And the Mountains Echoed

And the Mountains Echoed So then You want a story and I will tell you oneAfghanistan Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and stepmother in the small village of Shadbagh Their father Saboor is constant

So, then You want a story and I will tell you oneAfghanistan, 1952 Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and stepmother 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 Abdullah, Pari as beautiful and sweet natured as the fairy for which she was namSo, then You want a story and I will tell you oneAfghanistan, 1952 Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and stepmother 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 Abdullah, Pari as beautiful and sweet natured as the fairy for which she was named is everything More like a parent than a brother, Abdullah will do anything for her, even trading his only pair of shoes for a feather for her treasured collection Each night they sleep together in their cot, their heads touching, their limbs tangled One day the siblings journey across the desert to Kabul with their father Pari and Abdullah have no sense of the fate that awaits them there, for the event which unfolds will tear their lives apart sometimes a finger must be cut to save the hand Crossing generations and continents, moving from Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, to the Greek island of Tinos, with profound wisdom, depth, insight and compassion, Khaled Hosseini writes about the bonds that define us and shape our lives, the ways in which we help our loved ones in need, how the choices we make resonate through history and how we are often surprised by the people closest to us.

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And the Mountains Echoed

  1. Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965 In 1970 Hosseini and his family moved to Iran where his father worked for the Embassy of Afghanistan in Tehran In 1973 Hosseini s family returned to Kabul, and Hosseini s youngest brother was born in July of that year.In 1976, when Hosseini was 11 years old, Hosseini s father obtained a job in Paris, France, and moved the family there They were unable to return to Afghanistan because of the Saur Revolution in which the PDPA communist party seized power through a bloody coup in April 1978 Instead, a year after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, in 1980 they sought political asylum in the United States and made their residence in San Jose, California.Hosseini graduated from Independence High School in San Jose in 1984 and enrolled at Santa Clara University, where he earned a bachelor s degree in biology in 1988 The following year, he entered the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, where he earned his M.D in 1993 He completed his residency in internal medicine at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles in 1996 He practiced medicine for over ten years, until a year and a half after the release of The Kite Runner.Hosseini is currently a Goodwill Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR He has been working to provide humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan through the Khaled Hosseini Foundation The concept for the foundation was inspired by the trip to Afghanistan that Hosseini made in 2007 with UNHCR.He lives in Northern California with his wife, Roya, and their two children Harris and Farah.

107 Reply to “And the Mountains Echoed”

  1. What did I think I don t know exactly Like his two other books, Hosseini is an excellent storyteller He s great with words and produces images that flow like poetry The story is touching, emotional and speaks of life s hardships and the difficult choices one must make Deeper than that, it speaks of how the choices you make now may have a ripple effect or echo over time If you don t happen to shed a tear at some point while reading, you re heartless He captures your emotions from the very first p [...]

  2. Date I finished this book 06 09 2013Date I was ready to review this book NeverUnfortunately, I have to review it because it is due back to the library tomorrow, so here comes my completely insufficient review This book is by Khaled Hosseini Really, what is there to say I knew it would be wonderful.I have to admit that the problem I ran into was that I was comparing it to his previous two books too often And let s face it, they were amazing And this book is incredible in its own right, too, but [...]

  3. Why do people rate books before reading them This skews the ratings and I wish people wouldn t do soThis was my most anticipated book of all time I couldn t wait to read and and naturally was a bit let down My least favorite of his three.I found the voice in some of the chapters a bit awkward The characters were interesting and well developed for the most part I didn t like how the author chose to weave everything together There were some very well done parts some moments that were very beautifu [...]

  4. Here s something you should know about Khaled Hosseini All his stories have or less, the same ingredients.It always starts with Afghanistan in its pre war days The protagonists are children, guileless and innocent Then the invasion happens People separate, the bonds between them torn apart either by fate or by design Many gut wrenching chapters later, there s some kind of reunion but with a catch there s something amiss, something unfulfilled, like a testimony to the unfairness of life.To be ho [...]

  5. The tale of how my father lost his sister was as familiar to me as the stories my mother had told me of the Prophet, tales I would learn again later when my parents would enroll me in Sunday school at a mosque in Hayward Still, despite the familiarity, each night I asked to hear Pari s story again, caught in the pull of its gravity Maybe it was simply because we shared a name Maybe that was why I sensed a connection between us, dim, enfolded in mystery, real nonetheless But it was than that I f [...]

  6. Every so often a book comes around that rocks you to your core It makes you cry, laugh, think, feel and dream so intensely that when it is over you wonder where that life has gone The characters are your friends and you realize you should probably call them because you haven t heard from them in awhile and you wonder what is going on in their lives Then you remember that they aren t real and that seems impossible because they had a whole life that you were living for as long as you could hold of [...]

  7. Blown like leaves in the wind A story is like a moving train no matter where you hop onboard, you are bound to reach your destination sooner or later Within the first few pages of this book, the reader knows s he s in the hands of a master storyteller In a village in rural Afghanistan, mid 1940s, a father tells a folk tale to his two young children On the next day, they will travel to Kabul and start a chain of events that will take the reader on a journey across the world and through the decade [...]

  8. I finished reading this book on May 24, but did not write a review because I didn t want to taint the experience for many of my friends who had not yet read the book Since then I ve seen several people post where they ve finished the book and how much they loved it Unfortunately I did not love it I was highly disappointed in this book, it was not at all what I expected I wanted the richness of the culture, I wanted to immerse myself in the feelings and experiences of the people who live a life s [...]

  9. 2.5 StarsOh that felt like blasphemy to type, but I ve gotta be honest here I loved The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, but Hosseini just missed the mark with this one.The story begins with a father telling his children a fable of an evil div monster who roamed various villages and would choose a home at random Said home would have to sacrifice one of their children, or the div would kill as many as he pleased The father in the story is beside himself with the idea of offering one of h [...]

  10. And The Mountains Echoed ATME is a brilliant stand alone book, however, it s not up to the mark that Khaled Hosseini set for himself with his earlier two fantastic novels Starting with the negatives, the narration style simply didn t work out Though Mr Hosseini deserves a pat on the back for trying out something different this time and not sticking to a tried and tested formula by going beyond a two person narration as in A Thousand Splendid Suns ATSS , but this time it just somehow looks rusty [...]

  11. A pebble thrown in a pool of water creates ripples never just one, but countless of them This is what this story is all about An uncle s suggestion led to a father s decision, and there was no stopping what happened afterwards The ripples were so vast it looked almost impossible to trace back to the central plop that the pebble created but secrets are meant to be revealed, truths are meant to be uncovered The story played out through many decades in at least five countries among a myriad of char [...]

  12. You know how you hate when a good book ends You know you have to keep reading, reading, reading because you just can t stop and yet you are ever so mad when the book does just that You know how you feel like wow how can I find another like this, a book as good, a book as well written, a book that has touched you in so many places This is one of those books Mr Hosseini has written a brilliant novel which is about family, its importance, its closeness even though one is continents away, and its ab [...]

  13. OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG Oh MY GOD that pretty much Explains my reaction after seeing that a new book by Khaled Hosseini Is coming Seeing this review and 66 likes makes me smileAfter all the excitements and waiting, I practically ruined this book by trying to read it when I was not fit for reading OH well, I can add another thing to my ever growing long list of regrets and things that I could have done not Wrong.Review to come This book deserves some words from me.

  14. One terrific novel The page turning literary novel is alive well in the 2010 s The intersecting stories are all pearls of a deep maudlin color mauve Blue, frozen stories which, because of their humanity, resound like the echoes of mountains An interesting motif regarding the immobility of singular fates, or the full circle reconciliation with the past Wholeheartedly recommended to me by my pal Segen, I in turn also wanna do the same.

  15. This is a difficult book to review Hosseini is a good storyteller, but I have the same complaint about this book as I did with The Kite Runner, which is that they are too precious As in, roll your eyes, on the nose precious.But before I focus on the negative, let me share the positive This is an impressive story that spans generations and continents Each chapter is told from a different character s point of view, and each section builds on the events that have come before, and by the end we have [...]

  16. Damn, And the Mountains Echoed made me cry I just finished it Gosh, why did it upset me so much And will others react as I have Is it just stupid me I can point at a million things that are wrong with the bookd yet, it has done something right since it has undeniably moved me Rarely do books make me cry OK, here is what I think is going on, in my head and in my heart I will start with what is simple, but very important This is the first book I have listened to where I would advise very strongly [...]

  17. Khaled Hosseini kills me His writing seems to wound me as I m reading his books I remember when I read the Kite Runner I had to stop for a week or so to psyche myself up to finish it because it made me so sad I think I must be getting soft in my old age His writing rides a raw edge between nostalgia and pain you don t want bad things to happen to his characters because they are already deeply wounded by circumstance But then another part of me gets inspired to write when I read his work I love h [...]

  18. Abdullah 10, is very close to his little sister Pari 3, his poor family living inside a mud house, in Shadbagh , a small village of Afghanistan, days walk from Kabul the capital, but the boy s whole life is taking care of this precious girl child, washing her, keeping the sister clean, playing and giving the baby things, reciting poems, taking the tiny female on rambles, doesn t matter, just content to be together, they are like twinsHis kind mother has died and the stepmother Parawana , is indi [...]

  19. This is my biggest disappointment with a book of all time, purely because Khaled Hosseini is one of my favourite authors I loved his two previous books, The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns but somehow I couldn t get interested in the same way I did with his previous books They both had so much depth I think the fact that I lived in Saudi Arabia for many years possibly helped in that I could relate to them the way I did.But this book, well I found it to be long winded and not to my satis [...]

  20. This has probably been my most anticipated new release for a very long time Like many people, I was totally awestruck by Hosseini s first novel The Kite Runner His second A Thousand Splendid Suns is up there in my Top Five Books, I was astounded by the story Bearing this in mind, and despite my delight at acquiring a pre publication copy of And The Mountains Echoed, I was a little nervous that I may be a little disappointed.Khaled Hosseini s fans do have to wait a long time between books, its be [...]

  21. Speechless Swollen eyes Messed up mind Bitter sweet feeling Craving for time to spend with the characters Here is what I have been trying to do for the last one hour before helplessly falling asleep Aim To write a review of the book.Result Several crumpled pages.Reason Mind full of emotions but out of words.Conclusion I will be left like this each and every time I read a book written by Khaled Hosseini.Hosseini is a magician who captures your mind with the simple tricks of powerful words and le [...]

  22. Hm, ne bih da odbijem one koji jo nisu itali knjigu Srednjih 100 strana knjige mi kripi Nekako i jeste to Hoseini i nije Radim s piscima i znam da nije lako uvek biti pri inspiraciji i ispuniti o ekivanja italaca, urednika i medija I da svi imaju uspone i padove Iz li nog iskustva, obi no je druga knjiga slabija tamo gde je prva ispala veliki hit, takav je slu aj bio sa Zafonom , me utim, Hoseinijeva druga knjiga je bila samo za mrvicu gotovo neprimetnu prose nom itaocu slabija od prve a tre a j [...]

  23. There are always a few things to keep in mind when delving into a Khaled Hosseini novel First, and most important, is that you WILL have your heart broken, at least once, probably multiple times, and most likely within the first few pages Second, Mr Hosseini does not deal in neatly wrapped up endings redolent of Happily Ever After His stories are complicated than that there s no instant gratification of happy, fulfilled characters riding off into the sunset, but the overall result is far satis [...]

  24. Having been a fan of Khaled Hosseini s first two books even before they were published I am delighted to say that this book may be his best one yet It s a heart felt, multi generational tale that combines many characters and storylineseach one gut wrenching than the last I read most of this book in a perpetual state of goosebumps, and the last 20 pages with tears streaming down my face.And the Mountains Echoed far complex and multi layered than his prior two novels proves that Hosseini is dese [...]

  25. The book starts off with this quote Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field I ll meet you there JELALUDDIN RUMI, 13th century.From Afghanistan to Paris, to the Greek Islands to America, this story of three children from one father two different mothers , born in the small village of Shadbagh in Afghanistan, winds its way through love, loyalty, happiness, heartbreak, war, peace and basically a thousand tragedies per square mile Abdullah, Pari and their stepbrother Iqbal ar [...]

  26. Alright, time, fined me some free time to read this Today, 17 5 2013 3 22 pm 15 22 hrs user_status I shall read this wonder soon D A week laterI have the book O_OHave them all Will begin in a few minutes D 3 10th September, 2013 I m done with this book review coming soon

  27. Holy crap, what can I say about this amazing novel I m in a bit of a dry spell, reviewing wise, at the moment but I seriously think words would have failed me when trying to express how I feel about this book even at my most verbose.I loved both of Khaled Hosseini s previous novels The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns but this one was even better It touched me in my heart s most painful place and yet gave me hope for the future There were tears There was joy There were tears again.The no [...]

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