Book Review: And the Mountains Echoed

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Author- Khaled Hosseini

What if I told you in this wide wonderful world terrible things are happening every minute or in this terribly cruel and ruthless world there are some bonds so deep, some moments so dear that they want us to cherish life a lot more than we do. And this is why books by Khaled Hosseini are not just timeless but also enriched and fortified with emotions, that we all have either felt or are at least capable of feeling.

Hosseini’s third book “And the Mountains Echoed” starts from the terrains of Afghanistan, and travels to France, the US, and Greece, telling many stories intertwined with each other, and placing the love of a brother and sister at the heart of its journey. The story is of Abdullah and Pari through various cities and timelines, which is carefully knit with the stories of Parwana, Nila, Nabi, Masooma and so many more characters, that instead of creating clutter, these all put together to leave the reader with a mix of emotions and thoughts. Hosseini experimented with the narrative of the book (which differs from the two of his earlier works, “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns”) and came out with flying colors. The book however fades a bit when compared to Hosseini’s previous book “A Thousand Splendid Suns” but as a stand-alone work, it is a great piece which is engaging and an absolute page-turner. The story makes the reader wonder, hope, and think more.

“And the mountains echoed” is a tale of tolerance and rebellion, jealousy, selfishness as well as sacrifice and selflessness. A tale that leaves the reader with smile, tears, hope, despair all the way.

Rating for this book – ***/5


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