And the mountains echoed book review new york times
Book review | ‘And the Mountains Echoed’T here is a bland, almost corporate flavour to the title of Khaled Hosseini 's third book, suggesting a large but windy Afghan epic. Its narrative wares are clearly advertised in the book-jacket blurb to reassure his tens of millions of worldwide readers that they will be getting the brand they want. This effectively marketed product informs its consumers that, as there was in The Kite Runner , here there will also be siblings separated by hardship and tragedy. There will be nostalgia for old Afghanistan, ironised by its clashes with western freedoms and shattered by modern wars; there will be leaps in time, speaking of the cruel tricks of history through wildly emotive tales of loss, betrayal and redemption. It is A father presents his children with a fable as they embark on a journey through the mountains of the book's title, a myth to prepare them for the coming rupture in their lives, one that will echo down generations. But the threat of bland formula is instantly dissolved in Hosseini's elemental narrative chemistry.
Author Khaled Hosseini talks about his novel "And the Mountains Echoed!"
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Hosseini is a 'magician' who captures your mind with the simple tricks of powerful words and leaves you weeping silently but gifts you with a beautiful yet sad feeling. This time he has come up with an intriguing story of the siblings, Pari and Abdullah. The story may not be so special as The Kite Runner but the love the brother and the little sister share is unique. All I want to do now is thank Mr. Hosseini for giving me the character of Abdullah with whom I can share so many feelings. The bitter-sweet longings I felt years ago when my sister left home for college, all came rushing back when Pari was taken away from poor little Abdullah.
His verses of philosophy, mystical love and bold anti-establishment statements are filled with luxuriant images and magical rhythms that always enchant me. His heartfelt ghazals have never failed to move me, and still do today as they did when I read them as a schoolboy in Kabul. Describe your ideal reading experience when, where, what, how. The only two places where I can read for long stretches are in airplanes and in bed at nighttime. I read actual physical books and have thus far avoided the electronic lure. Who are your favorite novelists? What books, recent or otherwise, would you recommend about Afghanistan?
Baba Ayub tells a fable to his son and daughter of a terrifying div, a creature with horns and hairy shoulders whose thunderous footsteps can be heard for miles. If they refuse, the div will eat their entire family. The fable is preface to all that transpires in the rest of this novel. This book could have been written as a series of short stories, but the brilliant manner in which Hosseini overlaps and blends these stories into a single work that will keep the reader hungry for what comes next is nothing short of genius. It is a series of events primarily involving the separations and reunitings of members of one family from autumn of through winter of
Published in by Riverhead Books , it deviates from Hosseini's style in his first two works through his choice to avoid focusing on any one character. - It grapples with many of the same themes that crisscross his early novels: the relationship between parents and children, and the ways the past can haunt the present.