And The Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini, is one of those books that has a difficult plot to describe. If asked what this book was about, I guess I’d just have to say that it was about people. It was about people and their respective lives and cultures, problems and triumphs, loves and losses. It’s a story about connection and the collective human experience.
Khaled Hosseini is a splendid writer, but I knew that already from reading The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. However, I would say that And The Mountains Echoed stands apart from the first two. It follows a larger cast of characters than The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, takes place in a variety of countries around the world, and as my aunt put it, “It’s less depressing than his other two!”
Although I can’t entirely tell you what this book is about, I can tell you that it is a beautiful story with a satisfying ending that ties everything together and that it will leave you with that contented feeling that only a good book can provide!
Hosseini, Khaled. And The Mountains Echoed. New York: Riverhead, 2013.
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