And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini | Book Review


Hi everyone. I’m Rincey and this is Rincey
Reads. Today I’m going to be doing a book review on AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED by Khaled
Hosseini. This is the third book that I’ve read by him. He’s probably most well known
for writing the KITE RUNNER and he also wrote A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS. I completely loved
both of those books so I knew I was going to have to read this book. And I really enjoyed
this book as well. The story starts off in 1950s Afghanistan and you’re following this
young boy named Abdullah and his younger sister Pari. They are extremely close, they are basically
best friends. And something happens to them where their family is forced to separate them.
And then throughout this entire book you are just following them as well as characters
adjacent to them throughout time, up to modern day. I think the latest chapter is in 2010.
And just seeing both how their lives have evolved as well as the lives of the people
adjacent to them as well as how life in Afghanistan has evolved. This was a super interesting
book. I went into this mostly blind. I just picked this up because I knew I would love
it. Or I loved his other books so I had a strong feeling I was going to like this one.
And I knew nothing about the story going into it, which I think made it that much more interesting
for me. This is so different from Khaled Hosseini’s other books so don’t go into this expecting
THE KITE RUNNER, don’t go into this expecting A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS because it’s not
that. It’s something completely different. The story jumps around in time as well as
changes perspectives in every chapter, which normally is something I don’t like but I actually
really liked it in this book. Partially because when you are changing perspectives you’re
not necessarily losing the main storyline thread. You are just getting different pieces
of the puzzle given to you. And then when you finish the book you end up having like
the full puzzle in front of you, which is really well done in this book. It’s something
that gets a little bit messy in the middle, but I feel like by the end of the book it
totally pays off. At the beginning of every chapter you’re given a season and a year and
you’re not given anything else, which can be a little bit unnerving because you don’t
know what country you’re going to be in, you don’t know which characters you’re going to
be following. And a lot of times the character that you’re following isn’t necessarily like
a new character, but you don’t always know their relation to the other characters until
a little bit into the chapter. So again, this felt a lot like putting together a puzzle.
Like sometimes when you’re working on those giant 1,000-piece puzzles, you like start
on the puzzle and you get working on it and then you stop because you don’t really know
where to go from there. So you end up working on like a different part of the puzzle. And
then at the end you kind of like put all of the different pieces or the different parts
that you’ve made together to make the complete picture. That’s what reading this book felt
like to me. But this book is just really beautiful. The writing in here is great. There’s so many
great quotes in here. I put so many quotes on my Tumblr. If you follow me on Tumblr,
you probably saw. There were a good 5 to 10 quotes that I put on my Tumblr over the course
of reading this this past week. But I think Khaled Hosseini’s greatest strength is just
showing the complexity of the experience of growing up in Afghanistan. Especially looking
at it from an outsider’s point of view and seeing the situation and then looking at it
from an insider’s point of view and seeing a completely different situation. I just really,
really enjoyed this book. I feel like, again, it’s really hard to compare his books because
they’re all just so different. They all deal with Afghani people but they cover very different
things about the Afghani experience and growing up as an Afghani person in Afghanistan as
well as outside of Afghanistan. So I feel like you can’t really compare these books
and I feel like the best thing that you can do when reading his books is just read them
as their own individual work and don’t compare them to each other. Don’t expect the same
experience out of all of them and just take what each book is giving you and enjoy it
for what it is and what it has to offer you, as opposed to just expecting another KITE
RUNNER. So in the end I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I totally recommend it, especially
if you’ve read his other books. I feel like you’re going to like this book, again, as
long as you aren’t trying to have it be another KITE RUNNER. But I think that even if you
haven’t read his books yet, this is a perfectly good place to start off. I don’t think there
is a bad place to start off with his books. Just pick one up and read it and enjoy it.
They’re all heartbreaking for different reasons, they’re all devastating for different reasons,
but I feel like this one had a little bit more hope to it and happiness to it than I
saw in his other two books. So yeah, those are my quick thoughts on AND THE MOUNTAINS
ECHOED by Khaled Hosseini. If you’ve read this book, feel free to leave a comment down
below letting me know what you guys thought of it. Or if you’ve read his other books and
you have a question about this book, feel free to leave that down in the comment section
as well. So yeah, that’s all I have for now and thanks for watching.

20 thoughts on “And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini | Book Review

  1. I recently picked up a copy of The Kite Runner(got it at a church rummage sale,actually) and will probably save it for my fall reading as I have a huge amount of summer time books to go through. Glad to hear such great things about his work and love the puzzle analogy! I do crosswords in a similar way:)

  2. What a great puzzle analogy! I've never read one of his books but have been seeing this author around so i think I'll check him out! Thanks for sharing

  3. I need to get to this one. I enjoyed both of his other books a lot. I think I was excited when it first came out and then I forgot about it as time went on and I was waiting for it to be more available at the library.

  4. i read his other two books this year and am eager to get to this one. I thought The Kite Runner was phenomenal, and it's really stuck with me. Suns didn't impress me as much. but the structure of this one sounds like something that's right up my alley. i've heard some say this was their favorite of his and others that they didn't like it at all, so i'm intrigued to get to it. the way you describe it as a puzzle makes me even more excited for it! great review!

  5. This book is still sitting in my shelf, because I was a little hesitant because a lot of ppl said that it's not like kite runner or a thousand splendid suns, but after hearing your review, I believe I should give a try. Good non spoiler review!

  6. "Putting together a puzzle" is basically the magic phrase that will make me pick up any book, so I'm definitely going to look around for this one. It sounds awesome. And I've never read anything set un Afganistan either, so it will be interesting. Thanks for the rec!

  7. The sound of this one is very intriguing. I like the idea of putting a puzzle together. I know I will love the writing as I think he really is a brilliant writer. It is amazing to think that he was a doctor first, before he became a writer. I am really glad he is now able to be a full time creative.

  8. Everyone who enjoys reading should pick up a Khaled Hosseini book. He is a brilliant and smart writer. One of the best writer of our time. Kite Runner is a must read

  9. I loved Abdulla and Pari's storyline and did like this book but the multiple storylines bothered me a bit because it was a bit complicated. 

    I love the way you talk about books, it's so fascinating. 😀

  10. Khaled Hosseini books were ones that led me to read non-fiction books about Afghanistan. I look forward to reading And the Mountains Echoed too.

  11. I read The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns.  I too thought the Kite Runner phenomenal.  I could not put it down.  I look forward to reading And the Mountains Echoed.

  12. rincey I can't get over the fact that you pronounce 'khaled hosseini' like a white person LOL you're asian you should be able to pronounce his name correctly!

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