Thursday, November 18, 2021

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini - Book Review


Title - And The Mountains Echoed

Author - Khaled Hosseini

Publisher - Penguin Publishing Group

Genre - Fiction

Publication Date - June 3, 2014

My Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5


So, then. You want a story and I will tell you one...

Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and stepmother 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 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. One day the siblings journey across the desert to Kabul with their father. 

Pari and Abdullah have no sense of the fate that awaits them there, for the event which unfolds will tear their lives apart; sometimes a finger must be cut to save the hand. Crossing generations and continents, moving from Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, to the Greek island of Tinos, with profound wisdom, depth, insight and compassion, Khaled Hosseini writes about the bonds that define us and shape our lives, the ways in which we help our loved ones in need, how the choices we make resonate through history and how we are often surprised by the people closest to us.


How could they do that to a little child?

That was the only question that accompanied me while reading the book.

I enjoy reading Khaled Hosseini's books and love them, but this one caused mixed emotions. A well-written story that begins with the legend that was told by the father to his children. The legend had become the reality and nightmares for them. It hookes a reader at once, but...

So what then?

Then there are several separate stories that are difficult to connect to the main storyline, so I was disappointed by that way of narrative. I expected more from the book.

4 stars from me. This book is worth reading.


Khaled Hosseini is one of the most widely read and beloved novelists in the world, with over thirty eight million copies of his books sold in more than seventy countries. The Kite Runner was a major film and was a Book of the Decade, chosen by The Times, Daily Telegraph and Guardian. A Thousand Splendid Suns was the Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year in 2008. Hosseini is also a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Refugee Agency and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. He was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and lives in northern California.

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