And the Mountains Echoed

A Novel

Hosseini, Khaled

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
And the Mountains Echoed
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.
Publisher: New York :, Riverhead Books,, 2013
ISBN: 159463176X
Characteristics: 404 pages ; 25 cm


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This story is absolute perfection :)

Feb 03, 2015
  • sharon711 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The novel begins with a story. Saboor tells his kids, Abdullah and Pari, how one family in the village each year is asked to sacrifice a child so that all the others in the family can live. The tale parallels the young family’s situation in real life. Pari and Abdullah are torn apart through terrible misfortune.

Through the stories of various characters in the book, all related in some way to Pari, we come to see that although we are all different, we are also all the same in our struggle to survive, to find love and happiness. Thus there is an echo reverberating across the generations and through time.

In contrast to Hosseini’s previous novels where a momentous story unravels as we delve deeper into the book, in this one we are treated to a series of smaller stories that intertwine to make a whole. This satisfying and compelling character study shows how we are all human in spite of our complex and messy differences. Unforgettable.

Sep 23, 2014
  • becker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent storytelling although a different structure than what we are used to in his previous books. No one can tell a story like Hosseini and this book is no exception.

Aug 30, 2014
  • shizukosan1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing storytelling

Aug 13, 2014
  • Travel rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Far more characters in this than in the previous books, and less pull emotionally for me as a result. I will never, ever, forget Maryam in A Thousand Splendid Suns, but these characters are less deeply drawn. Still one of the best books I've read lately.

Jul 14, 2014
  • laratis rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have not finished this book yet but can't help commenting on it.
Like his other two books this book is wonderfull. I love both of his other books and this one is just as amazing.
I wish that I was a great writer myself to convey just how tremendous his stories are but I am not.
Do yourself a favor and read Mr. Hosseinis books!
I've finished it and must say I was sad that it ended. The author seems to have a true love for humans (if he doesn't he fooled me). I hope Mr. Hossenini has more stories to tell all those who would care to read his books.

Jun 16, 2014
  • sshears rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I had a hard time getting into this book but by page 130 I was hooked!! I enjoyed the characters, although I agree it did bounce around a lot with different points of view.

Jun 15, 2014
  • emmilee rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Hosseini truly utilized his amazing storytelling skills and ability to evoke emotions in and relate to his audience. This novel focuses mostly on sibling relationships, as opposed to his last two novels. I will admit the point of view changes often, but the characters all connect to the main two protagonists. It won't make you cry as his other two books will, but I do think you'll learn a little something about family.

Jun 04, 2014
  • occy rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Although I have enjoyed Hosseini's previous novels, I cldn't get into this one. It just seemed to be all over the place. Maybe I was just reading it at the wrong time but sometimes you just don't want to put a lot of effort into getting into a story, you want to flow along with the tale. Just didn't do it for me.

May pick it up at a later date and try again.

May 28, 2014
  • eberg rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Khaled Hosseini is a great storyteller, and this book is no exception. As with his other novels he writes a compelling tale about people affected by the continuing issues in Afghanistan. I didn't like this story as much as his other two as I felt it had too many different story lines, and though interesting to see the different points of view, it distracted my attention and made me care less about the story overall. A couple of the story lines could have been left out completely and others expanded. I liked the opening "fairy tale" that frames the whole book, it adds context for your reading.

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Jun 15, 2014
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