When a group of Marines storm an abandoned house looking for insurgents, they hear strange noises. That's when they discovered a little puppy that had...moreWhen a group of Marines storm an abandoned house looking for insurgents, they hear strange noises. That's when they discovered a little puppy that had survived the bombing in Fallujah. Although there is a regulation forbidding the Marines from keeping pets, the little dog won the hearts of the tough Marines, especially Jay Kopelman.
This is the story of Jay's attempt to bring the puppy, Lava, back to the United States with him. The book also tells the story of the military in Iraq in 2004-2005 around the time of the Iraqi elections. Lava was a bright spot in the midst of all the killing. He seemed to help the Marines reduce their stress when they could forget the war for a few minutes and play with the puppy. Although the book had a happy ending for Lava, there were many Iraqis and American military personel that were not as lucky.(less)
"When you have lived as long as I have, the div replied, you find that cruelty and benevolence are but shades of the same color."
Khaled Hosseini has w...more"When you have lived as long as I have, the div replied, you find that cruelty and benevolence are but shades of the same color."
Khaled Hosseini has written a multigenerational story about family love, betrayal, heartbreak, redemption, and healing. The book, set in Afghanistan, France, Greece, and California, centers around two siblings separated as children. It shows the difficult life, and unthinkable choices, that exist for many people in the impoverished country of Afghanistan. Even when they move around the globe, their morally ambiguous decisions, family ties, and culture travel with them like an echo.
And the Mountains Echoed was the book I was most looking foreward to reading this summer, and I was not disappointed. This is a wonderfully crafted book written with intelligence, with beautiful language, and with lots of heart. Khaled Hosseini again shows us that he is a fascinating storyteller.(less)