An unforgettable novel 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 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 sentence.
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I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
I did not read the printed version. But I can't imagine that it could beat the audio book.
The voices were so expressive and outstanding.
I cannot think right now, of another book that I would compare And the Mountains Echoed to. It is quite unique in its constant switching from the past to the present, and at times, it took a minute to figure out which character was being featured. However, the overall effect was to weave all the various stories about the characters as children and as adults into a beautiful if not painful saga in which family members experienced loss and reunion, but not in a timely fashion, drastically affecting the outcome. A must read.
I think Pari (spelling?) would be my favourite.
I did all of the above. I laughed, I cried and felt deeply for the characters. The character development was one of the strengths of this book. I had read Mr. Hosseini's two previous books which I absolutely loved. This one was a bit different in its layout and premise.
But it is a triumphant work that I am very glad I read.
A beautiful story told with interconnected vignettes.Each of us has a tale which when looked at closely can be influenced or is influenced by our relationships with others.There are tragedies and love stories, passions and selfishness, decisions and outcomes. Is what we see the reality or an illusion. Khaled Hosseini is without question a leading light in literature today and the narration makes it a deeply moving novel. Do not miss.
Yes. I read A Thousand Splendid Suns" several years ago, and was thrilled when this book was released. There are several narrative styles, beautiful landscapes, and all the characters, even periferally, tie together in some manner of another. It is an incredible story of love, loss, deceit, and the things we fear.
The story of Marcos and Talia.. the best of friends and unrelated siblings. While in some ways, Talia is periferal to the story, Marcos loves her deeply, and it parallels the relationship between Abdullah and Peri.
Hard to say. There are so many...
I enjoyed this book; I think maybe it could have been better if each narrative portion had its own narrator, rather than only three of them... but this is a minor quibble in a sweeping epic.
I am glad I purchased this book, and will purchase A Thousand Splendid Suns soon; I have not yet read the Kite Runner, but also plan to do so.
Well narrated, interesting intertwining character stories, but depressing. I am glad I listened to it, though. Interesting glimpses at Afghanistan history and culture.
Yes, in fact the second it was done I paused, contemplated the tale and restarted the narration.
Abdula. He was the cornerstone of integrity and love and yet also perfectly illustrates the main conflicts of the book.
Yes. I couldn't put it down
I've been to Afganistan - on a mountain journey last year - and am fascinated by the land and its people. This book was incredible. It began with the famous Rumi quote: "Out beyond ideas of right doing and wrong doing there is a field. I'll meet you there." The entire novel explores this middle landscape of the powerful human condition. I can't recommend it strongly enough.
Yes, the story is layers and moves easily from character to time and place. I loved the narration and the music stirred in for effect. You are taken on a journey to places and decades prominent today and historically. It was great!
no thanks - I've read 2 of his books now. Stories of people behaving badly towards other people. I find the situations and conversations to be contrived. The stories are supposed to be heart rendering I suppose, but I find them predictable and melodramatic.
His accent was kind of cute, but got annoying as the story dragged on.
I did a lot of groaning and eye rolling while repeating "Oh brother". Something like watching a Matthew McConaughey movie.
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Hosseini's books may not contain the most likable characters - but they all keep your interest - warts and all - and as always a story line that keeps you listening to the end.
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