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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.
 

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And the Mountains Echoed
Average rating
4.5 / 5
Good read!
May 27th, 2014
Probably my least favorite book by Khaled Hosseini so far due to too many secondary character excessive side stories, but the author still ties it all together at the end. Pleasant and easy read, still very highly recommended!
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And The Mountains Echoed
April 22nd, 2014
I have to say, Khaleed Hosseini is a very talented writer and storyteller. I have come to appreciate the struggles of the Afghan people more because of his books.
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1 review
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
March 25th, 2014
As with all of Khaled Hosseini's books, the language and imagery make the sad, depressing realities a gorgeous work of art...
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And the Mountains Echoed
February 3rd, 2014
Lyrical, melancholy, another beautiful read. I didn't like it as much as A Thousand Splendid Suns, but I haven't liked many books as much so perhaps it's not an apt comparison.
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1 review
January 29th, 2014
A beautifully written and absorbing book. The stories of the families build layer on layer. Khalid Hosseini is a great story teller with humility and insight. His books give us a refreshing alternative view on life in Afghanistan and remind us that we are all the same in our hopes and dreams. Our lives are shaped by the same patterns of human emotion the world over.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
Another excellent by Hosseini. What a storyteller he is. Enjoyed it immensely.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
One of the best books I have read in a long time! You follow the incredible lives of a few families that all seem to cross paths by the end. I couldn't put it down!
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
Wonderfully written. The intertwining of lives, loves and loved ones lost. Wonderful read.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
Wonderful storytelling,I really cared about these characters from the first page. I have since read his earlier work, The Kite Runner, also excellent.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
A quite gripping book, charting the lives of a few families who are separated through circumstance or choice, but whose paths all cross at some point or other in a small village in Afghanistan. An enjoyable read, definitely worth buying, but doesn't hit the same heights as Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
Hosseini just keeps getting better. For anyone wanting to find out more about Afghanistan, it's history and culture his books are a must read. His writing is brilliant and his characters intriguingly real. I can't wait for his next adventure.
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January 22nd, 2014
Really modest and beautifully written book. Very intriguing and awakening for a westerner who has never experienced life in Afghanistan.
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1 review
January 22nd, 2014
Took me a few chapters to get into this book. But eventually, like all of hosseini's novels I fell in love with the characters and there stories. Abdullah really captured my heart and as a daughter of a parent with dementia he writes of the disease and it's mannerisms perfectly. At first all the different stories confused me, and it's annoying how not all the stories were finished. All in all, not his best book, but still a fantastic read.
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1 review
November 9th, 2013
Not quite the page turner as previous novels. Interesting format but felt I wanted to know about characters
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1 review
All over the place!
November 2nd, 2013
I found very little continuity in this book between the main characters... It had way to many details on secondary characters and it made it very hard to keep up with all of them. It was an ok book, the story was good, but it lacked that "I can't wait to the next chapter".
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1 review
Too much included
October 22nd, 2013
I like some intertwining of different characters' stories, but I felt there were some unnecessary stories in this book. Give me more of the main characters and less of the peripherals.
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1 review
October 16th, 2013
Hosseini shows why he is one of the world's most widely read authors in this beautifully written and masterly woven tale of the joys, sorrows, sacrifices and betrayals that both bind and fracture families. The novel reads much like a series of linked short stories, with each chapter focusing on a primary character who shares a connection, by blood or fate, to the novel's central tragedy - the traumatic separation of a boy from his little sister in 1950s Afghanistan. Spanning decades, continents and generations, Hosseini shows how this one act resonates down through the decades, from Kabul to Greece and California, with characters who are complex and morally compromised.
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October 10th, 2013
I bought this book before traveling to Turkey. It was a wonderful book and gave me some insight on Turkey. I have read previous book by Khaled Hosseini and have enjoyed them all.
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1 review
October 7th, 2013
Not as intriguing or attention drawing as his past books "Kite Runner" or "A Thousand Splendid Suns" but still a good book that looks at the life of a child in a different "world" than North America
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October 7th, 2013
I have heard it said that every author has one great book. Well this is the third book Khaled Hosseini has written, and the third of his that I have read. The Kite Runner was excellent, followed by A Thousand Splendid Suns, it topped the first one. I was a little concerned when I bought his third book, only to find it topped the other two.. I think this young man just can't miss. I enjoyed this book beginning at page one and right to the very last page...
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October 5th, 2013
Khaled Hosseini never disappoints. This story is another classic about the pain of loss and the struggle for forgiveness and redemption.
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October 5th, 2013
The way in which the story was laid out was unique and refreshing, slowly revealing how all these characters with different background stories will influence each other's lives.
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October 5th, 2013
And The Mountains Echoed, is a beautiful love story of a brother and sister. Through unfortunate family events a brother and sister are heat-wrenchingly separated. It is the story of a love carried within a siblings heart. Sure to be another #1 best seller by Khaled Hosseini.
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1 review
October 5th, 2013
I loved this book because it linked the families with their heritages, the emotional, political and sexual connections for each of the characters. It was never predictable and always enticed me to sit and read to follow the girations of each personality. It was dramatically emotional, conjured continued pictures in my head and always made me feel..
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October 4th, 2013
This is a story of family connections and, even with separations, how your family influences you and your life. It also illustrates how the circle of you life intersects with those of others and influences you and yours for many years.
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1 review
October 4th, 2013
"And The Mountains Echoed" develops more slowly than the author's previous works as the characters are introduced in their own context and time. Once the connections are made, it is another compelling read. There are many issues addressed through the changing of family dynamics. Is the end result worth the means? We see many sacrifices made by characters through love for another. How does the awareness of painful memories compare to the bliss of innocence? We see this both in childhood and old age in the novel. We also see motherhood through differing behaviors of several strong female characters. Most issues are presented in a variety of cultures and through many characters which brings a sense of human commonality to them. This book rated a second reading which is a rarity for me! It was well worth it.
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October 4th, 2013
I found this to be a very enjoyable read but I had to really work at it as it was confusing the way it jumped from one character to another without any apparent connection until later. It also gives an insight into the lives of people living in a world that is totally different from mine.
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October 4th, 2013
And the Mountains Echoed is ABSORBING in both concentration and allocated time requirement. Khaled Hosseini is a brilliant story teller but this novel was one of those books which had too many characters with names that sound like regions or communities making it difficult at times to flow through with ease. I found myself constantly flipping back to previous chapters to reacquaint myself with the characters and their purpose. The author created a story which covers three generations of a family who becomes scattered over several countries. It ends with some of the family members getting reunited. I would recommend this novel when the reader has the dedicated time to read it without too many interruptions just to stay focused with the characters names and their relationships. It's not the kind of novel you can put down for a few days and pick up the story line easily.
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October 4th, 2013
This is another beautifully written book by Hosseini. Weaving many individual story threads together, the reader discovers Afghanistan through the lives of the characters. At the end of the book all of the individual stories/lives are joined to each other to form a chronology of a country. Like the characters some who search for completeness and others who search for forgiveness against a backdrop of poverty and national disintegration, that is the story of Afghanistan
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October 4th, 2013
the storyline was very well conceived. it was a little disjointed, but definitely kept my interest.
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October 4th, 2013
Another great read from this author. The author evokes such empathy for his characters one has to remind oneself it's fiction!
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October 4th, 2013
Good book but he tied up ends a bit quickly after pulling you into the story line.
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October 4th, 2013
Beautifully written and although I found some of the events sad, the characters were able to see past them and live in the moment and remain positive.
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October 4th, 2013
A must read!
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October 4th, 2013
Wonderful book. I love the way the book spans so many years and how people interconnect.
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October 4th, 2013
A very human look at a multi-generational family tale which takes place in war torn Afghanistan, the Greek Isle of Tinos, and eventually to San Francisco. Over several generations you see the story unfold revealing how small acts and decisions in life affect future generations and change the world one small place at a time. Very spelling binding read!
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October 4th, 2013
I lost myself in this and when i found myself i was closer to the ones i loved.
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October 4th, 2013
This book brought me closer to everything i cared about but had begun to take for granted. I've loved Hosseini's writing for a while now; this makes me love it more.
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October 4th, 2013
Same author as "A Thousand Splendid Suns" which is on of the best books that I have ever read so I had to read this new book by Khaled Hosseini. It didn't disappoint, it takes you away from whatever is happening around you,
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1 review
September 8th, 2013
Beautifully written and a lovely story about the lengths people will go for the love of their family.
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And The Mountains Echoed
August 30th, 2013
Wonderful book, it's all about the stunning people you meet in reading this book so full and real!
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Beautiful
August 23rd, 2013
Khaled Hosseini never ceases to amaze me with his command of the English language! He is able to bring characters to life in my imagination so much so that I ache with them, laugh with them and experience all the other emotions that make us human. Another winner with this novel!
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1 review
The kite runner writer did it again.
July 7th, 2013
Khaled Hosseini is one of the bet writers of recent years. He has a way of telling stories in a way very few can. Truly talented he is.
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And the Mountains Echoed
July 5th, 2013
A great read!
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1 review
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
June 12th, 2013
Very good book as have all of is books been
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