And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

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One Response to “And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini”

  1. bachbooks Says:

    Summary:
    And the Mountains Echoed begins with Abdullah and his beloved sister Pari listening to their father tell a story which foreshadows the remainder of the book. This starts a series of tangentially related stories about their uncle Nabi, his employers Mr. and Mrs. Wahdati (Nila), Nabi’s tenant Mr. Markos, the neighbor cousins Idris and Timur, “neighbors” Adel and Gholam, Markos’ mother and dear friend Thalia, and returns to the story of Abdullah and Pari. In addition to this vast cast of characters, the settings of Abdullah’s village Shadbagh and the Wahdatis’ house in Kabul play important roles (along with forays to Paris, a Greek isle, and the Bay area). Each of the stories adds to the larger narrative some perspective on the relationships, memories, people, and places which make up a singular life and the connections which tie each individual to a community spanning the globe.

    Evaluation:
    Hosseini attempts to craft a creative and ambitious story to provide insight into the human challenges of relationships, loyalty, truth, time, and distance. I enjoyed reading the various stories, and I hoped they would somehow converge to tell a larger tale. In the end, they sprawled out in my memory, challenging me to weave the strands between them into a coherent cloth. Mission not quite accomplished. In Hosseini’s other books, I have felt more connected to the main characters and engaged in their stores. The author had me hooked at several points in the story, but the frequent narrative shifts helped me slip the line. And the Mountains Echoed features so many characters and perspectives I found it hard to truly connect with each. When each story shifted, I often found myself missing the last one until its characters resurfaced in some form later in the book. The novel probably warrants rereading. On my first attempt, I found myself intrigued but not enthralled; Hosseini set out to create an epic story of family, place, and purpose, and he partially succeeds.

    Rating: 3 stars

    Recommendations: The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Sometimes a Great Notion, The Brothers K

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