ‘And the Mountains Echoed’ is a disjointed series of short stories which introduce dozens of characters loosely connected to a house in Kabul over a period of sixty years. You need to take notes in order to keep track of who's who and the character’s random connections with each other. I abandoned the novel twice in frustration and confusion and only finished it because I thought that there would be an amazing ending where everything would suddenly become clear.
There wasn’t and it didn’t.
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By Marand TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Oct. 2013
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I had high hopes after Hosseini's earlier books but I didn't enjoy this as much. It is beautifully written and the first half is very strong but thereafter I found the story dragged. The story is told by several narrators and introduces new characters at regular intervals. I have no problem with this but unfortunately at times, particularly in the last half of the book, these stories seem to take a long while going not very far and at times I couldn't see why the sub-story had been included. A number of characters were introduced who I assumed and expected would play a more significant part in the novel but their involvement just petered out even although there was a certain theme. I also found it frustrating to have to keep flicking back through the pages to check that a character that re-appeared was the one I was thinking of. I felt at times that Hosseini was alluding to greater themes but that these were only partially formed - either that or I was reading too much into things.

Overall I was a little disappointed. My disappointment may have been increased by expectations created by the earlier books, but this one is in my view the weakest of the three.
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I'm a big fan of Khaled Hosseini and although I liked this book it wasn't nearly as good as A Thousand Splendid Suns (which is my most favourite book ever !!! I couldn't put this book down, it was so compelling and think it gave a true picture of the reality of what life is/was for women living in Afghanistan.

He is an wonderful storyteller, and outstanding at bringing the story line all together. However, I just feel ok about And The Mountains Echoed. A good enough read, but nothing all that special, one you can pick up and put down, not especially feeling eager to find out what happens. I enjoy his style of writing, just feel this one could have been better.
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Hussein's narrative adventure in AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED uses as its trigger the forced separation of Abdullah and his sister Pari from their Afghan village at the start of the novel. Its complex episodic structure echoes that early trauma through various kinds of disfigurement and disease as time victimises different generations of siblings and neighbours. The schema works up to a point, but connections are obfuscated by narrative and geographical shifts that dilute the reader's concentration. The ending cleverly undercuts the anticipated fairy tale close in Abdullah's poignant failure to recognise Pari ('fairy' in Parsi) because of his Alzheimer's. It's all the more moving for that reason. Following so many different voices made for a challenging read, sadly not one I would be interested to repeat.
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I found it hard to get into initially and later to remember exactly whom all the characters were but the individual stories were a fascinating glimpse of how intensely involved human relationships are and how someone who appears shallow becomes a benefactor to those less privileged. Also how the vivid personality of a physical damaged person can overcome any distaste experienced by others. A truly fascinating book.
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After the kite runner touching my souls and a thousand splendid suns reducing me to tears on my commute to work, I was expecting great things here....alas it seemed churned out too quickly and a real disappointment. I even reluctantly gave it to my local charity shop as would not encourage others to read it...
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Another insight into ordinary lives in Afghanistan, their loves, struggles and strength of character. Reflections on difficult decisions taken and their everlasting effects. Different voices for different views. Beautiful prose.
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Great read however I was confused in parts when it moved about. Enjoyed the descriptions of the places as I could picture it in my mind.
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