And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini – A Review
For anyone who has ever felt like they found a piece of themselves in knowing someone else, this book is for you. And The Mountains Echoed has a father recounting to his children an old folktale. The folktale story helps set the mood for an uplifting novel, but first Khaled Hosseini will bring us through heartbreak and a ton of other emotions.
The bonds of love and family are explored in this story of survival and growing love. The separation of a brother and sister, the love of their father, the need to survive the best they can. The loss and devastation that comes from losing someone you love dearly. Hosseini shows the feelings of the father in this book with such intensity it is difficult to move onto the next page during some points of the story. But you will keep moving, just like the father did, you will keep on exploring what is next.
The separation of a brother and sister is heartfelt and written expertly to help the reader truly feel these emotions. We watch as Abdullah and Pari, a brother and sister who are separated by their father. The father wants what is best for them and lets Pari live with adoptive parents in the hopes that her life will be better. The journey of Pari and her relationship with Abdullah is emotional and poignant.
The narration of the story does sometimes feel like it is disjointed. The merging of the different splinters of the story does not always go smoothly; it is like there is a piece of the story missing in some places. It is also difficult to tell if a character is going to be important to you or not. Sometimes you are paying great attention to the details of a character just to find out that they have no real relationship to the story or Abdullah and Pari.
Overall the writing is beautiful and captivating. The poetic prose is emotional and heartfelt by Hosseini. This book is an epic tale of the love of family, parents, children and siblings. You get to explore these relationships from a different point of view than we are used to seeing. We are in Afghanistan and America throughout this book. We are in the desert and in home, but no matter what, the author is truly placing us in the hearts of the characters so we can see and feel what they feel.