So, then. You want a story and I will tell you one…Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and stepmother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters. To Abdullah, Pari – as beautiful and sweet-natured as the fairy for which she was named – is everything. More like a parent than a brother, Abdullah will do anything for her, even trading his only pair of shoes for a feather for her treasured collection. Each night they sleep together in their cot, their heads touching, their limbs tangled. One day the siblings journey across the desert to Kabul with their father. Pari and Abdullah have no sense of the fate that awaits them there, for the event which unfolds will tear their lives apart; sometimes a finger must be cut to save the hand. Crossing generations and continents, moving from Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, to the Greek island of Tinos, with profound wisdom, depth, insight and compassion, Khaled Hosseini writes about the bonds that define us and shape our lives, the ways in which we help our loved ones in need, how the choices we make resonate through history and how we are often surprised by the people closest to us.
I don’t think there is a book that Khaled Hosseini could write that I wouldn’t love. I adore his writing and the way he builds a story around his characters. When I read anything that he’s written I feel like I’m leaving my life and entering a completely new culture. And The Mountains Echoed is no exception, I loved everything about this book, and I think it had a little bit of everything.
The best bit about this book was that in essence, it was a story about the separation of brother and sister, but there was so much more to it than that. There was so much to learn about each of the characters and their individual stories. Khaled Hosseini’s books are always based on the background and the future of the different characters and I think that’s why I love them so much, because he does it so well.
And The Mountains Echoed is heartbreaking because of how everything ends up it really reminds you how unfair life can really be. I could feel my eyes watering when I realised how it was going to end, I just couldn’t believe that it could end like that, but that’s life for you.
The one lesson you have to take from And The Mountains Echoed is that the smallest of decisions can make the biggest waves when it comes to everything else. You watch two people forced on different paths that only came about because of one thing that happened in their childhood. I just think the intricacy of the storylines were beautifully done.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone! I would also urge everyone to go out and buy Hosseini’s books as soon as possible. They are truly some of my favourites! I always adore the characters and the culture is so rich and beautiful!
Now I have finished my rambling, have you read any of Hosseini’s books? Are you of the same opinion as me? Let me know!