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atmechoedName :  And the Mountains Echoed

Author: Khaled Hosseini

Genre : Historical fiction, Drama

Pages : 400+

Publication Year: May 21, 2013

Is Review Spoiler: No

Would you recommend this book: Yes

Rating: 5/5

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And The Mountains Echoed is the third book by acclaimed author Khaled Hosseini, whose previous two books ‘The Kite Runner’ and ‘The Thousand Splendid Suns’ are bestsellers.

‘You want a story and I will tell you one,’ –  The story begins in Afaganistan 1952, where Saboor is travaling with his son Abdullah and his daughter ‘Pari’ to Kabul through the MOUNTAINS.

Saboor tells them a story, a story to prepare Pari and Abdullah, specially Abdullah who has unusually powerful bond to his sister ‘Pari’. Saboor narrates them a story which has a simple moral – ‘how at times of need, one has to sacrifice a finger to save a hand’. A mythical story of a div (or demon) and a father who will give away his most loved son to demon for a better life on a pact that he will never see him again. Saboor is telling this story to his son to prepare him for the coming disaster which will changes the lives of everyone, the one that will ECHO down the generations.

The book compared to other Hosseini’s book doesn’t have single or two character narrative instead this book has the multi-layered narrative in which the different characters linked to same family in different timelines narrates the story.

There are only few writers who can produce back-to-back masterpieces and Husseini is one of those writers.There is lot to learn in this book, Love, Friendship, political turmoil in Afghanistan. The portrayal of each character in this book excellent, you will feel the pain, sadness and happiness of each character in this book. Each character and each story in this book is crafted perfectly and the stories in this book though at beginning you won’t find any relevance  to actual story but at the end all threads will meet perfectly to make a perfect story.

As I proceeded with the story, I realized that each character in this book is a hero, either it be Parawana step mother of Abdullah or Nabi uncle of Adbullah or Nila Wahdati – each and every character has a story to tell and each story will make that character a hero. Each character has a purpose in this book though a purpose he/she never had in her mind.

At times I felt that narrative was disjointed and doesn’t have a clear picture as to their relation to the story of Abdullah and Pari. Like the narrative of Markos – a Greek aid worker in Afghanistan and acquaintance of Nabi.

But nevertheless – And The Mountains Echoed is an epic tale of heartbreak and hope, hope of meeting your loved ones, hope of reuniting with your family. And Indeed “This story is like a moving train: no matter where you hop on-board, you are bound to reach your destination sooner or later.”

I recommend this book for everyone. Go ahead and read it.

Some awesome lines from the book:

1. For courage, there must be something at stake. I come here with nothing to lose.

2. Nothing good came free. Even love. You paid for all things. And if you were poor, suffering was your currency.

3. Today I have seen the charm, the beauty, the unfathomable grace of the face that I was looking for.

4. I swear, since seeing Your face, the whole world is fraud and fantasy. The garden is bewildered as to what is leaf or blossom. The distracted birds can’t distinguish the birdseed from the snare.

5. A story is like a moving train: no matter where you hop onboard, you are bound to reach your destination sooner or later.

6. I suspect the truth is that we are waiting, all of us, against insurmountable odds, for something extraordinary to happen to us.

7. 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.

8. You know I don’t like dogs. They have no self-respect. You kick them and they still love you.It’s depressing.

9. They think they live by what they want. But really what guides them is what they’re afraid of. What they don’t want.

10. But time, it is like charm. You never have as much as you think.

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A_Thousand_Splendid_SunsName : A Thousand Splendid Suns
 
Author:  Khaled Hosseini
 
Genre : Novel
 
Pages : 384
 
Language: English
 
Publication Year: May 22, 2007
 
Is Review Spoiler: No
 
Rating: 5/5

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What is that a child wants more than anything? Mother,Love,Toys,Friends or Father? Yes, it’s father Mariam wanted more than anything in the world, Mariam – five year old daughter of Jalil. All she wanted is her father, she loved Thursday more than any other day in the week because that’s the day when Jalil will come to meet his bustard daughter. Even though her mother told her multiple times not to trust any man because ‘A man’s accusing finger will always finds a woman,always’. She never believed her mother, never until it was too late until, the storm called reality stuck her so hard that, it was impossible for her to get out of that storm.

There are only few books which are written and explained with such a beauty that it will almost tore your heart apart and that’s exactly what “A Thousand Splendid Suns” did to me.

A Thousand Splendid Suns follows the lives of two Afghani girls, Mariam and Laila as the move from children to adults. This books spans 40 years, covering three decades of war in Afghanistan, starting with Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and closing with the overthrow of the Taliban. Story revolves around, Mariam who is born and bought up in small village with no education and Laila who born and bought up in Kabul with good educational background. Husseini has beautifully described how destiny will bring these two girls from two different parts of country to same place and how the enmity between them is turned into a beautiful friendship. A friendship you will never forget throughout your life.

There are only few writers who can produce back-to-back masterpieces and Husseini is one of those writers.There is lot to learn in this book, Love, Friendship, political turmoil in Afghanistan. The real picture of Afghani people in the midst of  three decades of wars, their struggle for life, their struggle for food, their struggle for sleep and most importantly their struggle for peace . This book also describes the real beauty of Afghanistan.

There are parts in this book, which will make you privately shed tears and there are parts which will make you laugh(like Islamic flamingos).

The books  describes  the struggle of Afghani men/women (specially women) in the midst of political warfare, civil war and under an oppressive regime – you will be thankful to God for the things which he has given you.

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul-they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman’s love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.

A stunning accomplishment, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love.

Overall this is the book which is not be missed, seriously, not be missed. I recommend this book for everyone. Go ahead pick this up and read.


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