And the Mountains Echoed

And the Mountains Echoed

Book - 2013
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A multi-generational novel which begins with two motherless siblings in an Afghan village and explores the many ways in which family members love, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Group (Canada), 2013.
ISBN: 9780670067510
0670067512
Characteristics: 404 p.

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A beautifully written and powerful story of interwoven lives spanning 60 years and set in Afghanistan, the U.S., France, and Greece. It almost felt like I was reading a short story collection as every chapter was told from the point of view of a different character. I could not put this one down.

When our staff are not using book club kits for the library book clubs, customers are encouraged to use them for their own book clubs.

Hosseini's third book - from the publisher - AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED is an unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else.

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ehbooklover Jun 20, 2013

A beautifully written and powerful story of interwoven lives spanning 60 years and set in Afghanistan, the U.S., France, and Greece. It almost felt like I was reading a short story collection as every chapter was told from the point of view of a different character. I could not put this one down.


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Missakit
May 10, 2017

One of very few books where I couldn't predict what would happen next and could not turn the pages fast enough. Complex situations and characters, it will break your heart but also give you hope. I have told so many people they must read this book. Beautifully written.

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yesucan
Feb 23, 2017

Did not feel as involved with the characters as with his other books. Did not like any of the characters, nor the way the story flowed.

JCLDebbieF Oct 13, 2016

Engrossing, engaging, I felt the characters' pain, sorrow, happiness,and worries of their daily lives in Afghanistan.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 02, 2016

And the Mountains Echoed is a powerful story that gives insight on experiences, choices and humanity. As the story progresses, a variety of characters are introduced, all of whom are connected to each other in some way and face an inner struggle. Hosseini has beautifully illustrated the intricacy of relationships between brothers and sisters, relatives, friends, and strangers. Hosseini’s remarkable writing techniques convey the prominent themes of the story in an engaging way, allowing the reader to visualize the events. And the Mountains Echoed is rich with emotion and conjures an enchanting effect on the reader’s mind and heart. For those who enjoyed The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, this story will not be a disappointment. 5/5 Stars
- @VirtueofReading of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Khaled Hosseini’s third book, And the Mountains Echoed, is a novel about the life of many different characters of many different generations. The story begins with three year old Pari, her older brother Abdullah, and their father as they trek to the city of Kabul, Afghanistan. Unknowing of their father’s intentions at the time, Pari and Abdullah are excited to visit the house of a wealthy couple. Upon arrival, Abdullah learns of Pari’s fate, to be sold to the childless couple.The novel then unfolds and accounts the stories of different characters of several generations. This novel is very well written however, as there is an excessive amount of plot lines and characters to follow, I wound up confused and lost during my reading quite a few times.
- @BookLover of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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cknightkc
Apr 03, 2016

I was introduced to this book a couple years ago and after reading it a second time I must again acknowledge how gifted a writer Khaled Hosseini is. AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED contains unforgettable characters whose storylines are intertwined. As they experience love, family, sacrifice, secrets, responsibility, dignity, and loss I am reminded that these themes transcend all cultures.

zahra88 Jan 03, 2016

Wonderful book teaching us the true meaning of life. However, I found they were too many characters and some came unexpectedly.

Wonderful complex plot braided with myth and heartache of real life. It was difficult for me to follow some of the innuendo hidden in cultural norms and practices, but this will provoke a great discussion for our book club.

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ryner
Dec 13, 2015

A family saga, revealing how a single act can cause unexpected reverberations, both laterally and through multiple generations. Heartbreaking in almost every possible way.

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kategramlich
Sep 17, 2015

Just finished this for our Last Wednesday Book Club at LPL. I felt like I was being punched in the gut with emotions over and over... but in a really good way. Hosseini's characters in this particular novel are well-rounded, complex, and engaging. Loved it.

BPLpicks May 21, 2015

Another beautiful story from a master storyteller.

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