Friday, 18 September 2015

Book Review : And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Author         : Khaled Hosseini
Genre          : Fiction
Publisher      : Riverhead Books
Date Published : 21/05/2013
Pages          : 404
Rating         : 4/5


Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling 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 turning page.


"All my life, I have lived like an aquarium fish in the safety of a glass tank, behind a barrier as impenetrable as it has been transparent. I have been free to observe the glimmering world on the other side, to picture myself in it, if I like. But I have always been contained, hemmed in, by the hard, unyielding confines of the existence that Baba has constructed for me, at first knowingly, when I was young, and now guilelessly, now that he is fading day by day. I think I have grown accustomed to the glass and am terrified that when it breaks, when I am alone, I will spill out into the wide open unknown and flop around, helpless, lost, gasping for breath."

It starts with Afghanistan in it's pre-war days. This book is about an Afghanistan family from 1950s to modern day. This is a difficult book for me to review. I loved the first one third, but most of the middle of the book just didn't grab me (I was confused and bored ). There are so many characters in the book! I was hoping the entire story to be about the primary characters ( Abdullah and Pari ) and I wanted more details of the war in Afghanistan. I don't know why everything just moved too fast-forward in time and all the characters got old too quickly. Abdullah and his sister Pari were really intresting but then i began to get lost in the book and rapidly my interest waned.

This book is a heart-felt tale that combines many characters and storylines but something was missing in this book. This book leaves me wanting something more. Although the book was good, it wasn't breathtaking.Overall, I would not recommend this book to someone who hasn't read Khaled Hosseini previous books. I look forward to reading his next book.