And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Synopsis: Hosseini delivers a story that isn’t confined by the walls of its plot. True to form, he tells the story of a group of people linked in some way to Kabul. A storyline forms as the characters reveal their connections with each other, but it is overshadowed by the characters and relationships that develop over the course of the novel.
Thoughts: I swear, Khaled Hosseini could write a biography about Barney (yes the purple dinosaur) and I would probably eat that ish up. He is seriously one of the most gifted writers I have come across. You can tell each sentence is crafted meticulously and they all come together in a beautiful and somewhat heart-wrenching cadence. In this case, the story didn’t quite match up to The Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Sons (seriously – how could he beat that book??), but it really didn’t matter. I just adored this book.
The synopsis lets us know that the plot is extremely broad in scope…and even that may be an understatement. Each chapter is narrated by a different character and serves as a kind of short story about that person. It took me a while to remember all the characters, and even longer to get all of their stories straight. So I didn’t really understand the flow and character connections until the second half of the book.
Almost all the characters have moments as the protagonist of their story as well as the antagonist of another’s story, so you are able to see the full scope of each person (the good, the bad, and often times the ugly). And the absolute cherry on top – as the story comes together, your perception of each character shifts to bring you somewhere closer to the truth. Pure magic!
Overall Grade: A
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