Monday, June 24, 2013

Book Review: And the Mountains Echoed



  And the Mountains Echoed

  Khaled Hosseini





Like Khaled Hosseini's previous books, The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, And the Mountains Echoed is both brutal and beautiful.  The book opens in a small Afghani village in 1952 with a man telling his son and young daughter a story that foretells their situation.  The story takes place over almost sixty years, with settings in Afghanistan, France, the United States, and Greece.

The characters are very human, in other words, they're complex and flawed.  And the Mountains Echoed is thought provoking.  After reading this book, I asked myself questions like "If someone is motivated by love, does it make their horrible deed less horrible?" and "Which person is worst, the one who has good intentions, but ends up hurting others through inaction or the one is up front about his flaws but pulls through in the end?"

And the Mountains Echoed is a must-read!

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