On May 21, 2013, the new novel from Khaled Hosseini: an unforgettable story about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else.
Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling 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 globefrom Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinosthe story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each passing minute.
©2013 Khaled Hosseini (P)2013 Penguin Audio
As with his other novels, Hosseini does an amazing job telling stories that are warm, touching and incredibly sobering. A great exploration of human reality and a wonderful portrayal of Afghanistan. I did not love how this book is written, telling the story each time from the perspective of a different character (I am sure there is a literary name for it which the more educated readers probably know). It did not allow me to connect to the plot and characters as strongly and emotionally as I did in Hosseini's other novels.
I love the authentic narration and the fact that Hosseini does not allow his novels, in their recorded productions, to be watered down by bland American accents. Having authentic Afghan readers makes a huge different. I cannot understand how some other international writers do not see that and allow their writing to be butchered by Americans who do not speak the novel's native language.
The author is a wonderful storyteller and I enjoyed the narration as well. I enjoyed this book as much as Hosseini's previous two books. His writing is so poetic and he is masterful at drawing you into each story that is told in this book. Truly enjoyable.
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.
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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.
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