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review Í And The Mountains Echoed ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ 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 tT 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. 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 she’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 decadesThe novel is made up of a series of linked and interlinked stories about members of this one family their descendants and people whose lives they touch Hosseini takes us back and forwards in time but each episode tells a whole story of one of the characters This made the book feel in some ways like a collection of short stories rather than a novel but Hosseini brings us round in a perfect circle and the last few chapters bring all these disparate episodes into one immensely moving wholeThe beauty of the writing is only matched by the humanity of the characters Hosseini takes us inside their minds and their hearts and we see them laid bare essentially good people but with their flaws and weaknesses exposed to us and to themselves Although much of the book takes place in Europe and America Afghanistan remains at the heart of it because it remains in the hearts of the characters even though they may have become part of the war and poverty driven diasporaA beautiful and very moving book that brought me to tears on several occasions this isn’t fundamentally about politics or war; it is about the unforgettable people who populate its pages – about humanity And though there is sadness and sorrow here there is also love and joy and a deep sense of hope Highly recommendedNB This book was provided for review by Vine UKwwwfictionfanblogwordpresscom

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Ullah 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 mus. 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 mosue 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 felt touched by her like I too had been marked by what had happened to her We were interlocked I sensed through some unseen order in ways I couldn’t wholly understand linked beyond our names beyond familial ties as if together we completed a puzzle I felt certain that if I listened closely enough to her story I would discover something revealed about myself In the opening chapter of And the Mountains Echoed a poor father tells his children a story A monster ravished a town until a child was offered to appease him In order to save the rest of his family and the town a father sacrifices his favorite child to the monster Years later unable to recover from the sorrow of this decision the father scales a mountain to reach the monster’s fortress seeking to bring his son home But finding that the boy is happy well fed clothed and educated he reconsiders In this story is the core of the tales to come Hosseini writes of the bond between parents and children and the sacrifices some parents make to see that their children are well looked after Does the benefit of a comfortable home a richer material upbringing outweigh the loss of that natural parent child experience The theme of parenting with complications well beyond the keep or send away element permeates The son of a wealthy local big shot comes to realize that his comforts come at the expense of others A massively scarred girl is left by her mother in the care of someone who is probably better suited to raise her A young woman sacrifices years of her life to take care of an ailing parent A war ravaged child is taken in by one of her caregivers I am forever drawn to family as a recurring central theme of my writing My earlier novels were at heart tales of fatherhood and motherhood My new novel is a multi generational family story as well this time revolving around brothers and sisters and the ways in which they love wound betray honor and sacrifice for each otherThere are sibling issues galore here An ugly duckling twin gets revenge on the favored twin but takes on a considerable burden A brother and sister who were very close are torn apart at an early age and must cope with the absence of that missing other part of themselves Friendships that seem like sibling hood sprout like poppies in Helmand A Greek boy is joined by the daughter of his mother’s best friend She remains longer than expected A fast but fragile friendship forms between a rich boy in Afghanistan and the son of a poor manThe cast here is international as is the selection of settings Hosseini was born in Kabul but as his father was an ambassador he was exposed to the wider world Dad was posted in Paris when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan Hosseini’s time in France informs the parts of the book that are set there Eventually his family immigrated to the USA taking up residence in California another site in the novel He has visited his homeland since growing up in the West like émigrés we meet in these pages One Afghani emigrant struggles with the tension between remaining connected to his homeland in a very concrete way or maintaining his separation How much responsibility for dealing with Afghanistan’s problems lies with those who have moved awayHosseini best selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns returns us to a world or rather worlds that we have seen before a harsh Afghanistan as the emotional and table setting core and western locales in which are echoed the events of the old worldwhen you grow up in a Third World country you know poverty and affluence are juxtaposed It's literally next door you don't have to go to another zip code It's right there when you walk out in the street and there are beggars and so on and so forth So it becomes part of your life and you can either not just not reflect on it but I must have because I remember my stories always had to do with these things There was always some guy who came from a very affluent background and some person who came from a much less privileged background and their lives collided in some way and tragedy would ensue inevitably I mean sort of a recurring theme in my stories One of the points Hosseini makes here is the commonality of East and West despite outward differences He mirrors many of his characters’ experiences People sacrifice themselves to care for those in need of help in both places Parents are no less stressed in the West than in the East in terms of struggling with decisions about their children Pain is too much for some in both worlds In both worlds there are characters who cannot face their futures and opt out In both worlds young people sacrifice themselves to care for others In both worlds there are characters who are seriously damaged physically and must cope with adapting to worlds that value beauty or at the very least normalcy In both worlds parents give up their children We really are the same beneath our cultures and historiesI do not have a comparative character count here but it was my sense that this was a larger book than his first two Each of those focused mostly on a smaller group of actors This time it seemed there was of an ensemble cast in multiple stories The links between some of the elements were a bit te

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And The Mountains EchoedSo 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 Abd. 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 page and he does this very well as he did in his other novels You find yourself transported to 1950's Afghanistan where you smile cry and feel pity right alongside the unfortunate characters in this book But Hosseini tried something different with And The Mountains Echoed and that was incorporating a slew of different characters as opposed to just two like he did in his last two books and I don't know if it worked out too well Some people could have been mentioned in passing or not even at all as opposed to dedicating whole chapters to them such as Markos and Thalia's story Also the Bashiri cousins seemed unnecessary Even though these characters were uniue in their own way and provided food for thought regarding their plights I still felt like these chapters dragged on when I was concerned about what was happening with the others It was like Hosseini deliberately sucked us in made us get cozy with Saboor and his family just to rip them away from us and branch off onto some completely different writing exercise As the reader I just couldn't reshape my feelings to feel another strong connection to these new characters Regarding the writing style the book spanned over several generations and then spoke in the first person from the point of view of different characters from the next generation which got confusing at first especially as he jumps between past and present and even geographical locations Further he sueezed in yet another subplot towards the end of the book with Ibal and the commander and it came off sounding short and incomplete I feel like the author could have dedicated pages developing and telling the story of the characters we already got to know and love in the beginning rather than introducing new unnecessary ones halfway through the book This format Hosseini used left a lot of open ends and a kind of longing leaving the reader unsatisfied Not my favorite out of the three but still somehow an enjoyable read