And the Mountains Echoed, and believe me that they did echo. That’s the kind of impact it leaves. The echo keeps resonating inside your membranes.
The little brother-sister and the bond they share at that young age is not just touching but arrestive. As you read, the strength of emotions keeps increasing and every word comes with a feeling. Moving further on, you become a part of the book. You can relate to the characters so well and everything seems to be happening next door. You keep feeling more and taking deeper dives on each page. An epic, in true sense which cannot be washed away easily.
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing India Private Limited
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We were toward the end of the day and done with picking up the books from the World Book Fair. It was me and my brother and we stepped into another stall, probably the last one that we went to. And we saw this combo of books of Khaled Hosseini. And we pondered should we buy it or should we not. Finally, we decided on it. My brother took ‘Kite runner’ another cousin of mine took – ‘A thousand splendid Suns’ and I took ‘And the Mountains Echoed’. And that’s how the journey to the pages that echoed started.
The plot is set in remote villages of Afghanistan, covering Kabul and moving on to Europe – indeed covers a wide geographic area, wider cultures and the widest of relationships. The story makes a swift move from one plot to another, from one person to another. And in detail covers everyone who touched the lives of the main character. The detailing is marvelous and quite intricate.
“I suspect the truth is that we are waiting, all of us, against insurmountable odds, for something extraordinary to happen to us.”
It starts with a relationship of brother-sister – Abdullah and Pari so deeply dipped in love and the kind of dependency that they share with each other. The way they part and the tragic way in which they meet at the end.I really appreciate the effortless movement from one character to another in the story and covering every little aspect of the character in deepest depth. The detailing of events, situations, people brings everything live in front of you. There are too many characters in the story who probably were not so closely knit to Pari but they gave an idea of the political, social and economic situation prevailing in Afghanistan and the way people thought of it. And the tragic happenings, sorrows, sacrificial instances of the book tell that life doesn’t go the way we want it to. Unexpected and never thought of things are part of life.
The book is over 300 pages and takes a while to read. An avid reader would prefer the book most or someone who has read Khaled Hosseini before would not want to leave this one. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.
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