Like both of Khaled Hosseini’s previous novels, this one too, is a tale of infinite hope. The story begins in an Afghan village in 1952, where a father is telling his children, Abdullah and Pari, the story of a man whose son is taken away by a div (a monster); the same father then goes to Kabul, and sells his four year old daughter, Pari, to a wealthy, childless couple.
Yet again, Hosseini brings to life a montage of characters with heart breaking stories. The novel traces the lives of the two separated children, from Kabul, to Paris and San Francisco. And along the way, narrates a myriad other tales resting firmly on the bedrock of human emotion, fragility, and resilience of spirit- widely acknowledged as Hosseini’s forte. Each of the novel’s characters burst forth from the book in rich, compelling detail- something that can only be born of a genuine understanding of each of them on the author’s part. Only the character of Markos- the Greek doctor, who moves to Afghanistan to treat wounded children, is a little lacking in depth.
The novel’s essence is a typically Hosseini-esque traversal of human mindscapes, past and present; and despite adopting a much more complex narrative in this, his third novel, Hosseini delivers a book his fans will love, yet again.
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