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And the Mountains Echoed Hardcover – 21 May 2013
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A story of love, separation, friendship, compassion, exile, memory and the troubled history of Afghanistan, spanning three continents and 60 years... Hosseini is a master storyteller and his characters brim with life... This novel will not disappoint his many admirers (Paul Dunn The Times)
Hosseini's evocative tales don't just capture hearts, they break them (Glamour)
I defy any critics less high-minded than, say, F.R. Leavis not to enjoy the sheer zest with which Hosseini goes about his business here - or admire the unhurried confidence with which he sweeps through the years. And if they do admit that resistance is futile and allow their heartstrings to be shamelessly tugged, they might spot something else as well: in its admittedly unsubtle way, the novel gives a thorough airing to the central question of whether it's better to stay true to your roots or rise above them ... Let's face it, Hosseini is a master storyteller (James Walton Spectator)
Fascinating and moving (Stylist)
A profoundly moving story of how families love, betray, honour and make sacrifices for each other (Woman & Home)
Yes, there will be tears (InStyle)
Heart warming and beautiful (Essentials)
Clever and moving (Easy Living)
Hosseini pulls off his usual - impressive - trick of breaking your heart and leaving you smiling (Helen Brown Daily Telegraph)
Tremendously moving (Omid Djalili Daily Express)
From the no. 1 bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, the book that readers everywhere have been waiting for: his first novel in six years.See all Product description
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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.
Needless to say it did not disappoint
And The Mountains Echoed is absolutely fantastic. it follows the previous books by being set in pre-war Afghanistan and then showcasing the lives of those who are affected by the war and the devastating .effect it has on lives.
the story opens with a anecdote that i found heart wrenching with the Div and little Qais.
The story is primarily about a brother ans sister - Abdullah and Pari. the bond between these two is clearly established and then it is shown as they are ripped apart when Pari is sold to another woman. this book perfectly captured the anguish of children and the pain that is must be for a parent to have to lose a child.
Khaled Hosseini did not disappoint, however if there is one criticism of the book then it is that i did not see the need for at least one of the character point of views, i did not feel that it added anything to the story but other than that this book is FANTASTIC!!!
I was also irritated by the jumping between time periods and characters which adds nothing to the book at all; this story could have been told chronologically and it would have been better.
I wonder if he really intended the book to be like this or did he get lost along the way?
Having said that there was much to enjoy and some thought provoking themes to think about.
From the 1950s to the present day, and ranging from war-torn Afghanistan to France, to Greece, to America, this remarkable saga embraces several families, their lives interwoven by many invisible threads of fate.
The tale is told by means of frequent flashbacks, but minus the clear date or place references that usually simplify the reader’s task when this device is used, and it did sometimes take me a few moments to realise of whom and of where I was reading. Apart from this minor irritation, it’s an excellent read. I found it often heartrending, sometimes delighting, but always riveting.
This has been a great book, but the reason I didn't give it a full 5-star rating was due to the fact that it jumped around a lot.
The book begins in 1950s Afghanistan, and I was thinking "finally! a book about Afghanistan without mention of the wars or Taliban!", but it jumps forward a lot and backwards too. There are many different characters and at times hard to keep up with the sheer volume of happenings.
That said however, it reads easy, and it stays true to the author's style. And yeah, eventually there is mention of the war and the Taliban, but thankfully that does not centre as a main part of the story as it does in his other books.
I would recommend this book. Whilst not amazing, I still enjoyed reading it and if you like the author's other books, you'll like this one too