And the Mountains Echoed

And the Mountains Echoed

Large Print - 2014
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Presents a story inspired by human love, how people take care of one another, and how choices resonate through subsequent generations. Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and step-mother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters. To Adbullah, Pari, as beautiful and sweet-natured as the fairy for which she was named, is everything; there is an unparalleled bond between these two motherless siblings. What happens to them, and the large and small manners in which it echos through the lives of so many other people is an example of the moral complexity of life. In this multigenerational novel revolving around parents and children, brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, the author explores the many ways in which family members love, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Mich. : Large Print Press, [2014]
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781594137495
1594137498
Branch Call Number: FICTION Hos
Description: 595 pages (large print) ; 22 cm

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Linyarai
Jun 08, 2018

I read this for the "A Book Set In The Middle East" part of my 2018 reading challenge. This was fantastic! Having not loved The Kite Runner I was a bit unsure at first, but it turned out to be terrific. I loved the different stories and the connections between all of the characters, and I thought the ending was really touching and well done.

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sgcf
Apr 11, 2018

Wonderful read! I was well into the book before I realized the multi-layered nature of the book, that the structure was akin to nine short stories, but very interconnected. Stories that 'echo' and relate back to the original story of separation. Each character is complete and fully drawn, and the thread tying them all together is Afghanistan’s unfolding history over 60 years that has a hold on each of them. Hosseini is a master storyteller who handles the language beautifully.
A favourite quote: ”I learned the world didn’t see the inside of you, that it didn’t care a whit about the hopes and dreams and sorrows that lay masked by skin and bone.” (p. 329)

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doulags_26
Mar 19, 2018

After reading A Thousand Splendid Suns and Kite Runner, I came to this book after a long hiatus. This book is good in bits and pieces. I noticed many characters included in the main plot each having their own story; I found it hard to follow all of them. The story drags in the middle and the ending is not as powerful as I had expected.The background theme is the same as in other books- war separation agony and most importantly hope! Pick this book if you have lot of leisure time and you are a fan of the author.

ArapahoeAnnaL Dec 14, 2017

Compelling and complex. A humane story beautifully written!

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Missakit
May 10, 2017

One of very few books where I couldn't predict what would happen next and could not turn the pages fast enough. Complex situations and characters, it will break your heart but also give you hope. I have told so many people they must read this book. Beautifully written.

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yesucan
Feb 23, 2017

Did not feel as involved with the characters as with his other books. Did not like any of the characters, nor the way the story flowed.

JCLDebbieF Oct 13, 2016

Engrossing, engaging, I felt the characters' pain, sorrow, happiness,and worries of their daily lives in Afghanistan.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 02, 2016

And the Mountains Echoed is a powerful story that gives insight on experiences, choices and humanity. As the story progresses, a variety of characters are introduced, all of whom are connected to each other in some way and face an inner struggle. Hosseini has beautifully illustrated the intricacy of relationships between brothers and sisters, relatives, friends, and strangers. Hosseini’s remarkable writing techniques convey the prominent themes of the story in an engaging way, allowing the reader to visualize the events. And the Mountains Echoed is rich with emotion and conjures an enchanting effect on the reader’s mind and heart. For those who enjoyed The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, this story will not be a disappointment. 5/5 Stars
- @VirtueofReading of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Khaled Hosseini’s third book, And the Mountains Echoed, is a novel about the life of many different characters of many different generations. The story begins with three year old Pari, her older brother Abdullah, and their father as they trek to the city of Kabul, Afghanistan. Unknowing of their father’s intentions at the time, Pari and Abdullah are excited to visit the house of a wealthy couple. Upon arrival, Abdullah learns of Pari’s fate, to be sold to the childless couple.The novel then unfolds and accounts the stories of different characters of several generations. This novel is very well written however, as there is an excessive amount of plot lines and characters to follow, I wound up confused and lost during my reading quite a few times.
- @BookLover of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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cknightkc
Apr 03, 2016

I was introduced to this book a couple years ago and after reading it a second time I must again acknowledge how gifted a writer Khaled Hosseini is. AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED contains unforgettable characters whose storylines are intertwined. As they experience love, family, sacrifice, secrets, responsibility, dignity, and loss I am reminded that these themes transcend all cultures.

zahra88 Jan 03, 2016

Wonderful book teaching us the true meaning of life. However, I found they were too many characters and some came unexpectedly.

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