Khaled Hosseini published his third book nine years ago today. In celebration of its publishing anniversary, we’re going to take a deep dive into And the Mountains Echoed.
The book spans nine chapters, each of which is narrated from a different point of view while also exploring many different formats of the written language. We’re entranced as the fable Saboor recounts his son and daughter, Abdullah and Pari. We meet several different characters along the way, all of which earn a chapter told from their perspective.
Readers are able to hone in on the lesson that Hosseini is trying to get us to understand through the relationship between Abdullah and Pari. And the Mountains Echoed has been called many things, but the one that pops up most frequently is “ode to siblinghood.”
Many readers feel that this book pales in comparison to Hosseini’s two other novels, The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, attributing the fall to the multiple POV and nonlinear storytelling. Whatever the case, you can’t deny the realness of And the Mountains Echoed.
The story portrays a real family dealing with the repercussions of their parent’s decisions. Like it or not, this is what happens a lot of the time. And the Mountains Echoed covers generations and continents with its story. Hosseini says, “…the story between Abdullah and his little sister and their separation early in life and the question hanging forever over the pages… of whether they’ll be reunited or not and if so, how, and how will that reunion go?”
Whether you expected this to be the same as Hosseini’s other two novels or not, you can’t deny the wordsmith that Khaled Hosseini has proved himself to be.
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