A Book Review of “And the Mountains Echoed”

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you! This is my first post of 2014 and I’m starting it off with a review. You see, I received from Santa a new Kindle Fire and I’ve been putting it to good use. 😉 I’m going to read a little more this year because there are just so many darn good books out there and it’s a great way to relieve stress.

One of the first books I bought was “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini.

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 children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.

My Thoughts:

I read his first two books and I must say I read both of them in one day. They were that good!

This third book I didn’t like as much and I think the reason is because it dealt with the separation of a brother and sister.  Now that I have kids, I’m very sensitive to anything that could disrupt a child’s life. I automatically imagine my boys in a similar situation and it upset me. My boys are so close that I know it would tear each of them apart to be separated like the siblings were in this story.

However, that being said, the story was well written. This author is very descriptive and I love his way with words. That hasn’t changed from his first two books.

The story evolves and illustrates the complex relationships within families. It reflects the complicated dynamics that evolve among the members and the choices that they make because of them. It’s a great story, well written and at times disturbing and emotional.

So if you’re looking for a good read on a snowy day. This one’s a good pick. If you haven’t read his other two books, “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” pick those up too. They’re even better! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I hope you enjoyed my post. Leave a comment if you’d like to share your thoughts on any of the books  by Khaled Hosseini.

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About Lisa Orchard

I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.
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6 Responses to A Book Review of “And the Mountains Echoed”

  1. Nicely reviewed. Now, as for the Kindle Fire, Santa has good taste!

  2. I haven’t read any of his books. Yet. I’ve heard nothing but good things about The Kite Runner, and I want to read that some day. I pretty much fall asleep listening to (or reading) books. I’ve discovered audio books and buy them when I can afford them, or I listen to books on my Kindle, one of the earlier models which has the text-to-speech feature. It’s a robot voice and doesn’t pronounce everything right, but it sure saves me a lot of eye strain!

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      Thanks for stopping by Lynn! I read “The Kite Runner” in one day, it was that good! I also read his second book in one day. However, this third one took me a little longer and I think it’s because it started off as a separation of a brother and sister and that bothered me quite a bit. But it also seemed to jump from family to family without a lot of connectivity so I was always looking for the connection between the character instead of getting immersed in the story.

  3. Lauren Hale says:

    I have only heard good things about Khaled Hosseini’s books. This review makes me want to pick up his books. I get where you’re coming from re: the family thing…once you have children it is difficult not to imagine things happening to them instead. Thanks for a great review.

    Looking forward to getting to know you as part of the SITS Tribe Challenge.

    Warmest,
    Lauren

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      Thanks for stopping by Lauren! I’m glad you enjoyed my review and I encourage you to pick up his books. The way women are treated over in Afghanistan is horrible. Reading these stories made me appreciate my own country, that’s for sure! I’m looking forward to getting to know you through the SITS Challenge as well! 🙂

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