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And the Mountains Echoed

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  135,971 ratings  ·  18,668 reviews
An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else.

Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

In this tale revolving around not just parents and child
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published May 21st 2013 by Riverhead Hardcover
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Diana Yes, hang in there for sure. I felt like I needed to know whether the brother and sister ever found each other, but I won't give away the ending. (It…moreYes, hang in there for sure. I felt like I needed to know whether the brother and sister ever found each other, but I won't give away the ending. (It wasn't what one would expect.)(less)

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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 ver ...more
Date I finished this book: 06/09/2013
Date I was ready to review this book: Never

Unfortunately, I have to review it because it is due back to the library tomorrow, so here comes my completely insufficient review.

This book is by Khaled Hosseini.

Really, what more is there to say? I knew it would be wonderful.

I have to admit that the problem I ran into was that I was comparing it to his previous two books too often. And let's face it, they were amazing. And this book is incredible in its own right
Bobi Tychynski
Why do people rate books before reading them? This skews the ratings and I wish people wouldn't do so...

This was my most anticipated book of all time. I couldn't wait to read and and naturally was a bit let down. My least favorite of his three.

I found the voice in some of the chapters a bit awkward.

The characters were interesting and well developed for the most part. I didn't like how the author chose to weave everything together.

There were some very well done parts -some moments that were ver
Here's something you should know about Khaled Hosseini: All his stories have more or less, the same ingredients.

It always starts with Afghanistan in its pre-war days. The protagonists are children, guileless and innocent. Then the invasion happens. People separate, the bonds between them torn apart either by fate or by design. Many gut-wrenching chapters later, there's some kind of reunion but with a catch - there's something amiss, something unfulfilled, like a testimony to the unfairness of li
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 s/he’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
Every so often a book comes around that rocks you to your core. It makes you cry, laugh, think, feel and dream so intensely that when it is over you wonder where that life has gone. The characters are your friends and you realize you should probably call them because you haven't heard from them in awhile and you wonder what is going on in their lives. Then you remember that they aren't real and that seems impossible because they had a whole life that you were living for as long as you could hold ...more
Pushkar Singh
And The Mountains Echoed (ATME) is a brilliant stand-alone book, however, it's not up to the mark that Khaled Hosseini set for himself with his earlier two fantastic novels. Starting with the negatives, the narration style simply didn't work out. Though Mr. Hosseini deserves a pat on the back for trying out something different this time and not sticking to a tried and tested formula by going beyond a two-person narration as in A Thousand Splendid Suns (ATSS), but this time it just somehow looks ...more
I finished reading this book on May 24, but did not write a review because I didn't want to taint the experience for many of my friends who had not yet read the book. Since then I've seen several people post where they've finished the book and how much they loved it. Unfortunately I did not love it. I was highly disappointed in this book, it was not at all what I expected. I wanted the richness of the culture, I wanted to immerse myself in the feelings and experiences of the people who live a li ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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2.5 Stars

Oh that felt like blasphemy to type, but I’ve gotta be honest here. I loved The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, but Hosseini just missed the mark with this one.

The story begins with a father telling his children a fable of an evil div (monster) who roamed various villages and would choose a home at random. Said home would have to sacrifice one of their children, or the div would kill as many as he pleased. The father in the story is beside himself with the idea of offering on
Will Byrnes
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 mosque 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 more than
You know how you hate when a good book ends? You know you have to keep reading, reading, reading because you just can't stop and yet you are ever so mad when the book does just that? You know how you feel like wow! how can I find another like this, a book as good, a book as well written, a book that has touched you in so many places? This is one of those books. Mr Hosseini has written a brilliant novel which is about family, its importance, its closeness even though one is continents away, and i ...more
A pebble thrown in a pool of water creates ripples; never just one, but countless of them. This is what this story is all about. An uncle’s suggestion led to a father’s decision, and there was no stopping what happened afterwards. The ripples were so vast it looked almost impossible to trace back to the central plop that the pebble created; but secrets are meant to be revealed, truths are meant to be uncovered. The story played out through many decades in at least five countries among a myriad o ...more
Nimra khalid
OMG..! OMG..!
OMG..! OMG..! OMG..!
OMG..! OMG..! OMG..! OMG..!
(that pretty much Explains my reaction after seeing that a new book by Khaled Hosseini Is coming..!)


Seeing this review and 66 likes makes me smile..
After all the excitements and waiting, I practically ruined this book by trying to read it when I was not fit for reading.
OH well, I can add another thing to my ever growing long list of regr
Damn, And the Mountains Echoed made me cry. I just finished it. Gosh, why did it upset me so much?! And will others react as I have? Is it just stupid me? I can point at a million things that are wrong with the book....and yet, it has done something right since it has undeniably moved me. Rarely do books make me cry.

OK, here is what I think is going on, in my head and in my heart:

I will start with what is simple, but very important. This is the first book I have listened to where I would advise
This has probably been my most anticipated new release for a very long time. Like many people, I was totally awestruck by Hosseini's first novel The Kite Runner. His second; A Thousand Splendid Suns is up there in my Top Five Books, I was astounded by the story. Bearing this in mind, and despite my delight at acquiring a pre-publication copy of And The Mountains Echoed, I was a little nervous that I may be a little disappointed.

Khaled Hosseini's fans do have to wait a long time between books, it
This is a difficult book to review. Hosseini is a good storyteller, but I have the same complaint about this book as I did with The Kite Runner, which is that they are too precious. As in, roll-your-eyes, on-the-nose precious.

But before I focus on the negative, let me share the positive: This is an impressive story that spans generations and continents. Each chapter is told from a different character's point of view, and each section builds on the events that have come before, and by the end we
Khaled Hosseini kills me. His writing seems to wound me as I'm reading his books. I remember when I read the Kite Runner I had to stop for a week or so to psyche myself up to finish it because it made me so sad. (I think I must be getting soft in my old age.) His writing rides a raw edge between nostalgia and pain: you don't want bad things to happen to his characters because they are already deeply wounded by circumstance. But then another part of me gets inspired to write when I read his work. ...more
Joyeeta (Dauntless, I Choose You!)
Speechless ✓
Swollen eyes ✓
Messed up mind ✓
Bitter sweet feeling ✓
Craving for more time to spend with the characters ✓

Here is what I have been trying to do for the last one hour (before helplessly falling asleep)-

Aim: To write a review of the book.
Result: Several crumpled pages.
Reason: Mind full of emotions but out of words.
Conclusion: I will be left like this each and every time I read a book written by Khaled Hosseini.

Hosseini is a 'magician' who captures your mind with the simple tricks of

There are always a few things to keep in mind when delving into a Khaled Hosseini novel. First, and most important, is that you WILL have your heart broken, at least once, probably multiple times, and most likely within the first few pages. Second, Mr. Hosseini does not deal in neatly wrapped-up endings redolent of "Happily Ever After." His stories are more complicated than that; there's no instant gratification of happy, fulfilled characters riding off into the sunset, but the overall result is ...more
Wendy Pearl's Picks
Having been a fan of Khaled Hosseini's first two books--even before they were published--I am delighted to say that this book may be his best one yet! It's a heart-felt, multi-generational tale that combines many characters and storylines...each one more gut wrenching than the last. I read most of this book in a perpetual state of goosebumps, and the last 20 pages with tears streaming down my face.
And the Mountains Echoed--far more complex and multi-layered than his prior two novels--proves that
Numey {Azra, creator of Azura}
Alright, time, fined me some free time to read this.

Today, 17/5/2013. 3:22 pm/ 15:22 hrs.

I shall read this wonder soon! ='D


A week later...

I have the book O_O

Have them all:

Will begin in a few minutes :D <3


10th September, 2013...
I'm done with this book.

*review coming soon*
Lynne King
This is my biggest disappointment with a book of all time, purely because Khaled Hosseini is one of my favourite authors. I loved his two previous books, “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns” but somehow I couldn’t get interested in the same way I did with his previous books. They both had so much depth. I think the fact that I lived in Saudi Arabia for many years possibly helped in that I could relate to them the way I did.

But this book, well I found it to be “long winded” and not to
Sheryl Sorrentino
First, a confession (in the interests of fairness and full disclosure): Khaled Hosseini has attained “untouchable” status in my view—so much so that, as my all-time favorite author, he can do no wrong. When an artist bestows upon me so much pleasure with his unbelievable gift, that shared connection engenders a sort of intimacy and expectancy. We begin to grow together.

Like Hosseini’s first two novels (The Kite Runner; A Thousand Splendid Suns), And the Mountains Echoed delivers unmatched sensi

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* جلال الدين الرومي

اِفتتح خالد حسيني روايته بهذا البيت الصوفي ليمهد للقارئ صراع الخير والشر البشري والذي سيكون بطبيعة الحال حاضرًا في شخصياته ! ٠
رواية تخطف الأنفاس ! عندما توقفت عن القراءة مع انتهاء كل فصل أتساءل: كيف كنت أتنفس !؟ شعرت بأنني أجري فمثل هذا السرد لا يدعك حتى تلتهمه دفعة واحدة ! وذلك بسبب طبيعة الرواية وروايات كل أفرادها ومع تداخلها وتمازجها إلا أنني متيقظة تمامًا بالأحداث والأسماء والأم
I am a massive Khaled Hosseini fan and unfortunately that left me with a huge expectation for "And the Mountains Echoed". My expectation was a harsh realistic story that was loosely based on fact but got the point across dramatically. In the beginning of the book (first third) from the opening line the reader is captivated and is certain they are in the hands of a master story teller. By the middle of the book, I had lost my way, I was confused and bored. In the final third I found myself willin ...more
Jul 12, 2013 Linda rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Linda by: Shelf Awareness 10-30-12
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Another feather in Khaled Hosseini's cap.

This is not a book to be devoured. It is to be savored. The writing style requires deliberate and diligent perusal. It is not a chronologically linear story, nor does it concentrate on A person through the entire book.

Through most of the book, I knew Hosseini was dispensing puzzle pieces, first the corners and the perimeter, then the center. I pieced the land together except for a smattering of holes. The sky was next. Slowly through the 400 pages the pi
Gary  the Bookworm
We've all been told to avoid making mountains out of molehills. I think the inverse is also true: don't reduce mountains into molehills. You can sometimes take a vast and complicated struggle- in this case the troubled history of Afghanistan for the past 100 years - and divvy it up into bite-sized increments, but in so doing you've lost the magnitude of the narrative. Khalid Hosseini, a born storyteller, has written two wildly successful novels about the turbulence in Afghanistan and its impact ...more
Tea Jovanović
Hm, ne bih da odbijem one koji još nisu čitali knjigu... Srednjih 100 strana knjige mi škripi... Nekako i jeste to Hoseini i nije... Radim s piscima i znam da nije lako uvek biti pri inspiraciji i ispuniti očekivanja čitalaca, urednika i medija... I da svi imaju uspone i padove... Iz ličnog iskustva, obično je druga knjiga slabija (tamo gde je prva ispala veliki hit, takav je slučaj bio sa Zafonom), međutim, Hoseinijeva druga knjiga je bila samo za mrvicu (gotovo neprimetnu prosečnom čitaocu) sl ...more
This long awaited and highly anticipated offering from Hosseini doesn't disappoint. Hosseini is truly an excellent storyteller, a superb creator of wonderful characters and thought-provoking scenarios. I really admire him on this occasion for stepping away from the previous structure type and plot driven characteristics of the much beloved Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. It was a brave chance to take and it worked well for the most part in this novel. With many characters, timelines an ...more
Doug Bradshaw
There's an episode of Star Trek where Picard through some kind of time glitch, leaves the ship and lives a whole life, has kids, gets old and at the end, returns to the ship, only a minimal amount of time having gone by. It was touching and well done. There are many such stories in the Mountain Echoed, all interrelated to the same core family where we see the whole lives of regular people and how life in Afghanistan has affected them. The glue of these relationships is the love of the family and ...more
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Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965. In 1970 Hosseini and his family moved to Iran where his father worked for the Embassy of Afghanistan in Tehran. In 1973 Hosseini's family returned to Kabul, and Hosseini's youngest brother was born in July of that year.
In 1976, when Hosseini was 11 years old, Hosseini's father obtained a job in Paris, France, and moved the family there. They were u
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