Book Review: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

And the Mountains Echoed
by Khaled Hosseini

I don’t know what I want to say about this book. My thoughts are a jumbled mess.

Great read? Yes.
Captivating story? Parts of it, yes.
An incredible tale of humanity in a war torn world? Yep.
As good as his previous two? Um maybe not.

The problem with being a phenomenal writer is living up to the expectations you’ve set (or so I would assume since, ya know, not a phenomenal writer here so I’m just guessing). Hosseni’s first two novels were brilliant pieces of work. Echoes is as well. Make no mistake. If I had to put them in order, this would be third on the list.

Read this book.

Hosseni is a remarkable storyteller. With many characters and lives in this piece, I would’ve benefited from a white board in the room with character tree. There were a few times I felt myself thinking “wait, who was this person again?” Don’t let that deter you.

Read this book.

The construction of the novel was different than most. Instead of a regular layout – chronological events that unfold as you read, it’s almost a series of short stories or character studies, with common threads, people, and lives intertwined throughout. You read one characters story from beginning to end then you begin the next person’s story, going back thirty years and reading from their childhood almost through to their death. A lesser writer could not have made this work. Again, Hosseni did it with ease. That’s not to say there weren’t a few times I was a little thrown – the sudden switch in narration and time can leave a few “Wait…what?” moments but it all ties together.

Read this book.

I don’t know if it’s possible to read of his novels without having a little part of your heart broken for the characters and the world he pulls you into, but it’s so worth the aching, the longing, occasionally the tears.

The thing about Hosseini’s books? You never really get a happy ending. For once, that is ok. While the ending may not be lovers riding off into the sunset, you’re left satisfied. How many books have you read with less than neat/perfect/happy lives endings that still leaving you feeling wowed? Not many.

Read this book.

We have good intentions. That was the theme that shouted the loudest to me while reading this. We have good intentions and make what we think are the right choices. This book explores the outcome of those choices and highlights the way that those good intentions don’t always play out the way we’d hoped.

READ THIS BOOK.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

  1. […] Angela@Right Here: The thing about Hosseini’s books? You never really get a happy ending. For once, that is ok. While the ending may not be lovers riding off into the sunset, you’re left satisfied. How many books have you read with less than neat/perfect/happy lives endings that still leaving you feeling wowed? Not many. […]

  2. azshohan says:

    I like Khaled Hosseini books so much. I heard that his new book “And the Mountain Echoed” is available in ebbook format at amazon store. But I need paper copy. Can you give me a source?

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