Friday, September 27, 2013

#27 : And The Mountains Echoed By Khaled Hosseini : A Review


BOOK TITLE: And the Mountains Echoed
ISBN: 159463176X
AUTHOR: Khaled Hosseini
GENRE: Fiction
NUMBER OF PAGES: 417 pages
FORMAT: Digital (E-Pub)
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Writer Kristen Elise recommended it to me Via goodreads
“An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else” reads the starting line of the goodreads summary of this book. Putting it simply, it’s an over-rated book with an exaggerated summary.
After all, Hosseni's “Kite Runner” was a true master piece and in comparison this book seems so amateurish.
Yet again like “The Kite runner” & “A Thousand Splendid suns” this book also starts from Afghan but traverses to Greece, Paris and US.
The book begins with a story of a brother and sister and ends with them. When the protagonists grow, the story branches out (Branches out is an understatement! I can't connect the characters now!)There are just too many characters for me in this book.
In essence, it’s a rather detailed description of the course of a man's life. A life revolving around parents, children, brothers, sisters, cousins and caretakers. A life filled with choices to make, effects of the choices to bear, loss and gain. Or at least that what the writer has tried to convey.
Unfortunately, Hosseini manages just to write a rather complex tale. A story with so many different emotions and simply too many characters which gets all interconnected in the end. One simply has to endure the pain of reading about random characters and their life till we get to know they aren't exactly random people. They are all connected to each other in a way.
It’s a monotonous book, poorly written by a writer who once wrote brilliant emotional story.
May be after reading his previous book, people just expect great stories from him.
VERDICT: Could be skipped. Don't read this if you have read “The Kite Runner”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and moved to the United States in 1980. His first novel, The Kite Runner, was an international bestseller, published in thirty-eight countries. In 2006 he was named a goodwill envoy to UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency. He lives in northern California.
EDITIONS AVAILABLE: Digital, Paperback, Hardcover
PRICE: Rs.215.10

Note : This review was first posted in Readers' Muse


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