And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled HosseiniAnd The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

And The Mountains Echoed

byKhaled Hosseini

Hardcover | May 21, 2013

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Khaled Hosseini is one of the most widely read and beloved novelists in the world.

His novels have sold more than 38 million copies worldwide. Now, six years after A Thousand Splendid Suns debuted at #1, spending fourteen consecutive weeks at #1 and nearly a full year on the hardcover list, Hosseini returns with a book that is broader in scope and setting than anything he’s ever written before.

A multigenerational-family story revolving around brothers and sisters, it is an emotional, provocative, and unforgettable novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. With profound wisdom, insight and compassion, Hosseini demonstrates once again his deeply felt understanding of the bonds that define us and shape our lives—and of what it means to be human.

Khaled Hosseini is one of most widely read and beloved novelists in the world, with more than ten million copies sold in the United States of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, and more than thirty-eight million copies sold worldwide in more than seventy countries. Hosseini is also a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations H...
Title:And The Mountains EchoedFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.66 × 6.49 × 1.33 inPublished:May 21, 2013Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0670067512

ISBN - 13:9780670067510


Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Kite Runner is a better one... I spent a lot of time trying to memorizing names... each chapter was written from the perspective of a different character that is relevant in the plot. Interesting to view the whole story from various angles but also confusing at the same time
Date published: 2018-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautifully written novel. Characters woven together by tragedies and love. Khalid Hosseini does it again with a story of families bounded and broken by life's choices.
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Nice Novel The nice thing about this novel is that you don't have to have read Hosseini's previous novels to make a connection with this one. It is a very nice story, filled with well written emotion. It's made up of many different characters, all of whom are somehow related to one another, and their lifelong personal experiences. Perhaps by its nature, it means that some sections are a little slower, but no less interesting. A good read!
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the best Some parts were really slow and hard to get through, but overall was a good read.
Date published: 2018-06-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from worth the wait amazing book not at the level of the kite runner but was really painful and did have a great twist. all in all a good book but certainly not the first one to read by this author.
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Overall a great book but I found the first half more interesting than the second
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from First half i very interesting I really enjoyed the first half of the book, was a page turner for me. I felt it started dragging on after that.
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book I loved khaled work in his earlier two books and this book also didnt disappoint me. Although it was not giving me any new insight in Afghani life but this book was beautifully woven and I just loved this one
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from enjoyed the read least favorite of this authors books, but enjoyed it nonetheless.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but not freat I really enjoyed the authors previous books more than I did this one but it's still a good read. I found it a quick read but I still enjoyed the book. If I had to recommend any of his books this would be at the bottom since the others were so much better but still think it's a good read. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wasn't that good I loved the first two books and couldn't put them down. All the characters were engaging and I felt for each one. This book I had to force myself to finish. Not what I was hoping for.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Not quite as emotional or beautiful as his previous books, but still makes it to the top of my lists as far as favourites. He knows how to weave different characters stories together so beautifully and enchant his readers with how immersive his books are. Loved it, another beautiful book by Khaled. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Khaled is an amazing author. This book is beautifully written but slightly confusing at times when he switches between various characters' perspectives. Would definitely recommend reading this book if you enjoy his work but I still think A Thousand Splendid Suns is his best book to date!
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! I had to read this book for an assignment in school but the book was absolutely amazing! I love the way all the stories connected together! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Khaled does it again! By far one of my favourite writers, and one of my favourite books! Great writing, full of emotion and beautifully interwoven stories.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it! I read his past work and I loved this book as much as the other ones.
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read! I enjoyed Khaled's, The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns so much that I knew I want to read his third book. I enjoyed his first two books a lot more. But overall, great author.
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A bit boring I loved other Khalid Hosseini books more than this one. But it was different.
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Full of emotions Full of emotions, great story, remarkable characters. Cried my life reading this.
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not as good as the other 2 but still beautiful I prefer his other two books but this is still really good!
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THIS IS THE ONE!!! Khaled is an excellent writer! But if you have to choose only one book this is the one! It is frustrating in the best ways a novel can be. It challenges you to love and hate the characters all at the same time! It is not your typical novel for sure
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most people seem to disagree but I think this is his finest work The ending was horrifyingly brilliant. Without spoiling anything, all the characters are happy at the end, yet the ending was depressing. All because the readers know a simple secret that the characters don't. It was an emotional journey that I would recommend to everyone.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed After reading a thousand splendid sons and the kite runner I really anticipated this book only to be greatly disappointed.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great author The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns were excellent novels written by this author that explored life in the Middle East as an American immigrant from many perspectives. I expected no less from this book and was not disappointed.
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read His books are always very pleasant to read. Although this book was not as good as his other boos, nonetheless this novel is another one of his must read books!
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Still very good but not as good as his other books
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book, as i do all his books if you have an issue with stories going back and forth between characters then maybe this book isn't for you, but it was a phenomenal story. i read this in one sitting because it was so good! yes it jumps to various characters, but those various characters really shape the stories of previous characters in older chapters. yet another brilliant work from this author, already waiting for another book from his!
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from emotional but great story line great read...kept me on my seat for hours!!
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hosseini is my #1 author but... I have always been captivated by Hosseini's work and was patiently waiting since A Thousand Splendid Suns in 2009. I was very excited to find out that he was releasing a new book...I got my hands on this book on the release date and pored over it for two days, always waiting, wanting more... about a character or two. But the depth was just not there. There were too many characters and I was hoping the author could have focused on the few key characters in the story. I feel it was all over the place. I re-read the book in hopes that I will change my mind about the book, but no! I'm sorry. Not his best work... but I am looking forward to the next one!
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking Another great read from Hosseni.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as his others This book started out really great and I even enjoyed the perspective from the different characters at first. But by the last quarter of the book I started to tire of the different perspective and I really lost interest as it wasn't a continuous cohesive story.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow! this was excellent, on par with the kite runner, if not better !!
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Incredible Story I absolutely loved this novel. The plot was unique and the writing was exemplary. It was both heartbreaking and uplifting and well worth the read.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Not as good as previous books; however, still worth reading. It will leave you with many different emotions.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a good read Not as good as The Kite Runner but still a good read
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it After reading the reviews of others I was a bit worried about reading this book for fear of being disappointed however I love this book as much as his other two. Great book to have a cup of tea with.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay I found this book to be just "okay" not like the other previously written by the author. One time read for me.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not bad this isn't one of my favourites from Hosseini but it isn't bad either... a decent read to pass the time.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Still a good read I did enjoy "And the Mountains Echoed", but not nearly as much as Khalid Houssani 's previous two books. The book was written from several different perspectives but he never came back to the same one which I found disappointing.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing! reading this book you cannot tell it is a male author. powerful story with two very interesting female leads.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I loveed this! So many different perspectives and a different take on writing.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Another great novel from this author.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Like others, I was expecting more from it because I previously read the Kite Runner which is an amazing book. But this is its own book, and with trying to keep Kite Runner out of mind, I would say it was good.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, But Not His Best I am a huge Khaled Hosseini fan, and maybe my expectations were just too high, but I wanted more from this book. It's a decent story and his writing is excellent as always, but after hits like The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, I expected something else.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from just okay not as good as his other book, just okay
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not sure.. I'm not sure about this one. I loved The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. I have not read great reviews about this book, some say it's not as great as Hosseini's previous books. These mixed reviews make me not want to read the book. I started reading it and I am only a couple pages in, but already the story doesn't captivate me like the others did.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful read Love love love every Khaled Hosseini book. So eye opening, and heart-touching
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifullly written Khaled Hosseini is a brilliant writer. I am always looking for his next book. He has such a wonderful way of bringing a story to life. I really enjoyed this book, it did not disappoint.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the best His other novels were heartbreaking and touching but this novel did not prove to be his greatest work. I found that the storyline was a little confusing and it did not tie up very well in the end. His earlier novels proved to be much more touching and relatable then this novel.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! I love reading Khaled Hosseini's books. His writing style is easy to follow and keeps you wanting more.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad but not great I was really looking forward to reading this book, since i enjoyed Hossenini's other books, however, I was not really into this book as much as the others. It was a good read but it was not as great as i was expecting it.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Read I really enjoyed this! I have read his other books and enjoyed them both immensely. Once again he does a great job of bringing characters and setting to life. This story like the others are heart breaking yet this one is more subtle than the others, I really liked it!
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! One of my favourite authors, does not disappoint with this wonderful story.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from And the Mountains Echoed The author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns has done it again! One family was forced to make a very difficult and painful decision - a decision that changed and shaped the lives of not just those directly involved but a wide circle of people around the globe. The novel is told from many different perspectives and reads like a series of interconnected short stories. At the centre of it all, however, is the story of Pari and her bother, Abdullah. It begins with their separation, when their father was forced to sell one of his children to keep the rest of the family fed and housed (not a spoiler - it happens almost on the first page). The book chronicles their lives and the lives of many others all somehow connected to one or the other of the siblings. Khaled Hosseini has once again proved himself to be a storyteller who truly understands the people he writes about and the culture they are from. While I didn't experience the exhaustion of reading a very emotionally charged book (like I did with the other two novels), this one has taken over as my favourite of the three books by the author.
Date published: 2016-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Sad but Good Story I read this book for my book club awhile ago. A brother and sister that very close are separated. They lead very different lives, but never forget each other. The sister is in a life of privilege and tries to find her brother when she is older. She ends up searching the world. I have read the previous two books from this author and had enjoyed them both. The author did not disappoint with this book either. The story was intriguing. The characters in the book were very well developed as this was more of a character driven novel than action. In some cases the character were developed slowly through the book. That made us want to know more about the character. In the end, they all came together. I have noticed that there are not too many happy times in the author`s books. Surely there must be something that happens in Afghanistan that is happy. If there was, maybe he would not be able to write such good books. I would recommend this book.
Date published: 2015-12-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Does not live up to expectations I was not a fan of the concept of reading 3 short stories in a single novel. The depth of the details were inconsistent between stories and one story was simply not compelling enough. Having read his previous work that are nothing short of amazing, The mountains echoed did not live up to it's expectations.
Date published: 2015-10-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not khaleds best work. I had a difficult time getting into this book. My hopes were high and so were my expectations. Did not enjoy the changing perspectives and they made it difficult to read. Its not no kite runner or thousand splended suns.
Date published: 2015-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Hosseini's books I have loved every one of Khaled Hosseini's books and I find them so easy to read. I enjoy his style of writing, his topics and his characters. I hope he has another book in the works.
Date published: 2015-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing emotional roller coaster If you want to snuggle up beside a fire in your comfy slippers and read a good book, then And The Mountains Echoed is the book for you...difficult to put down, characters come to life in the skilled hands of Khaled Hosseini..Enjoy I dare you...
Date published: 2014-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE This novel was heart wrenching! I had tears flowing down my face when I had finished it! Definitely one of his best!
Date published: 2014-11-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A mountain too steep to conquer One of the themes of this third novel from Khaled Hosseini is, to say it plainly, tough love, so it only seems apt that I show it some when I could easily have rated "And the Mountains Echoed" higher. But at the end of the book, I asked myself two questions: a) Did it move me to tears?; b) Was it in the same league as "The Kite Runner" or "A Thousand Splendid Suns"? You can guess the answers to that. "And the Mountains Echoed" is still a very powerful narrative told by a gifted storyteller who manages to eloquently capture the very human side of displacement by poverty and war time after time. It is commendable that Hosseini has pushed himself a little more out of his comfort zone by using new techniques in the novel's structure and the layering in of the extended cast of characters. His previous two efforts had two central characters - boys who grow into men of contrasting lives in "The Kite Runner" and women of different generations and opposite family backgrounds in "A Thousand Splendid Suns" - and had more of a focus and dedication in telling their joint and individual stories. While "And the Mountains Echoed" is still very much the siblings Abdullah and Pari's story, it is told through more than just their perspectives, but the Afghans of past and present, of those still in the motherland or have grown roots abroad, and also of those who aid in the rebuilding of Afghanistan, which I see as Hosseini challenging himself in writing of others. Technically, he rose to the occasion, but on an emotional level, I'm somehow left feeling a little disconnected. It is as though some of the magic was lost in the process. I see "The Kite Runner" as regret and repentance, and "A Thousand Splendid Suns" as sustenance and sacrifice, but it is harder to pinpoint the strongest suit in "And the Mountains Echoed." In fact, it is almost a merger of the two on the surface. Comparisons to his earlier books are regrettable but unescapable. The name Khaled Hosseini alone brings up the fame of those two books, and there is almost an expectation he will produce each novel with the same magical formula. I like it when authors take risks, yet with Hosseini, he has been pigeonholed. This will always be a hurdle he will have to leap across if he wants to experiment writing something different. But as we all say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Believe me, this is not a misstep. It is quite a refreshing novel from Hosseini with its anecdotal point of views that increases the reader's understanding of each character and the shifting ground beneath their feet. The expectations were perhaps too impossibly high, and while Hosseini didn't fully reach it, neither did he crash and burn. "And the Mountains Echoed" is still very much deserving of its praise and love.
Date published: 2014-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not his best, but still powerful I've read Khales Hosseini's previous novels and was very excited to see he has come out with a new one. All of his books fill you with so much emotion; you want to sob and tear your heart out while hoping that these characters will never lose their strength. This book conveys these powerful feelings as you become attached to the characters and see them evolve. Though this is not the best compared to his previous works, this novel is still driven with lots of emotions that will keep you turning the pages. A very talented author and I highly recommend all of his novels!
Date published: 2014-07-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh... I have never read a book by this author before this one. I found the book to be a bit boring to be honest. The first chapter enthralled me, but then it totally lost the plot for me. I understand that all of the stories connected to Abdullah and Pari, but they felt unnecessary to me. I kind of skimmed to the end just to see if Abdullah and Pari ever find each other. I won't tell you because I don't want to spoil it for other readers. I feel kind of bad that I didn't enjoy this book more as the reviews I've seen are all so positive. I will have to try one of this author's other books and see if it is better.
Date published: 2014-07-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Expected too much Considering that Hosseini's previous two books were fantastic, especially The Kite Runner, and featured excellent writing and gripping story lines, my expectations of this book were very high. It took me some time to get through the book, which is telling as I usually devour my books in a day. Also, I found the story line too choppy and disconnected, leaving me confused until the end when it all comes together.
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No comparison If you read other two books of Khalid Hossini then you will be disappointed after reading this book. Previous books had powerful story in the background of Afghanistan turmoil in last three decades.  This book is more mystical and story is confusing. I even tried listening to audio CD. I end up with more confusion as it was not read by professional readers. 
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing. I read this book over the summer and I'm so glad i did. It is absolutely amazing. The emotion, the story, and way it was written just all comes together and forms an amazing story. Can't wait for Khaled's next book! 
Date published: 2013-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wasn't nearly as good as the kite runner I had high hopes for this book since I finished the kite runner before I started reading this one. The first few chapters weren't page turner and it didn't really appeal to me emotionally. It was too much jumping back and forth, which made the story confusing to me. I didn't enjoy this book, but the ending wasn't too bad.
Date published: 2013-12-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable, nice story, but a little confusing Though I found this book enjoyable, I definitely did not like it as much as his others. As other reviewers stated, it did seem as if he was rushing to write the book, as there was a lack of flow, and it definitely was confusing at times - it usually took me a long while to figure out the connection (or even remember a character), although that may have been the intention...nevertheless, it was an interesting, different story, and a nice, easy (meaning, not too heavy) book to read in your spare time!
Date published: 2013-12-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from And the Mountains Echoed This book is broader in scope than Hosseini's previous two bestsellers—and therein lies the problem. Hosseini writes And the Mountains Echoed with the same simple yet compelling style. He writes about the challenges of the human condition with the same compassion. He unfolds the story (or rather stories) with a blend of myth and matter and delicate plotting. But, there's a little too much of everything—stories, characters, themes. The stories span generations, so it is easy to lose track of the many connections between all the people. The stories span continents and the globe, so it is easy to drop the threads of the story. I wonder why he introduced the characters of Idris and Timur at all? The plot could have advanced without them. I guess they illustrate how easily the tragedy of others is forgotten when out of sight, and how blustery shows of philanthropy actually do achieve some good, but perhaps those were themes for another book. Again, too many stories, characters, themes. This book is both satisfying and unsatisfying for those reasons. Few authors tell a tale as effectively as Hosseini. He uses simple language to create engrossing drama. The book is worth reading for that alone. But upon reaching the ending, I felt like a kid who has been promised a quick trip to the candy store only to end up travelling for hours, making several stops along the way, and then arriving at a pajama shop. This book, for all its beauty, compassion and quality writing, has too many detours and an unsatisfactory destination.
Date published: 2013-10-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not His Greatest Although I loved loved Khaled Hosseini's previous two books, this one did not come close. I found it to be too confusing with too many characters that didn't really have a necessary role in the story. The story took a while to get started so I had to push myself to read it at first. Then it started to unfold and I was expecting so much more towards the end when the brother and sister met up. Unfortunately, not his best book but was still very well written.
Date published: 2013-08-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The sum of its parts I have mixed feelings about this book. It very much read like a series of short stories. Each section centered around a different character. It took me a while reading each section to determine how that story intertwined with the ones that preceded it. Some of the stories were touching and beautiful, others sad and disturbing. Unfortunately for me, while the stories were interconnected, the book wasn't cohesive enough to keep my attention. I really loved "A thousand splended suns" by this author and would highly recommend that novel over this one. I'm glad I read this, but it was just too disjointed to be fulfilling in any meaningful way.
Date published: 2013-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My two cents I think I am one of the few readers on the planet who has not read Khaled Hosseini's previous works - The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. With the release of his third novel, And The Mountains Echoed, I thought it was time to sample this best selling author. And the Mountains Echoed opens in 1952 with an Afghani father telling his son and daughter a fable - the story of a parent's love for his child, fighting off a div (ogre) who claims children from their village. The father loses one of his children to the div, but cannot stop thinking about him. After many years, the father goes to the div's palace to reclaim his son, but the child is now living a life of privilege and happiness. The div offers the father the chance to reclaim his child, but does he really want to take him back to a life of poverty and hardship? "You are a cruel beast, Baba Ayub said. When you have lived as long as I have, the div replied, you find that cruelty and benevolence are but shades of the same color." And that fable sets the stage for the rest of the book. In the next chapter, the storytelling father sells his daughter to a wealthy family, separating his son and daughter. They have shared an incredible bond in their short lives. Is that bond every truly broken? Can the echoes of their love follow them and stay with them? Hosseini takes us on a wide, sweeping, encompassing journey touching on all who play a part or touch the lives of the two children - from childhood to old age. As it's base the story is about the two children, but Hosseini builds wonderfully rich tales around many of the other characters. In that sense, the book has many lead characters, spanning countries and time lines. (I have to say, one of my personal favourites was Odelia, one character's Greek mother. Her sense of right and purpose was inspiring.) At least one character in And The Mountains Echoed will touch or stand out for every reader. Not every character is sympathetic, but all elicit a reaction. The narrative often skips from one character to another and from one time period to another. I did find myself having to reestablish who was who and the connections a few times. Some threads are left unfinished and I was left wondering what might have happened to some players. Although, that certainly may have been Hosseini's intent. Each story leaves an impression or an echo on the next, stringing a thread of connectedness between all.
Date published: 2013-07-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Let Down After reading THE KITE RUNNER and A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS, I was greatly anticipating reading Hosseini's newest novel, AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED. Unfortunately I was let down. It doesn't compare to his previous two novels. This novel is made up of many disparate stories, leaving the reader to figure out how / if they all connect. Just when you begin to get into the momentum of one story, it quickly moves you to another story, from a different time and place, with completely new characters. Hosseini is a great story teller, and for this reason, I'm giving it 3 out of 5. However, AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED, would have been more effective had he stuck with the main characters / storyline throughout.
Date published: 2013-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh... It was good, I enjoy H. Hosseini's books as they are always well written, emotionally gripping, and descriptive. BUT, in comparing the storyline of this book to his previous ones....this one is a fail. There are too many characters but not enough character development. So frustrating! It is much more interesting to read about a handful of characters and follow their stories more in-depth, versus chasing around a dozen or so characters and trying to understand who is who and whats going on. This book was good, but disappointed.
Date published: 2013-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Emotionally Gripping I'm usually not a fan of this type of fiction, I generally go for more fantasy type books but this book seems to have been the exception. I loved getting to see the same story from so many different points of view and that the story started and ended with the same characters. The emotion and pain of the characters is believable and kept me coming back for more. Definitely a must read for this year.
Date published: 2013-06-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lots of potential but disjointed parts don't necessarily make up the whole I was really happy to receive a copy of Khaled Hosseini's third novel as a gift from my sister, as I had read his first 2 novels and really enjoyed them. I was a little disappointed with this book. The first 50 pages really grabbed me, it was emotional and heart-wrenching to read it. While I could follow the links throughout the remainder of the book, I felt as if it was a bit disjointed. I appreciate that it was an attempt to follow the characters that had something in common with one another, but it read as if several stories were spliced together to make up this novel. I will definitely read it again and I recommend that other readers who enjoyed the author's first 2 books should read it.
Date published: 2013-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant storyteller This book has a different theme and style compared to Hosseini's other books but is still a winner. He is a talented storyteller that compels you to get attached to the characters and not want to put the book down! Fantastic story.
Date published: 2013-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hosseini cannot write badly.. Khaled Hosseini's books are intense, emotional, beautiful and heart-breaking. This third book, to me, was not as compelling as his first two. Perhaps because it encompasses several amazing stories, all intertwined, across several lands, it is slightly harder to follow and become engrossed in. However, it is so wonderfully creative and beautifully told that is is still a great read. I look forward to Hosseini's next novel.
Date published: 2013-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My only complaint is that it had to end... If Khaled Hosseini's name is on something, I am buying it. That is how confident I am in this Author's riveting, beautiful, poignant, and unique works! The delivery of The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and now, And The Mountains Echoed, by itself would keep me coming back for more, but Hosseini goes above and beyond this one expectation. The beautiful imagery, deeply touching relationships and various perspectives/narratives keeps the reader consistently engaged and always leaves you satisfied. As I said in the title of this review, my only complaint is that it had to end at some point, and now all I can do is patiently wait for the next one, which I surely hope there will be. I am definitely experiencing a book hangover as I debate reading all three all over again.
Date published: 2013-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well worth the wait! I couldn't wait for this book to come out and Khaled Hosseini definately did not disappoint! He is an amazing writer. The story was very interesting albeit a little confusing at times, but overall, great book and well worth the wait. I had a hard time putting this book down.
Date published: 2013-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Weaving a Beautiful Tapestry of Different Lives This book is stirring and moving, with amazing intricacies and stunning visuals. I adore this book! Khaled Hosseini is a fabulous storyteller and I could barely put it down. A highly recommended read!
Date published: 2013-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Touching Tale: And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini “So then. You want a story and I will tell you one.” So begins 'And the Mountains Echoed' , the novel by Khaled Housseini. This particular story begins in 1952, when Adbullah and his little sister Pari ask their father, Saboor, for a bedtime story on their way to the city of Kabul. What happens in Kabul changes the lives of the siblings and their family forever. Unlike what Saboor says though, we get more than just one story. Throughout the book, each character is given the chance to tell their tale, so that the readers go both backward and forwards in time to become immersed in the stories of several generations, spread across different continents. Just when one begins to understand and sympathize for one character, the narrative switches to give voice to another character, allowing the reader question their initial understanding of the situation. Seemingly minor characters from one character’s tale become important in their own right when another’s story is told. Housseini’s writing shines here, as he artfully weaves the lives of all the characters together so that we can see how they have unwittingly become interconnected due to their beliefs and decisions. I personally enjoyed being able to delve into the background of each character, who each have their own distinct voice. While the ending was not the hoped-for resolution for the two siblings I had envisioned in the beginning, it does not make the ending any less poignant. In light of Saboor’s story at the beginning of the book, perhaps the ending is not an unfortunate one after all. Would I recommend this book? Absolutely, I believe this novel is relatable to everyone on some level, with the many characters' perspectives that it goes through. At least one of them will manage to touch you in some way, shape, or form. Note: This review is based on an advanced copy of this novel, provided by Indigo through a contest.
Date published: 2013-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spellbinding!! Story Description: Penguin Group|May 21, 2013|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-0-690-06751-0 A multigenerational-family story revolving around brothers and sisters, it is an emotional, provocative, and unforgettable novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. With profound wisdom, insight and compassion, Hosseini demonstrates once again his deeply felt understanding of the bonds that define us and shape our lives – and of what it means to be human. My Review: In 1952, Pari, 3-years-old and Abdullah, 10-years-old were told a story at bedtime about how divs and jinns and giants used to roam the earth. A farmer named Baba Ayub lived in a village called Maidan Sabz and every day he toiled hard to feed and care for his family of 5 children: 3 sons and 2 daughters and his wife. His favourite child was his 3-year-old, Quais. Quais was a little boy with blue eyes and charmed anyone who met him while he worked his devlish laughter. One day a div came to their village from the direction of the mountains and the earth shook with each of his footfalls. The villagers dropped everything and ran. Whichever home the din tapped his fingers on the roof of meant that family had to give up one of their children to him. If they didn’t decide by the following morning, then the din would take all the children in the house and return to his moutaintop home. Baba Ayub was beside himself with grief on how to decide which of his children to give away in order to save the other four. He finally wrote their 5 names on stones, deposited them into a bag, reached in and pulled out one stone. It bore the name of his beloved Quais. He cried, shook, and bellowed at the sadness and injustice, but the din took, Quais away to his mountaintop home never to be seen again. Father had never hit Abdullah before so when he did, tears of surprise came to his eyes. They were walking across the desert from their village of Shadbagh to Kabul. Abdullah had lost his mother 3 years ago while she was giving birth to Pari. Now they had their stepmother, Parwana and Abdullah wished he could love her the same way he loved his mother. We learn they are taking this trek across the desert so father can sell Pari to a childless couple who were wealthy. The deal was brokered by his own brother. Abdullah took this especially hard for Pari was the very essence of his soul. Parwana had a sad life too, she has a 1-year-old son, Iqbal, but her second baby, Omar had died of the cold winter before last. He was only 2-weeks-old. Parwana and Abdullah’s father had barely named him. He was one of three babies that brutal winter had taken in Shadbagh. He knew Parwana loved her own children better than she loved Abdullah and Pari, but most parents loved their own children first, and he didn’t blame her for that, as to her, Abdullah and Pari were another woman’s leftovers. Father was getting tired of pulling the wagon across the desert sand so Abdullah took over for a while. They were going to Kabul too, so father could work. Uncle Nabi, who was Parwana’s older brother, was a cook and a chauffeur in Kabul. Once a month he drove from Kabul to visit them in Shadbagh, his arrival announced by the honks of the big blue car he drove. It was on his last visit that Uncle Nabi told Father about the job. The rich people he worked for were building an addition to their home – a small guesthouse in the backyard, complete with a bathroom, separate from the main building – and Uncle Nabi had suggested they hire father, who knew his way around a construction site. He said the job would pay well and take a month to complete. Abdullah new baby Omar’s death bothered him constantly. If he’d had more money then he would have been able to buy the baby warmer clothing and keep the house heated. He poured everything he had in him into every job he got as if this would help atone for his lack of being able to properly provide for his family. Pari, settles into her new family with the wealthy couple, Nila and her rather strange husband, Suleiman Wahdati. Nila is a wild and provocative woman and Suleiman is quite introverted never having much to do with Pari. Suleiman eventually suffers a stroke and Nila picks up Pari and escapes to France where her mother was born and leaves Nabi the chauffeur behind to care for him. There are other characters we meet in this story and each one is has a broken bond with someone. It is a story of family and what families can do to each other and how those disasters can reverberate down through the generation to come. And the Mountains Echoed gracefully unravels how tradition, culture, and sense of place affect the human heart, it celebrates the joys and boundaries of storytelling. Khaled Hosseini is one of the most joyful and expansive writers around! I’ll be keeping this novel as part of my permanent collection.
Date published: 2013-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Read! This is by far the best book I've read for a while. It captured my interest from the first page. The characters were so real and multidimensional they came to life on the page. This is the first book I've read by Khaled Hoddeini and it will not be the last. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2013-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning, another classic Another beautiful book from Khaled Hosseini that was definitely worth the wait. The characters jump off the page as you going between Afghanistan, Paris and the USA. All of the stories are beautifully woven into something that can't be put down- a must read!
Date published: 2013-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Wonderful. Beautiful. Emotional. And add any cliche you like. I' ve been waiting for this since Khaled Hosseini's last book, A Thousand Splendid Suns. This book is a bit different than his previous two and some readers may find the lack of normal plot progression a bit overwhelming if not confusing. But stick with it. There is no primary character per se. It begins with a young boy Abdullah who follows his dad and sister Pari on a tragic journey to Kabul from his small town in Afghanistan. But then the book follows many other characters through the decades linked together at times by the slimmest of threads.Characters come in and out like actors on a Shakesperean stage. This is a character driven book. One chapter might be about an actress in Greece, or a poet in France,or even the son of an Afghan warlord, but Hosseini spins them all together in a way only he can. This is a book primarily about loss. And about family ties. The majority of it takes place, as you'd expect, in Afghanistan, but Hosseini this time skillfully avoids the politics, the war, the Taliban, using one of his characters to say, "you've heard all that before." It also takes place in France, Greece and the USA. The very nature of the plot structure makes it difficult to say more. It is a very good book. Very emotional. Gripping. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2013-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Winner! I was one of the lucky 100 people that were fortunate enough to win an advanced copy of this book and boy did it not disappoint! I started reading it the day it arrived and couldn't put it down. Hosseini's books are well written, full of information and lively characters you grow to love and leaves you wanting to know more! If you have read his other novels and enjoyed them I strongly recommend you pick this one up to.
Date published: 2013-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another win! I was fortunate to win an advance copy of this novel and began reading it as soon as it arrived. I was not disappointed. Khaled Hosseini ambitiously covers a wide span of time and several countries. Although there are gaps in time, these do not seem to matter to the story. His talent as a writer is such that he does not need to spend pages and pages developing a character, instead through his words we instantly understand the characters and their motivations. The only difficulty I had with this novel was some of the transitions to new characters were difficult to follow and the odd path did not seem to be really needed to complete the story. However, the story wraps up nicely and the reader is left satisfied.
Date published: 2013-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! This is the first novel by Khaled Hosseini that I have read and it is quickly becoming my favorite novel. The stories revolve around each other in the most fascinating ways, and merge together with some finality at the end of the novel, where a new chapter in the life of the characters begins. This is a must read for everyone. Even though I received an advance copy for the purpose of writing this review I will purchase a hardcover copy when it is released (and his other novels at that time).
Date published: 2013-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An absolute must read, for all readers. Khaled Hosseini does it again! "And the Mountains Echoed" is a journey spanning generations with the ties that bind, the distance that separates and everything in between. This novel says something to everyone, no matter your age, timezone or heritage. Hosseini allows you a glimpse into the lives of his characters leaving you longing for more and more. He beautifully demonstrates relationships between friends, husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, brother and sister. Both heart wrenching and heart warming, this book is so intricately written, you won't stop reading until you are finished.
Date published: 2013-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from And The Mountains Echoed Khaled Hosseini has done it again. He has drawn me into this story of love that is beyond measure. What a father does for the love of his family, a caretaker does for the love of his employer and a brother for the love of his sister. His characters are written with such depth that you can truly feel their and emotions and struggles, which keeps you riveted with every turn of the page. And The Mountains Echoed is truly a masterpiece that proves once again, love is all you really need.
Date published: 2013-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read for summer adventure This book was very engaging and a great read, I polished it off in one night! Hosseini creates characters that are at once modern and timeless who readers can really connect to and whose stories you want to see come through to an end. As always, the visual spaces he creates through his words and as vivid and living as any you see on TV. The plots weave together so beautifully that you can't wait to see where this tale takes you. A definite choice for reading this summer and highly recommended!
Date published: 2013-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read!!! This book is a definite "must read" . Mr. Hosseini has a way of creating a world so alive that the reader is taken on a wonderful adventure full of ups and downs. An emotional roller-coaster that you must ride over and over again. Wonderful Author!
Date published: 2013-05-03

Editorial Reviews

"Hosseini weaves a complex pattern of interlinked lives like a finely knotted carpet. Time slips back and forward, as readers move into the lives of the characters and each character leaves a mark on our hearts. Even as it captures the sadness and regret that engulfs its characters' lives, Hosseini's storytelling is filled with love and joy and a deep sense of hope. And the Mountains Echoed is a deeply moving elegy to what might have been." - The Globe and Mail"Hosseini is generous with his descriptive flair, giving each of his characters, even the least consequential ones, heft that makes them feel three-dimensional. He can also paint everyday life so vividly that we feel the sun on our neck. If you're game for a journey, And the Mountains Echoed offers a very scenic trip." - The Toronto Star"This is a poignant novel, an intimate portrayal of desperation, courage and love that surpasses our understanding of those conditions. It takes a mature and compassionate writer to discover and translate for others the transcendence in contemporary human lives. This is why our world needs writers like Khaled Hosseini." - The Kitchener-Waterloo Record"His most ambitious novel to date, And the Mountains Echoed, proves that his massively popular first two efforts were no literary flukes. Hosseini's writing style is direct and visceral. He has the ability to practically wound readers as they read his words. He's a master of the literary twist, never allowing his reader to get too comfortable. Hosseini doesn't write like anyone else." - The Winnipeg Free Press