Review on ‘And the Mountains Echoed’ by Khaled Hosseini

If you’ve read my other reviews you’ll know that I love Hosseini’s work. I discovered this book after reading ‘The Kite Runner’ and ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’. I virtually read it straight after reading ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ and although it’s another heartbreaking and well-written text I was left somewhat disappointed. I’m not sure if this was because I’d really enjoyed the previous book or because there was less “action” in this text than the other two. However, it was still an insightful text and I did enjoy reading it!

Whereas the other two books explored male and female journeys within Afghanistan, this text explored the points of view of characters from a variety of backgrounds. The text began with a framing story of a brother and sister, which the book reverted back to throughout and ended with. Although other life stories were also explored throughout the text, they all linked in some way to the overarching story that Hosseini introduced at the beginning.

By using characters from different backgrounds and exploring how the lives of Afghanistan people vary wildly, Hosseini was again able to explore the country’s rich history. The far reaching impact of the events that have/are occurring within Afghanistan have rippled across different nations, affecting numerous people in different ways. This is explored in great detail throughout, such as through the use of characters from countries such as Greece and Germany, showing how these characters have been able to entwine themselves into Afghan culture.

The movement of Afghan people to countries within Europe and the USA is also explored. This was highly interesting as it explored the ways in which these people were able to adapt to new surroundings, but still retain their culture. The importance of culture was explored throughout, in particular the way in which people remain rooted to their cultural experiences, even when displaced from their country of origin.

Although I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the other two, I would still recommend it to anyone who is interested in exploring the history and culture of Afghanistan. Yet again, this is a very insightful book that explores such a heartbreaking history.

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