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And the Mountains Echoed

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Hosseini, Khaled
Statement of Responsibility: Khaled Hosseini
Title: And the mountains echoed
Characteristics: 404 pages ; 25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: 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.
Subject Headings: Families Fiction Interpersonal relations Fiction Community life Fiction Afghanistan Fiction
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Historical fiction
Belonging
Topical Term: Families
Interpersonal relations
Community life
LCCN: 2013004004
ISBN: 9781594631764
159463176X
Branch Call Number: FIC H
Research Call Number: JFE 13-5364
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Sep 23, 2014
  • becker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent storytelling although a different structure than what we are used to in his previous books. No one can tell a story like Hosseini and this book is no exception.

Aug 30, 2014
  • shizukosan1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing storytelling

Aug 13, 2014
  • Travel rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Far more characters in this than in the previous books, and less pull emotionally for me as a result. I will never, ever, forget Maryam in A Thousand Splendid Suns, but these characters are less deeply drawn. Still one of the best books I've read lately.

Jul 14, 2014
  • laratis rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have not finished this book yet but can't help commenting on it.
Like his other two books this book is wonderfull. I love both of his other books and this one is just as amazing.
I wish that I was a great writer myself to convey just how tremendous his stories are but I am not.
Do yourself a favor and read Mr. Hosseinis books!
p.s.
I've finished it and must say I was sad that it ended. The author seems to have a true love for humans (if he doesn't he fooled me). I hope Mr. Hossenini has more stories to tell all those who would care to read his books.

Jun 16, 2014
  • sshears rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I had a hard time getting into this book but by page 130 I was hooked!! I enjoyed the characters, although I agree it did bounce around a lot with different points of view.

Jun 15, 2014
  • emmilee rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Hosseini truly utilized his amazing storytelling skills and ability to evoke emotions in and relate to his audience. This novel focuses mostly on sibling relationships, as opposed to his last two novels. I will admit the point of view changes often, but the characters all connect to the main two protagonists. It won't make you cry as his other two books will, but I do think you'll learn a little something about family.

Jun 04, 2014
  • occy rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Although I have enjoyed Hosseini's previous novels, I cldn't get into this one. It just seemed to be all over the place. Maybe I was just reading it at the wrong time but sometimes you just don't want to put a lot of effort into getting into a story, you want to flow along with the tale. Just didn't do it for me.

May pick it up at a later date and try again.

May 28, 2014
  • eberg rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Khaled Hosseini is a great storyteller, and this book is no exception. As with his other novels he writes a compelling tale about people affected by the continuing issues in Afghanistan. I didn't like this story as much as his other two as I felt it had too many different story lines, and though interesting to see the different points of view, it distracted my attention and made me care less about the story overall. A couple of the story lines could have been left out completely and others expanded. I liked the opening "fairy tale" that frames the whole book, it adds context for your reading.

May 20, 2014
  • blolo rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

this was easily the weakest of the three Husseini books. It followed too many characters and I wasn't very engaged with any of the story lines. A bit all over the place... the fact he is such a good writer saved it from being awful tho.

Apr 30, 2014
  • wendybird rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A nicely written & satisfying novel, if a little scattered : I found the leaping around between eras, settings & characters a bit challenging to absorb. That said, the characters are well drawn in the shorter amount of time we get with them (some I wished more time with, others, less). Hosseini's depiction of life for the Afghan people, whether past, present, native or displaced, is fascinating.....
I have not read the Kite Runner, so perhaps that should be my next step!

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Jun 15, 2014
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