Book Review: And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

51PBblV4b4LI awaited this book in anticipation, and actually read it months ago when it first came out. I am definitely a fan of Khaled Hosseini’s writing, having previously loved The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. As you can imagine, thanks to my eagerness to acquire this book, I ended up reading it within two days.

Essentially, it is the story of two siblings, a brother and sister, who were unwittingly torn apart, and their journeys into adulthood, the families that they create and the coming together of those families.

Like Hosseini’s other work, the basis of the story is a tale of the horrors that Afghanis have had to endure in recent history – the drastic measures that had to be taken in order to survive.

Without giving too much away, it is another beautiful piece of work by Hosseini. I do have to say, though, that this novel did not have quite the emotional effect on me as his previous work did (whilst reading both The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns I was almost constantly in tears). However, I find it impossible to pinpoint the reason for that. It could be that this book did not give quite as big of an emotional punch in the stomach, or that my emotional state has solidified since first discovering his work 10 years ago.

Nonetheless, this is an amazing read, and I would definitely recommend it.


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