Khaled Hosseini’s ‘And The Mountains Echoed’

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Khaled Hosseini

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On January 11, 2014
Last modified:January 14, 2014


Khaled Hosseini's third book, ' And the Mountains Echoed' is a multi-layered story spanning between the years 1952 and 2010. The book deals with the theme of sibling relationship. Abdullah is desolate when his father sells his sister Pari, to find a way out of poverty. The story follows the journey of Abdullah, Pari and the people who shape their separate lives.

‘And The Mountains Echoed’ is a 2013 novel by Khaled Hosseini. The novel takes off in the year 1952. Abdullah loves his younger sister, Pari and would do anything to make her happy. To find a way out of poverty, their father is forced to sell Pari to a rich couple in Kabul, on the insistence of his brother-in-law Nabi, who works as a chauffeur for the couple. Abdullah is heart-broken and never completely recovers from the loss of his sister. Pari’s foster mother takes her to France, following her husband’s accident, which leaves him paralysed. The novel is about the separate journeys the siblings undertake in life and how Pari reconnects with her lost brother.

There are several sub-plots and layers to this story. The recurrent theme of this book is the sibling relationship and this relationship is explored through the sibling pairs Abdullah-Pari, Idris-Timur, Parwana-Masooma-Nabi and in a way, Thalia and Dr. Markos.

Khaled Hosseini is certainly a gifted writer and his previous works ‘ The Kite Runner’ and ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ are both best-sellers and have garnered public and critical acclaim. The author’s stories are about Afghanistan and its people. According to a review by the Times, “… (Khaled Hosseini is) not afraid to pull every string in your heart to make it sing.” His stories are extremely genuine and have a certain rawness about them that affects the reader.

In ‘And The Mountains Echoed’, Hosseini has succeeded in his pre-mentioned goal of making his characters more complex. The characters are well-fleshed out and the story is engrossing but the emotional pull that we experienced in Hosseini’s earlier works is conspicuous by its absence. By the end of the first chapter itself, you start yearning for the moment when the siblings find each other. That is how much Hosseini draws you in. The narrative sags a bit in the middle and we lose a bit of interest by this point. The narrative is from the perspective of different characters in each of the chapters and though this helps in moving the story forward, one feels that sometimes it just an unwelcome distraction from the main plot. The author has experimented by providing a global setting and he succeeds partially.
BOTTOMLINE: Though this book is certainly not in the league of Hosseini’s previous works, it is still totally worth the read. And that tells you about the high standards this author has set for himself.


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