And the Mountains Echoed

And the Mountains Echoed

Book - 2013
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A multigenerational-family story revolving around brothers and sisters, it is an emotional, provocative, and unforgettable novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. With profound wisdom, insight and compassion, Hosseini demonstrates once again his deeply felt understanding of the bonds that define us and shape our lives, and of what it means to be human.
Publisher: Toronto : Viking, ©2013.
ISBN: 9780670067510
9781594631764
Characteristics: 404 pages ;,25 cm

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Dassa_Alora
Jul 13, 2019

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.

IndyPL_MoiraD Feb 20, 2019

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.

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Alma_Anya
Nov 22, 2018

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!

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Linyarai
Jun 08, 2018

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.

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sgcf
Apr 11, 2018

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)

ArapahoeAnnaL Dec 14, 2017

Compelling and complex. A humane story beautifully written!

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Missakit
May 10, 2017

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.

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yesucan
Feb 23, 2017

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.

JCLDebbieF Oct 13, 2016

Engrossing, engaging, I felt the characters' pain, sorrow, happiness,and worries of their daily lives in Afghanistan.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 02, 2016

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

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