And the Mountains Echoed: Review

Khalid Hoseinni’s books generally have a similar drift, they begin in pre-war Afghanistan, the protagonists are young guileless kids. The war happens and they are separated and years later they meet to find something amiss. Same goes with ‘And the mountains echoed’, it is the story of families, cousins, siblings but mainly delves around the story of two siblings Pari and Abdullah.

The book opens with their early lives, the three live in a small village in rural Afghanistan and travel to Kabul, where Pari is sold to a rich childless couple . Abdullah’s world is torn apart, he adored his little sister, it was gut wrenching, the pain of a brother who loses his sibling.
From this grievous beginning the story advances into modern Afghanistan, America, Paris and Greece. Unlike his previous books, Hosseini paints a different  picture in ‘And the mountains echoed’, each chapter is an extension of the last, with new characters somehow related to the characters in the previous chapter.
In his signature style, Hosseini, tugs the heart strings of his readers, the book is gripping and a fast read. He has mastered the art of story-telling impeccably. He weaves the wand on his words beautifully.
“A story is like a moving train: no matter where you hop onboard, you are bound to reach your destination sooner or later.”


The book moves timely, as readers can reflect on Afghanistan at a time of fading American military involvement. It has a lot of characters, the reader might get lost or confused as Hosseini transits from story of one to another. This can be a bit confusing and the only reason the book gets 4 out 5 from me.

And the mountains echoed is beautifully written and is moving like his earlier works. Highly recommended read for this summer. Lay your hands on this if you are an avid reader.

This was originally published in The EP!C Magazine

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