Sunday, 27 October 2013

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

If you liked ‘The Kite Runner’ and ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’, then this latest novel from Khaled Hosseini will have you wishing it were morning commute time so you can catch more reading time.

A more modern edge to his previous writing style, this story spans over generations and features an array of characters from different countries. Poverty, families torn apart and the after-effects of war are the main themes in this novel. Each of the characters is affected by the war, whether it is directly or second-hand. They are a rich tapestry of people who are affected in life by their experiences, both good and bad. It is not only this, but how those experiences affect those around them that gives this novel that stimulating extra. The way that their interlinking tales is written about is skilful. Hosseini shows us how it is much like the way life is.

Although challenging to get your head around all the characters, it is worth reading slowly to see how they are all linked together. The narrative changes often which can leave you wondering if you are reading the same book at times. Some characters narrate in the first person, while others through letters or interviews, thus providing a real variety of reading styles to enjoy. The evocative writing is guaranteed to transport you and your heart will be wishing and hoping for their dreams.

Thought-provoking and captivating; an incomparable read. You will find yourself remembering fragments of it days after.

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