Friday, March 14, 2014

Read Review: And The Mountains Echoed

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb: Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most.

Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.

I loved this book. Such intricate yet engaging storytelling. Single story which is revealed in several stories of fhe characters. The book is not a single narration. It is narrated in third person as well as in first person of different characters. Although it is about the brother Abdullah and his kid sister Pari who are separated in childhood, the novel is the stories of certain characters who play some role as well as important roles in their lives and their comnection is revealed across the novel. I found the story of Parwana, the children's stepmother, very intriguing.Nabi,Nila and Suleiman's relations were complicated yet simple. Idris and Timur gave glimpses of basic but different human natures.The backdrop is Afghanistan but the story travels across Europe, USA, Greece and Pakistan as well. I devoured the book with relish. But I wished Abdullah and Pari were reunited much earlier. I think I loved the storytelling more than the story itself.

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