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And the Mountains Echoed

Hosseini, Khaled (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
And the Mountains Echoed


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Presents a story inspired by human love, how people take care of one another, and how choices resonate through subsequent generations. Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and step-mother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters. To Adbullah, Pari, as beautiful and sweet-natured as the fairy for which she was named, is everything; there is an unparalleled bond between these two motherless siblings. What happens to them, and the large and small manners in which it echos through the lives of so many other people is an example of the moral complexity of life. In this multigenerational novel revolving around parents and children, brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, the author explores the many ways in which family members love, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another.
Authors: Hosseini, Khaled
Title: And the mountains echoed
Publisher: New York :, Riverhead Books,, 2013.
Characteristics: 404 pages ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: Presents a story inspired by human love, how people take care of one another, and how choices resonate through subsequent generations. Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and step-mother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters. To Adbullah, Pari, as beautiful and sweet-natured as the fairy for which she was named, is everything; there is an unparalleled bond between these two motherless siblings. What happens to them, and the large and small manners in which it echos through the lives of so many other people is an example of the moral complexity of life. In this multigenerational novel revolving around parents and children, brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, the author explores the many ways in which family members love, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another.
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ISBN: 9781594631764
159463176X
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Report This Mar 29, 2014
  • kimh454 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really liked this book. I hope he writes more.

Report This Mar 28, 2014
  • sborel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Another excellent book from this author; it was thoroughly enjoyable. I loved the characters and the story.

Report This Mar 13, 2014
  • Edgarmole rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a good book, with sensitive writing and memorable characters. I did find it confusing that there were so many characters, and the author switched back and forth among them, often without identifying who we were reading about in a particular chapter. My impression was that the author was actually writing a movie. However, the stories of the different characters were moving and realistic. It was easy for me to identify with most of them. Perhaps the rich=shallow people was a bit overdone. Some of the well intentioned characters turn out to be too weak in character to fight or correct injustices. The plot has at its core the story of siblings with a very strong bond of love, and how they met again after very different destinies. Thus the author explores the themes of abandonment, love, poverty, and the nature of childhood.

Report This Feb 19, 2014
  • geezr_rdr rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is an OK book, but nowhere near the pizzazz of the Kite Runner.

Report This Feb 02, 2014
  • Cocobluu rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a beautiful rich tapestry woven with the lives of Abdullah and his little sister, Pari. It is a story about family, duty, choices, consequences, love, joy, and pain. It exposed the bright lights of humanity and the dark shadows that live within people and communities. I felt happiness and at other times I felt like my own soul was torn, as if my very own emotional fabric was attached to the words. I think it is a rare and wonderful author that is able to weave such a tale.

Report This Dec 24, 2013
  • olemissann rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In my opinion, this is another fine novel from Khaled Hosseini. It is a thought-provoking description of events spanning many years, several generations, and various countries. Although I recommend the book, it is sometimes difficult to follow because of the numerous characters and changes in setting and narration. I had to pay close attention to detail and sometimes had to flip back to review information I missed or had forgotten. All in all, a very good book.

Report This Dec 19, 2013
  • samutavi rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This was a disappointment. His first two novels are close to perfect so I can't help having high expectations for his work. The early parts of this story set in Afghanistan are wonderful and engaging, but the present day story lines just didn't resonate with me. He wasn't able to weave the two together to my satisfaction.

Report This Dec 18, 2013
  • dawnaleger rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I read his two other books and I never wanted them to end. This one however, I couldn't wait for it to end.

Report This Dec 14, 2013
  • bigoz123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Like both of his others...a great book.

I didn't care for this book nearly as much as his other books. It was a combination of short stories that joined the characters together but I found it a bit cumbersome at times going from character to character through different years in time.

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