Sunday, 24 August 2014

Book Review: And The Mountains Echoed by Khaleed Hosseini

Title: And The Mountains Echoed
Author: Khaleed Hosseini
Genre: Adult Fiction   

Goodreads Blurb: 
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.

My Views: So this book has been on my To-Be Read list for a long time. I have read and loved the other two books by Khaleed Hosseini to an extent that I didn't wanted them to  end. And that's why I have expected same from this one too. But to be very frank I am disappointed. I don't know if the story line or the characters or the writing style but something was off. 

   This book follows the life of several people and keep skipping between them, for me that was quite annoying factor as it sometimes break the flow of story. Among various stories that this books depicts I loved story of Pari and Abdullah, especially the way their childhood is described. 

       I so wanted this entire book about them and their families only. I wanted to know more about how Abdullah cope up wit the sudden absence of her sister whom he loved so much. How little Pari lived and slowly slowly forgotten the memory of her brother.

Even though all the characters are well written but some of them seemed forced to me like Bashiri cousins, I mean dedicating a whole chapter for them didn't go down well with me. And that's why story somehow dragged in the middle.

May be I would have liked the book more if this was not coming from one of my favorite authors. May be I should have read this one without  comparing it to the greatness of previous ones.

Favourite Quotes:
  • “They say, Find a purpose in your life and live it. But, sometimes, it is only after you have lived that you recognize your life had a purpose, and likely one you never had in mind.” 
  • “It's a funny thing... but people mostly have it backward. They think they live by what they want. But really, what guides them is what they're afraid of. What they don't want.” 
  • “A story is like a moving train: no matter where you hop onboard, you are bound to reach your destination sooner or later.” 
  • “All good things in life are fragile and easily lost” 
My Ratings: 3 out of 5.


  1. I thoroughly loved the book. More so because this was the first book that I read of Khaled Hosseini. Anyways, thanks for the great review :)

    1. Do read Kite runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns you will surely love them :)

  2. From everyone who has read the other two, I have heard the same things as you mentioned. :) Yet to read it myself, and I have only read Thousand Splendid from the previous ones. I had LOVED it. :)

    1. As I have said, if I have not compared this one with his previous works then maybe I also would have loved this one :/



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