Book Review: And The Mountain Echoed

And the Mountain Echoed
And the Mountain Echoed

In the book, And the Mountain Echoed, author Khaled Hosseini chooses a very interesting kind of narration style where the characters take their turns to narrate the story. Some character narrates in first person, some through letters and some in the third person.

The book is based in the 1940s in Afghanistan where the hardship of life in Afgaani village forces a father to let go his 4 year old daughter, Pari, with the wealthy couple in Kabul. The separation aches the family, specially to the Pari’s elder brother. Between the 1940s and 2000s, the state of Afghanistan goes through various changes, with Socialism, Russian Invasion, Taliban, Northern Alliance and later with America’s War on Terrorism .

Quote from the book: “sometimes to save the hand, we have to cut a finger”

The war and the trouble of Afghanistan mainly stays in the background and the characters takes the main stage. There is typical family from the Village, a sophisticated gentlemen from Kabul, his half Parisian wife, relief workers in the post war Afghanistan, the Afghani migrants in USA and the opportunist Jehadis.  The story moves around the core characters moving to Paris, Greek Islands to San Francisco.

Khaled Hosseini was born in Afghanistan. He moved to States as a teenager
Khaled Hosseini was born in Afghanistan. He moved to States as a teenager

The book introspects that how one decision can effect many lives, related directly or indirectly. There were moments when I just stopped reading and started to think in the hats of the characters. This book will take Hosseini to the A-Lister authors of the modern times, if he is already not there.

I gave “And the Mountain Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini 5 out of 5 stars in the I recommend you this book if you enjoy the variety of life-wagon with mild tragedies and hopefulness. I first came through this book from Erin’s review of the book, so I dedicate this post to her.

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! : )


    1. Yes, i did. Thank you


  2. indrani says:

    5 on 5?!! I am going to pick it up.
    Thanks for the review.


    1. Hello Indrani. Definitely pick this one up. You will not regret. Happy reading


  3. Najm Nisa says:

    The book seems to reflect a lot of sorrow and hope , and 5 on 5 whoa ! But not a surprise because its a Khaled Hosseini book ! Surely this going to be my next read !


    1. Yes, you will love the book


  4. Nish says:

    I just finished this book last week and agree with your points. I gave it a 8/10

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I like Khaled Hosseini style and I am little too generous when it comes to rating of his books. I think 8/10 is an accurate rating


  5. kokilagupta says:

    5/5 … on goodreads its fine as there it means ‘I absolutely loved it’ 🙂 but then if you absolutely loved it , it must be a good read … One more absolutely must read from you 🙂


    1. Kolila, its a beautiful book. One of those kinds that stay with you for very long time. Give it your time and you will never regret 🙂

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      1. kokilagupta says:

        I am slow unlike my fellow bloggers and my system is always ailing with one thing or other so am not as frequent…. but I do check your posts Avinash and I know it for sure that a book recommended by you .. I am not gonna regret 🙂 Thanks again reader buddy 🙂

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      2. Kokila, i feel really blessed with your comment. Thank you and its always nice to know your views on post.

        Stay blessed 🙂


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