And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

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36 Critic Reviews

I read And the Mountains Echoed in a single sitting – it is an absorbing read from a master story teller. But I wonder how long it will stay with me.
-Financial Times

Synopsis

An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else.

Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.
 

About Khaled Hosseini

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Khaled Hosseini was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan, the son of a diplomat whose family received political asylum in the United States in 1980. He now lives in Northern California, and is a physician. The Kite Runner is his first novel.
 
Published June 3, 2014 by Large Print Press. 598 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani on May 20 2013

...a deeply affecting choral work is a testament both to his intimate knowledge of their inner lives, and to his power as an old-fashioned storyteller.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Alexander Linklater on May 25 2013

Perhaps there is some hokey emotional chemistry at work here, but, in the process, Hosseini is communicating to millions of people a supple, conflicted and complex picture of his origin country, Afghanistan.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Philip Hensher on May 23 2013

This is a shamelessly enjoyable book. Its ironies and tragic reversals will surely be made into a big movie...and it's definitely a step up from Dan Brown...

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Alexander Linklater on May 25 2013

...Hosseini is communicating to millions of people a supple, conflicted and complex picture of his origin country, Afghanistan.

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Philip Hensher on May 23 2013

...it serves its purpose in providing amusement for two and a half hours; a day after finishing it, I had forgotten everything about it.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Mar 18 2013

The beautiful writing, full of universal truths of loss and identity, makes each section a jewel, even if the bigger picture...sometimes feels disjointed.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Maria Russo on May 23 2013

...it's the plight of Abdullah and Pari, living apart yet tied together permanently by the tender, brotherly care he took of her as a child, that holds the novel together.

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Kirkus

Below average
on Mar 03 2013

The stories spill from Hosseini’s bountiful imagination, but they compete against each other, denying the novel a catalyst; the result is a bloated, unwieldy work.

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Financial Times

Good
Reviewed by Suzy Hansen on Jun 07 2013

I read And the Mountains Echoed in a single sitting – it is an absorbing read from a master story teller. But I wonder how long it will stay with me.

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Star Tribune

Above average
Reviewed by Bob Hoover on May 18 2013

Hosseini possesses a fertile imagination that’s allowed to roam at will, but it frequently lands well beyond the boundary of his primary story.

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LA Times

Good
Reviewed by Wendy Smith on May 27 2013

"And the Mountains Echoed" is painfully sad but also radiant with love: the enduring bond of a brother and sister; the irritable but bedrock connection of cousins; the quiet intimacy of master and servant who become friends...

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Toronto Star

Good
Reviewed by Kim Hughes on May 16 2013

...Hosseini is generous with his descriptive flair, giving each of his characters, even the least consequential ones, heft that makes them feel three-dimensional.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Stephan Lee on May 15 2013

...And the Mountains Echoed covers more ground, both geographically and emotionally, than his previous works. It's not until Hosseini makes the novel small again, for the poignant conclusion, that you fully appreciate what he's accomplished.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Marcela Valdes on May 20 2013

It’s hard to do justice to a novel this rich in a short review...I’ll just add this: Send Hosseini up the bestseller list again.

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The Independent

Excellent
Reviewed by Rachel Hore on May 18 2013

In mining such truths about human experience, Hosseini digs deep and brings up diamonds.

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The Telegraph

Above average
Reviewed by Helen Brown on May 23 2013

Even if some characters have less emotional resonance than others...when the echoes of the original story return in the closing section Hosseini pulls off his usual – impressive – trick of breaking your heart and leaving you smiling.

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Christian Science Monitor

Good
Reviewed by Yvonne Zipp on May 23 2013

...once Hosseini reunites brother and sister, the novel comes to a skilfully handled resolution whose echoes will resonate with readers long after the tale is finished.

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Booklist Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Donna Seaman on Jun 01 2013

...Hosseini traces the traumas and scarring of tyranny, war, crime, lies, and illness in the intricately interconnected, heartbreaking, and extraordinary lives of his vibrantly realized characters to create a grand and encompassing tree of life.

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Kevin Nance on May 21 2013

This is an exquisite novel, a must-read for anyone with an interest in what it means to be alive, anywhere and everywhere.

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Huffington Post

Good
on May 20 2013

Hosseini's work manages to be admired by fans of literary novels and popular fiction alike...

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The Boston Globe

Good
Reviewed by Eric Liebetrau on May 20 2013

The author adeptly bookends the narrative with the central plot line involving Pari and Abdullah.

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Express

Above average
Reviewed by Ion Trewin on May 26 2013

In a world of Afghanis, how odd it sounds to have autumn described as fall, hospital trolleys as gurneys and biscuits as cookies.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Excellent
Reviewed by Donna Rifkind on May 21 2013

...Hosseini, a popular-fiction writer of the highest caliber whose talent is as agile and wide-ranging as his new novel itself.

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The Columbus Dispatch

Good
Reviewed by Margaret Quamme on May 26 2013

For the most part...the novel is satisfying both on the level of a puzzle gradually solved and an exploration of the ripples set in motion by one choice.

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The Daily Beast

Excellent
Reviewed by Rafia Zakari on May 28 2013

...And the Mountains Echoed is not just a well spun tale, but an accomplishment of the most elusive of literary challenges—the humanization of a war ravaged population...

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Zimbio

Excellent
Reviewed by jennifersnapshot on May 16 2013

It’s about the characters and the beautiful writing. It’s also the kind of story that I enjoyed not knowing anything at all about it, just letting it unfold as I read it.

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Chron.com

Below average
Reviewed by Ronnie Crocker on May 19 2013

...there is the structure that is often predictable and inhibits genuine surprise. Not that these issues will keep people from...having a nice cathartic cry at the end. Had I felt any of the novel’s...emotional tug, I would have done so myself.

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Journal Sentinel

Good
Reviewed by Nahal Toosi on May 24 2013

Hosseini's latest book is not an easy read, but it is a quick one because you won't be able to put it down. To those readers who manage to get through it without shedding a tear, well, I tip my hat.

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Library Journal

Above average
on Nov 04 2012

Hosseini’s work here is multigenerational, focusing on brothers and sisters, thus broadening his scope.

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Book Buzz

Excellent
Reviewed by Sarah Chain on May 23 2013

...Hosseini has likely sealed his place on the best-seller list, as well as the short list of best contemporary authors.

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Austin Chronicle

Excellent
Reviewed by JESSI CAPE on May 17 2013

The heartbreaks are not intended for shock value, but they do linger. And the Mountains Echoed resonates to the core.

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Good E-Reader

Good
Reviewed by Mercy Pilkington on May 27 2013

Within a few paragraphs of each new chapter, most of which are being narrated by a new voice, the reader not only understands who is speaking but also how he plays a role in the story, without needing to have it spelled out.

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IBN Live

Good
Reviewed by Vivek Tejuja on May 30 2013

...you will as a reader probably cry buckets during the course of the book.

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IBN Live

Good

The alignment was perfect and illuminated on every single page. The story is probably not that intense but the way it is narrated and the characters that come to life certainly make it a lot more intense and interesting.

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Red Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Elena Andreou on May 15 2013

It’s the kind of book that warrants a re-read as you’ll definitely unlock hidden meanings and appreciate the personal anecdotes the second time around.

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National Post arts

Below average
Reviewed by Philip Marchand on May 17 2013

Some intensity of conflict is lacking in the stories, some intensity of desire that lends an almost heroic dimension to a character. Perhaps there is too much reflection on identity, too little raw recapturing of the strains and cultural violence engendered by life in our new global village.

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