And the Mountains Echoed
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An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else.
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.
This novel opens with a parable told by a father to his son, about another father who is forced to give up his young son to a monster. When the father later confronts the div and discovers that his son has been well taken care of and is leading a happy life, the div asks the father to make a choice: take his son home or leave him to his happy life. Realizing that to take his son would fill the void in his own heart but ruin his son's life, he leaves the son. Recognizing the father's selflessness, the div rewards him by erasing the memory of his son. Despite this "gift," the father is left his a hole in his soul that is never filled.
This opening parable is reflected in the rest of the interconnected stories in this novel where most of the characters are presented with a similar choice. The common thread appears to be is the effect of breaking a bond between two family members or close friends.
The author writes that every broken bond leaves a hole in the lives of the characters that they attempt to fill one way or the other. As one mother explains, she needs her daughter to "fill these holes inside me." Some succeed in filling these voids, while others are left with gaping holes that will never be filled.
I chose my rating on the positive side because of the writing talent of the author. On the negative I sometimes had difficulty with the backwards/forwards flashbacks of the lives and time frame of the characters, which often appeared difficult to connect. Hosseini would change stories and not give the reader a reference to hook into until well into the new story line. There were so many characters that it often was difficult to keep up with. I believe this in part was due to the fact that the names were foreign to me. The stories and lives of the characters were connected in some way, even though they often did not realize it. Also on the other negatives are two. First, I am tired of every book now having to use cursing and second, have to have a homosexual character. These took away from the writing and the reason I did not give the book a 9 or a 10.
11/12/14 Moving this off Mt. TBR for NancyNova in the Wishlist/tag Game.
12/26/14. I agree with booklady331's review of this book. There is not much to add as she summed it up very well. I will be mailing this off next week to NancyNova as part of the wishlist tag game!
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