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And the Mountains Echoed

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

75 out of 84 people found this review helpful.

Khaled Hosseini's writing is masterfully meticulous, poetic and

Khaled Hosseini's writing is masterfully meticulous, poetic and enchanting.
He gives his characters depth and beauty in a way that few authors are able.
The first half of this particular novel is brilliant, rich in detail and word; It reads like poetry.
In the second...
Khaled Hosseini's writing is masterfully meticulous, poetic and enchanting.
He gives his characters depth and beauty in a way that few authors are able.
The first half of this particular novel is brilliant, rich in detail and word; It reads like poetry.
In the second half of the novel, Hosseini's intentions became too obvious, which was frustrating for me because in his other novels, he was able to subtly weave in what he wanted the reader to take from his novel. That said, and before I continue, I must say that despite this, the book is still powerful and still worthy of acclaim. This book touches upon the diaspora of Afghan citizens; there is no distinct main character - instead, each story is an account which represents the lives, hurdles and world perceptions of people who have fled Afghanistan, remained in Afghanistan, returned to Afghanistan, even touching upon Narco-terrorism and Taliban restrictions and ramifications. I found that several characters were essential only to the story in that they filled a slot where Hosseini intended to teach his reader. This is commendable for a writer and a novel however, the stories grew less heartening as the book went on. While a good writer knows that a happy ending can ruin a book, and I was pleased Hosseini did not travel this route, I was dissatisfied. I understand that that could have been Hosseini's intention as the plight of Afghanistan is heartrendingly dissatisfying. I still feel that Hosseini could have done better justice in the end of the book. His final narrator, Pari, was not as endearing or as instrumental to the story than others in it were. I was disappointed that she was gifted with closing such a massive, generational story. The frequent, interminable shifting of characters (none returned to) grew tiresome. Hosseini is gifted at drawing his readers in, so the changes did not ruin the story, but certainly took from my captivation. Nit-picking aside, I would recommend this novel with high praise for its poetic nature and educational undertones. Hosseini's writing is incomparable and I only give it such a tedious review because I know how capable he is. I will forever be a fan, buying and cherishing anything he publishes.    

posted by Bookwoorm on May 23, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

17 out of 58 people found this review helpful.

This book seems okay

I can see why some people would like this book, but it really wasn't for me. I don't really like emotional books, so this one wasn't so great. It just reminded me of one of the books my fourth grade teacher would like. I also read another book, years ago, that was simil...
I can see why some people would like this book, but it really wasn't for me. I don't really like emotional books, so this one wasn't so great. It just reminded me of one of the books my fourth grade teacher would like. I also read another book, years ago, that was similar to this one. It was also kind of half poem, and had a complicated message that has to do with emotions. It was called The Underneath. Anyway, I would not reread this book, because, like I said, it is too emotional.

posted by 16970216 on May 26, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    This was a fantastic book. I admit, aside from professional jour

    This was a fantastic book. I admit, aside from professional journals and religious books, I have only read his three books in the past ten years. It is the bitter sweetness of life, and I did not put the book down. MashAllah, I am impressed by the foundation, mashAllah. I love too see so much of myself and my relatives, many of them now dead, in his characters. Numakhudah, nazaar nashee.. everyone misses their home, and I miss Freemont-a lot!
    Marie, Colorado.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    IT's good

    IT's good

    1 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    Great

    Great

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2014

    Jumps Around Too Much

    I have thoroughly enjoyed the author's previous 2 books, but this one hasn't held my interest. Being a voracious reader for 45 years, this is the only book that has taken me over a month to read! I can't find anything written that holds my interest, but I plug along trying to understand what others have found so interesting.

    The book skips around from past to present, and from one character to the next within the same chapter. Quite often I don't know if it's present, past, or even which character he's writing about until several sentences later. This frustrates me.

    I'm not a fan of this novel, but I loved the other 2, and I will read his next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2014

    Disappointing

    A real disappointment. Unlike his earlier works, this book just didn't flow. incomplete story lines and poor character development just didn't work. Pass.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2014

    Moonshine

    Huh?? Wheres Jayfeathers announcement?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2014

    To Below

    I was there once. I remember HoverPelt and EaglePaw. I helped Hover's mate give birth. I don't remember her name, sadly.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2014

    Highly recommended

    Great character development

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2014

    ok

    I just could not get into this book. I may go back to it but not now to many other better books to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    Anonymous

    Another great book by Khalid Hosseini. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Posted July 29, 2014

    Enjoyed this book very much.... took a bit to get the names and

    Enjoyed this book very much.... took a bit to get the names and stories to criss cross but by the end of the book they all come together. It was a real life portrait of how things criss cross sometimes without always having the happiest of endings. It doesnt tie up neat and tidy with a bow... but gives a real picture of how things can roll out and how lives can have ripple effects on other lives.... A good read..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    Hosseini is one of my all time favorite authors. I read his firs

    Hosseini is one of my all time favorite authors. I read his first two books (The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Skies) and LOVED them both. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book.  Unfortunately, it turned out to be my least favorite of the three.  The first half of the book drew me in and got me hooked but the second half not so much.  He frequently introduced new characters in different time periods.  It became a bit difficult too follow and story lost its intensity.  I kept wanting the story to go back to Abdullah and Pari but Hosseini just continued to lose me as I read further into the story. Each chapter was like a different short story.  To summarize, I sobbed in the first two novels but didn't shed a tear in this book. Disappointed. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Great

    I'm an avid reader, but person of few words. Loved this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    Vance

    Yeahuh

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    Droppaw to Lilystar

    Res 1 instead. The reses got switched up since I posted them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Seth to kenny

    Im guessing you think jordans me.

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  • Posted July 1, 2014

    Loved this book!

    Loved this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2014

    Daekstar

    Il ne on tommorow ok bye

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2014

    Echomist

    "Welcome." She said smiling. "Now why did you pick me?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Marvelous!

    This is the first book by Mr. Hosseini that I have read. Now I will have to read his earlier ones. I would probably never have picked it up on my own, but my wife, who had also read The Kite Runner, recommended it, so I gave it a shot. I am very glad that I did.

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