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And the Mountains Echoed Hardcover – May 21 2013

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; 1st Edition edition (May 21 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670067512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670067510
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.4 x 24.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 136 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Hosseini weaves a complex pattern of interlinked lives like a finely knotted carpet. Time slips back and forward, as readers move into the lives of the characters and each character leaves a mark on our hearts. Even as it captures the sadness and regret that engulfs its characters' lives, Hosseini's storytelling is filled with love and joy and a deep sense of hope. And the Mountains Echoed is a deeply moving elegy to what might have been." - The Globe and Mail

"Hosseini is generous with his descriptive flair, giving each of his characters, even the least consequential ones, heft that makes them feel three-dimensional. He can also paint everyday life so vividly that we feel the sun on our neck. If you're game for a journey, And the Mountains Echoed offers a very scenic trip." - The Toronto Star

"This is a poignant novel, an intimate portrayal of desperation, courage and love that surpasses our understanding of those conditions. It takes a mature and compassionate writer to discover and translate for others the transcendence in contemporary human lives. This is why our world needs writers like Khaled Hosseini." - The Kitchener-Waterloo Record

"His most ambitious novel to date, And the Mountains Echoed, proves that his massively popular first two efforts were no literary flukes. Hosseini's writing style is direct and visceral. He has the ability to practically wound readers as they read his words. He's a master of the literary twist, never allowing his reader to get too comfortable. Hosseini doesn't write like anyone else." - The Winnipeg Free Press

About the Author

Khaled Hosseini is one of most widely read and beloved novelists in the world, with more than ten million copies sold in the United States of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, and more than thirty-eight million copies sold worldwide in more than seventy countries. Hosseini is also a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Refugee Agency, and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan .

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Here is a book that will speak to you about the ties that bind and the fragility of familial relationships.In this stirring book we see the ways in which family members are capable of supporting each other,standing up for each other,respecting one another,and yet,are also capable of deceiving each other and disgracing one another.All things are possible,and we are witness to the complexities that weave this tale. This is a gripping story which holds many surprising turns. It will keep your interest from start to finish.Enjoy!
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Khaled Hosseini is a compassionate storyteller bringing to life his multiple characters in a diversity of places from Afghanistan to Europe and the United States over a sixty year time span to modernity. Especially poignant is the feeling that is evoked by many refugees when those who were fortunate to leave for the West return and feel like they no longer belong to their own previous society, but they are now outsiders; they can no longer go back in the past and fully fit in. The story of well-meaning aid workers, filled with good will and ideology and what often happens when they return home brought us back to the stark reality.
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I had to have this book after reading The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. I wasn't disappointed! The story is very moving, the characters very real. It's an easier 'read' than the other two; the emotion created is a deep ache rather than the shock and horror I felt when reading Hosseini's other books. It's a story about making choices and how the consequences affect ourselves and many others throughout our lives. I couldn't put it down and still can't stop thinking about the two small children, Pari and Abdullah, so dependent and trusting, betrayed.
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 7 2013
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"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment." -- 1 John 4:18 (NKJV)

Regardless of your ultimate view of this book, I think you'll agree that pages 1 through 49 are as well written as anything you've read in a long time. Bravo, Mr. Hosseini! They are a remarkable achievement!!

While anyone would envy an author who accomplished so much to open a novel, there's a problem. Readers expect the rest of the book to maintain that remarkably high standard.

I believe that Mr. Hosseini has the talent to do so. The plot for this book, its scope, and length make it impossible to do so. You couldn't write War and Peace in many fewer words ... or a Tale of Two Cities. And the Mountains Echoed needs to be two or three times longer to flesh out his plan for the book.

Without that length, the book comes across as a series of short stories briefly connected to one or the other of the two siblings in the book's beginning, Abdullah and Pari. Each story is its own morality tale about how we treat other people, including those in our families. Within the whole book there are themes connecting suffering, responsibility, and morality. Some characters adhere to timeless values, at least in parts of their lives, while others talk a good game ... but don't act in accord with their words. The result is a tapestry capturing Afghanistan yesterday and today against a backdrop of humanity over all times.

One of the book's major accomplishments is to present some of the most thought-provoking writing I recall about how appearance affects our lives and our behavior. I would love to see Mr. Hosseini return to this subject in future books. He obviously has a deep understanding that can inform us all.

But please do write a book next time that's as long as your subject deserves, Mr. Hosseini! We'll read it.
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Like many readers I picked this book purely because I had read
Khaled's previous two, and was mesmerized by his style as a writer
and story teller; however the distinction end there for me.
In this latest novel, we need a scorecard to keep up with all the
new characters and a lesson in geography to keep up with the whereabouts
of everyone.
Multi generational stories are tough to follow at the best of times,
but this cast of characters is all over the map for me.
I will read the next one Mr. Hosseini, and give you the benefit of past
works, but for me, And the mountains echoed, was a disappointment.
Monique Rouleau
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this is not his best novel. Very confusing at times, as he introduces so many characters. Starts telling you about them and then leaves you up in the air He is an extremely good writer. This book was a bit disappointing for me.
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I can't believe I'm writing a negative review about this author. I loved his other two books so much that I couldn't wait to read this one. The beginning 30 some pages were great then it went haywire! All over the place, back and forth with so many characters I couldn't remember who was who anymore. Chapters ended where they should have continued and others continued where they should have ended. I was so frustrated trying to remember certain characters and their placement in the story and looking back to refresh my memory. I should have started writing them down from the beginning but really never expected it to be that confusing. I will read Khaled Hosseini's future publications and cherish his previous two but this one will be one I will not recommend!
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