Writers that can bring cultures and histories of faraway places alive are few and far between. This writer brings alive the culture and history of Afghanistan through a series of individual stories that tie together in a beautiful way.
My only complaint is rather my own limited mind. The stories are wonderfully told. I just wish I had known that this novel is actually about several different stories that cross sect only so briefly however so deeply. I am anxious to re-read it know that I understand it. His illustrations are so vivid and moving.
This book was difficult to follow with many characters and a lot of skipping about in time and between generations. It would be helpful to explain the connection of one character to another a little more as the book unfolds.
Currently listening to 13 Moons
Although the Afghanistan accents added to the authenticity of the story sometimes they were difficult to understand and their reading lacked energy. Professional readers would be helpful.
I loved The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, but found that I had a harder time getting into this book. It wasn't awful, but I felt this book's story wasn't up to par with the previous two books. Still remain hopeful for any new books of Hosseini :D
Amazing, Great story, shocking!!
The male narrator is easier to follow than the female. No offense to the female narrator but the accent makes it hard to follow at times.
Yes and no depending on the narrators.
I am listening to the book on my way to work and I really get into it to the point I sit in my car for an extra few minutes to finish the section I am in. The flow of the book is not straight forward but it does leave hints in place to connect the dots at a later time. The author swings back and forth in time and various characters come in and go as other people mentioned. The narrators in the audible version change and some of them are harder to follow than others. Overall excellent story.
Keep your tissue box near. I don't know how he does but Khalid Hosseini puts into words human emotion better than anyone else I've read. This is close to home for me especially the part about caring for aging loved ones and the strange feeling of guilty impatience and even shameful revulsion sometimes. I enjoyed this book very much.
A touching story beautifully told. Life in this Afghan village was not easy in the early 1950s when the story begins. Mothers die in childbirth. Babies die of cold because their fathers cannot keep food on the table and fuel in the fireplace. Families sell their young children for money to keep the rest of the family alive.
The story at the center of this complex novel is that of a brother and sister: she sold at age 3 to a wealthy childless artist in Kabul; he remaining with his father and the hard life in the village; and a lifetime of planning to reunite with his little sister. Branching off these two characters and their story are many characters and story lines set in divers countries and cities over 60 years. It's not a light read; there's a lot of real life in it. Lit freaks, prepare to be engrossed.
I have listened to A Thousand Splendid Suns and it was great. The Problem with And The Mountains Echoed, is that the 2nd narrator that comes on is so hard to understand. He reads incredibly slow and with a very thick accent. So difficult to follow...and if you speed up his read in the Audible App (even just 1.5), then you can't make out 50% of the words. Frustrating
I loved all of Mr. Hosseini books but this is my least favourite. I think there were too many characters. Loved the readers, they did it beautifully but I often felt the urge to offer them a glass of water, which was distracting.