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And the Mountains Echoed

By: Khaled Hosseini

Publisher: Penguin Putnam Trade

Imprint: Riverhead

Format: Hardcover | ISBN: 9781594631764

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On Sale: | Pages: 404

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An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else. Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Timesbestselling 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 globefrom Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinosthe story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.
[Hosseini's] not a bad writer. He doesn't sound like anyone else; he sounds like everyone else. He simply tells you everything, exactly as it happens. He writes a scene, then explains how the people in the scene feel about what happened, then tells you why. Everything is explicit. Each realization is stated frankly, then examined unto exhaustion. Both of these tendencies appear in Hosseini's new book, "And the Mountains Echoed." He's grown more relaxed as a storyteller, though, and this third novel is a breezier read.... It's a good story, and you'll have no doubts about what it would be like to be Khaled Hosseini, California resident, returning to your ruined land, inhabited now by bearded zealots and crass youth in shiny athletic suits. The author shows all of his cards, every hand.
—Portland Oregonian
"And the Mountains Echoed" opens with an actual folk tale, one that resonates through its pages. But this book is more ambitious and complex than his earlier work.... Most characters have a refreshing moral ambiguity lacking in the earlier books.... In interviews, Hosseini has said the book was originally longer, and it still verges on being overcrowded with characters. He tends to overexplain, and could trust his readers more. But these complaints will be beside the point to old fans, as well as the new ones this book is sure to win. Whether Abdullah and Pari will ever find one another again goes unanswered till the end, and Hosseini, master storyteller, does not disappoint.
—Cleveland Plain Dealer
...beautifully written, masterfully crafted... "And the Mountains Echoed" is painfully sad but also radiant with love: the enduring bond of a brother and sister; the irritable but bedrock connection of cousins; the quiet intimacy of master and servant who become friends; the commitment of a doctor and nurse to war's victims. To underscore love's centrality and contingency, Hosseini closes with an image drawn from a dream: a snapshot of bygone happiness all the more precious in retrospect because we know how fragile it is.
—Los Angeles Times
Hosseini weaves a riveting, multilayered narrative told from different points of view but focusing on the complex moral choices his well-developed characters make in their relationships.... The book takes off in different directions, but each character, through Hosseini's storytelling, circles back to the fate of Abdullah and Pari, 58 years later in San Francisco, where Pari finds the answer to the last of her questions about the past. Bravo, Khaled Hosseini. Until we meet again, in Afghanistan.
—Dallas-Ft. Worth Star Telegram
"And the Mountains Echoed" is powerful and haunting. And much like the country it describes, it is not easy to forget.... Hosseini's latest book is not an easy read, but it is a quick one because you won't be able to put it down. To those readers who manage to get through it without shedding a tear, well, I tip my hat.
—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
While the story isn't as cohesive or linear as the previous two, the result is just as magical.... Remorse is an emotion that runs deep throughout AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED, and it's the sacrifices Pari, Nali and every character makes --- and the choices they learn to live with --- that imbue each of their stories with weight and long-lasting significance.... In the end, the urge to take flight, to rage, and to reinvent, while simultaneously hanging on and embracing what life has in store, is what drives AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED and what makes it so poignant to read.
—Bookreporter.com
And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini's third novel, opens with a bedtime story – one that packs a wallop.... While his first novel was enough to make Hosseini a household name, he's improved as a writer with every book since. “And the Mountains Echoed” is the most complex novel of his career – hopscotching from character to character over decades and countries, with an emotional arc powerful enough to carry over the distance. The too-tidy ending and melodramatic plot manipulations of “The Kite Runner,” and, to a lesser degree, “A Thousand Splendid Suns” have been dialed back in this novel-in-stories, while Hosseini hasn't lost his impressive ability to grab a reader by the throat.... Pari and Abdullah are the emotional heart of the novel and, at times, “And the Mountains Echoed” loses energy the further the tale ranges from the siblings. But once Hosseini reunites brother and sister, the novel comes to a skilfully handled resolution whose echoes will resonate with readers long after the tale is finished.
—Christian Science Monitor
Khaled Hosseini's new novel, “And the Mountains Echoed,” may have the most awkward title in his body of work, but it's his most assured and emotionally gripping story yet, more fluent and ambitious than “The Kite Runner” (2003), more narratively complex than “A Thousand Splendid Suns” (2007).... In recounting these tales, Mr. Hosseini shamelessly uses contrivance and cheesy melodrama to press every sentimental button he can.... In the hands of most writers, such narrative manipulations would result in some truly cringe-making moments. That Mr. Hosseini manages (for the most part, at least) not only to avoid this but also to actually succeed in spinning his characters' lives into a deeply affecting choral work is a testament both to his intimate knowledge of their inner lives, and to his power as an old-fashioned storyteller.
—New York Times
I'm not an easy touch when it comes to novels, but Hosseini's new book, “And the Mountains Echoed,” had tears dropping from my eyes by Page 45.... In less skillful hands, this structure might seem more like a compilation of short stories than a novel. But Hosseini carefully divvies up details about the circumstances preceding and following Abdullah and Pari's fateful afternoon, giving the book a satisfying sense of momentum and consequence.... It's hard to do justice to a novel this rich in a short review. There are a dozen things I still want to say — about the rhyming pairs of characters, the echoing situations, the varied takes on honesty, loneliness, beauty and poverty, the transformation of emotions into physical ailments. Instead, I'll just add this: Send Hosseini up the bestseller list again.
—Washington Post
If And the Mountains Echoed has a flaw, it's a familiar one for books of its time-spanning, globe-trotting genre: a surplus of characters, including some introduced fairly late in the proceedings, when the reader just wants to return to the core cast. But in the overall picture, this amounts to little more than a quibble. This is an exquisite novel, a must-read for anyone with an interest in what it means to be alive, anywhere and everywhere.
—USA Today
Hosseini possesses a fertile imagination that's allowed to roam at will, but it frequently lands well beyond the boundary of his primary story. “And the Mountains Echoed” feels more like a short-story collection than a well-ordered novel, and while its author indulges in old-fashioned storytelling, his stories are just versions of ones we've read before.
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
An ensemble piece spanning generations and continents, it is overpopulated and underplotted, yet the story's meticulous and cerebral character studies, drawn in languid, often beautiful prose, reflect the author's ambition.... One of the most powerful and unsettling themes is coming to terms with something you find morally unacceptable.... Hosseini apparently fears that his ruminative approach will tax the reader's patience, so he pumps in personal mini-tragedies, various displays of the debilitating effects of aging, and tearful reunions. Yet most of the novel remains compulsively readable, in large part because he probes his characters' psyches in a nuanced and poetic manner. In this respect, And the Mountains Echoed attains a greater level of complexity than its two predecessors, despite its more meandering trajectory, and signals the ongoing maturation of a gifted storyteller.
—Miami Herald
Such heavy-handedness of the pen is a recurring problem, and every clumsy passage left me wishing that a literary work destined to be this celebrated would be more … literary. Hosseini's prose can be quite good, but is more often pedestrian, overly dependent on pop-cultural references to provide a sense of time and place.... Then there is the structure that is often predictable and inhibits genuine surprise. Not that these issues will keep people from buying and enjoying “Mountains” or having a nice cathartic cry at the end. Had I felt any of the novel's intended emotional tug, I would have done so myself. It has some genuinely fine moments, even for those of us not inclined to recommend it.
—Houston Chronicle
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