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So, then. You want a story and I will tell you one...Afghanistan, 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 nam ...more
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published May 21st 2013 by Riverhead Books (first published February 29th 2012)
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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
Feb 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Will Byrnes
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, afghanistan
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 th
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways, favorites
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
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
May 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Pushkar Singh
May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
The author has already broke my heart twice (The Kite Runner and The Thousand Splendid Suns) so I might as well go for more...
well, this is definitely my least favourite KH book. its desperately lacking that magical quality that made his first two books so spectacular.

it starts off so promising. i love the atmosphere that was created and the emotional set-up for such a wonderful bond between a brother and sister. but then the story takes a completely unexpected turn - it becomes less about a brother and sister finding their way back to each other and more about the lives of secondary characters who are very distantly r
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: may-2013
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
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
One terrific novel. Great to know: the page-turning literary novel is alive & well in the 2010s!

The intersecting stories are all pearls of a deep maudlin color mauve. Blue, frozen stories which, because of their humanity, resound like the echoes in mountains. (An interesting motif regarding the immobility of singular fates, &/or the full circle reconciliation with the past.)

Wholeheartedly recommended to me by my pal Segen, & I in turn also wanna do the same.
Henry Avila
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Abdullah 10, is very close to his little sister Pari 3, his poor family living inside a mud house, in Shadbagh , a small village of Afghanistan, days walk from Kabul the capital, but the boy's whole life is taking care of this precious girl child, washing her, keeping the sister clean, playing and giving the baby things, reciting poems, taking the tiny female on rambles, doesn't matter, just content to be together, they are like twins...His kind mother has died and the stepmother Parawana , is i ...more
Nimra khalid
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-read
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
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
May 17, 2013 rated it liked 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
Lynne King
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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
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 simpl

Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing

In 1952 a poor Afghan family - Saboor, his second wife Parwana, his son Abdullah, 10, and daughter Pari, 3 are in dire straits in the town of Shadbagh, Afghanistan.

Having recently lost a baby to the frigid Afghan winter Saboor decides to sell Pari to the Wahdatis - a wealthy childless couple in Kabul - to provide a better life for his family.

This sets up the baseline for the story that reverberates down through multiple characters and generations.....which the author relates almost as series o
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mutasim Billah
“They say, Find a purpose in your life and live it. But, sometimes, it is only after you have lived that you recognize your life had a purpose, and likely one you never had in mind.”

A story spanning generations and across continents, And the Mountains Echoed is a brilliant example of storytelling. There can only be so many stories of so many people spanning differences in culture and class, painting images of poverty, war, love, compassion, hatred and longing that you start to wonder if a wo
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*top 10 favourite ever*
*top 10 memorable book ever*

*Need to reread

The most underrated book of all times 🗣️🗣️🗣️
Shafay Ishtiaq
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
“Out beyond ideas
of wrongdoing and right doing,
there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.”

‘And the Mountains Echoed’ is the third book of Khalid Hosseini which I have read and he is definitely up there as one of my favorite writers. Khalid is an amazing story teller and uses simple words to describe people and surroundings which is quite effective.

The book is written in a different style from the previous two books of Khalid . The book contains different chapters and each chapter is told
The book starts off with this quote:
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there. - JELALUDDIN RUMI, 13th century.
From Afghanistan to Paris, to the Greek Islands to America, this story of three children from one father (two different mothers), born in the small village of Shadbagh in Afghanistan, winds its way through love, loyalty, happiness, heartbreak, war, peace and basically a thousand tragedies per square mile. Abdullah, Pari and their stepbroth
Paul E. Morph
Holy crap, what can I say about this amazing novel? I'm in a bit of a dry spell, reviewing-wise, at the moment but I seriously think words would have failed me when trying to express how I feel about this book even at my most verbose.

I loved both of Khaled Hosseini's previous novels (The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns) but this one was even better. It touched me in my heart's most painful place and yet gave me hope for the future. There were tears. There was joy. There were tears again
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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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