And The Mountains Echoed
I was very excited when our Book Buyer offered to lend me an advance copy of Khaled Hosseini’s new book, And The Mountains Echoed. I’d read The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns and was already a fan of Hosseini’s work. This book tells a little bit more of the story of Afghanistan through several different characters who are all connected in some way. Each of them is affected by the conflict that has plagued their country and struggles to reconcile the consequences. Families are split, people and possessions are lost and children grow up not knowing where they came from. At times I felt dread as I could see the way that a situation was going to play out, however this was definitely balanced with moments of hope. The characters are generally very likeable and relatable so it’s natural to want things to work out for them. In some cases it does and in some cases it doesn’t.
I didn’t find this book to be as confronting as the other two – perhaps the details aren’t quite as brutal. Having said that, if you take a moment to consider yourself as one of these characters the reality of what many Afghani’s have been through really hits home. As much as it can be uncomfortable reading about people suffering I think it’s helpful to think of Afghanistan as more than a war torn and dangerous place. I can highly recommend this book.
And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini is released next week.