And the Mountains Echoed- the latest book by Khaled Hosseini

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled HosseiniI suspect the truth is that we are waiting, all of us, against insurmountable odds, for something extraordinary to happen to us.

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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