An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else.
Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. 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.
And the Mountains Echoed is the third novel by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini. Published in 2013 by Riverhead Books, it deviates from Hosseini's style in his first two works through his choice to avoid focusing on any one character. Rather, the book is written similarly to a collection of short stories, with each of the nine chapters being told from the perspective of a different character. The book's foundation is built on the relationship between ten-year-old Abdullah and his three-year-old sister Pari and their father's decision to sell her to a childless couple in Kabul, an event that ties the various narratives together. Hosseini stated his intentions to make the characters more complex and morally ambiguous. Continuing the familial theme established in his previous novels, The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, And the Mountains Echoed centers on the rapport between siblings. Besides Abdullah and Pari, Hosseini introduced two other sibling and sibling-like relationships—the children's stepmother Parwana and her disabled sister Masooma and an Afghan-American doctor named Idris and his cousin Timur. As it was Hosseini's first novel to be published in six years, And the Mountains Echoed was reportedly in high demand. It received favorable pre-publication reviews and was anticipated as another strong success, reaching the top 10 on Amazon.com before its release and later becoming a bestseller. Five months after the publication of And the Mountains Echoed, it was reported that three million copies had been sold...
I came across this book after having read the author's first two. The second was better than the first, and this one was better than the previous one. The characters have such depth and rich backgrounds. They compliment the main storyline and make for a beautiful woven piece of art. This is by far the best book I've read in a long while. 55
I am a huge Khaled Hosseini fan! I have read all his books, he is an amazing story teller. His writing in "And The Mountains Echoed" is beautiful and heart wrenching. 45
Irrelevant characters, irrelevant information, obvious missed connections left unaddressed. Disappointingly underwhelming. 15
I think this will be the last book I read by this author, even if he does publish a fourth. The plot lines of all three of his books are very similar. They leave very little to the imagination. The connection between the characters in this book could have amounted to so much more than he wrote. I feel much of the book was unnecessary side stories - fillers - that took up a great amount of time without adding much substance to the plot line. The parts of the book I anticipated most were often explained much later on, with far less detail than I had hoped for, and usually by a character I was not hoping to hear it from. I'm disappointed. I expected much more, and saw great potential in this book. This will not be a book I pick up to read again. It is not something that will leave a lasting impression. It is akin to a bad aftertaste. I won't remember the details, I won't remember how it made me feel, all I will remember is how disappointed I was in its flavor. 15
Outstanding story thoroughly engrossing, emotionally attractive a compelling read. 55
While I enjoyed the book, I don't believe it was up to the standard of his other two novels. I got lost about half way in when the first person protagonist changed several times and I couldn't keep up with "who" was talking 35
Great stories 45
I am by all means obsessed with Khaled Hosseini. I love what he stands for and love that he brings awareness to the middle eastern cultures while highlighting it's beauty. Read this book. It's just as lovely as the others. 55
I was so excited to read another novel by Khaled Hosseini. This book started off amazing but then nearly fizzled out. Unlike "The Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns," which brought out nearly every emotion in me, I wasn't as moved with this book and I felt less invested in the characters. Both Hosseini's previous novels are a tough act to follow, so maybe my expectations were high. Overall this book was pretty good. 55
Beautiful story. Both full of despair and hope at the same time. His first two books raised the bar to impossible levels, but this one comes as close as any. 55
I loved Kite Runner and go back and forth about what was better, that or A Thousand Splendid Suns. Mountains was just too disjointed. The intricate weaving that happened in the plots of the other two just doesn't come through here. It starts off with a lot of promise but in my opinion, loses its way a bit. I remain in awe of his first two but this one just doesn't meet his standard. 35
Not nearly as good as his first two novels! Some of the characters are left to gang out to dry!!! 35
I loved his other two. The characters were well developed and it was easy to dive in. This one was all over the place. Good, but not excellent like the other 2. 35
I read Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns a few years ago, and I loved them immensely. Was thrilled to see that he had a new book out. I took my time reading this one just because I knew how intriguing every page would be and I wanted to enjoy absorbing each character's story. Finished it tonight and I absolutely loved this one too. Looking forward to the next one! 55
I enjoyed his other two books much, much more. I found it difficult to keep up with the numerous characters and their stories. 35
I could not stop reading and i cried a lot.i am 92 years old and i have a daughter like Pari.Thankyou.Moschkovich 55
Though I enjoyed the kite runner better, he has such a great way of intertwining stories. At the beginning of each story I was like "who are these people? Where is this going?" But he sewed the lives of these characters into each other so thoughtfully and effortlessly. Very good read. 45
i read the kite runner first which was a page turner, i read that in just 3 days. this book on the other hand took me more like 3 weeks. i did not like how the moment you start to get in the story, it shifts to a different character. i got confused at times and because of all the shifting around i started to miss when the links to certain characters were made apparent. the ending was nice, but it just did not have me taken like the kite runner did. 25
I enjoyed reading this book, but it seemed a little disjointed. I bought it because I loved The Kite Runner, but unfortunately for me it wasn't quite as easy to follow. I kept having to go back to see how each character fit into the story, and some characters were never developed as fully as they should have been. All in all, however, a good read. 45