Here is the book review of “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini:
Published in 2013, A book from Khaled Hosseini, the Bestselling Author of “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns”, the story is set in Afghanistan. This book is a collection of short stories and all these stories are told from the perspective of different characters, and all these stories wind up the main stories beautifully. Same as other Khaled Hosseini books, this story is also painful and full of different emotions.
The story revolves around a family with a man named Saboor and his children, a boy Abdullah and a girl Pari. The two children share a great bond with each other, To Abdullah, Pari – as beautiful and sweet-natured as the fairy for which she was named – is everything. More like a parent than a brother, Abdullah will do anything for her, even trading his only pair of shoes for a feather for her treasured collection. Each night they sleep together in their cot, their heads touching, their limbs tangled. They are a poor family, Saboor finds it hard to find work and earn money, so they struggle through poverty and brutal winters. One day their fate becomes cruel and separates them forever.
And the Mountains Echoed is an ode to siblinghood and all the joys and heartbreaks that come with it – the anguish of separation, the guilt of envy, the comfort of companionship, the burden of responsibility. Unlike his previous books, Hosseini adopts a short-story approach for this one. There are multiple narratives in multiple time-frames spread across several different countries, all connected by a common link to Afghanistan.
We had too much expectations from this book after the last two books of Khaled, unlike the last two books this one was not so awe-inspiring or we had too much expectations from it. But keeping the expectations apart, this is a brilliant story, with a great different way of story telling. A must read for everyone.
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