Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Khaled Hosseini || And The Mountains Echoed Review

So, then. You want a story and I will tell you one...

Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and stepmother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters. To Adbullah, Pari, as beautiful and sweet-natured as the fairy for which she was named, is everything. More like a parent than a brother, Abdullah will do anything for her, even trading his only pair of shoes for a feather for her treasured collection. Each night they sleep together in their cot, their skulls touching, their limbs tangled.

One day the siblings journey across the desert to Kabul with their father. Pari and Abdullah have no sense of the fate that awaits them there, for the event which unfolds will tear their lives apart; sometimes a finger must be cut to save the hand.

Crossing generations and continents, moving from Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, to the Greek island of Tinos, with profound wisdom, depth, insight and compassion, Khaled Hosseini writes about the bonds that define us and shape our lives, the ways that we help our loved ones in need, how the choices we make resonate through history, and how we are often surprised by the people closest to us

Where do i even start with this? I can't tell you much that happened because this is a story, in the sense we follow it from beginning to end. 
"“A story is like a moving train: no matter where you hop onboard, you are bound to reach your destination sooner or later.” 
 I waited a long time to read this because from what i read, you needed to take it seprately from Hosseinis previous work, and i wanted to have that, i didnt want to misjudge the book based on his past writings.

We meet Abdullah and Pari, as children heading off to Kabul on a work trip with their farther, upon arrival we find that is not the case, and the childrens lives change forever. We follow the family through generations, and branched out, cousins, step familvs, grandparents. We follow them round the world as they all make their own roots and settle down. That literally is all the story, but its told so elegantly and beautiful as Hosseini does, it sucks you in, we visit various times and learn about the loves, and even betrayals of the family. In the end though, it all comes back down to Abdullah & Pari, just like it always has.

Hosseini is a truely wonderous writer in the way he creates the characters, the villages, the sights and sound. We need say no more than that, but i shall try. Its descriptive and captivating, its truely uplifting and wonderous, it made my heart smile and tear in places. I knew that it would be in fairness as well, because thats how it is. I never read anything like this, and i wont probably again, but i will always read Hosseinis offerings because you know its going to be good.


Breakfast tea time, strong and mellow.

Author Bio
Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965. In 1970 Hosseini and his family moved to Iran where his father worked for the Embassy of Afghanistan in Tehran. In 1973 Hosseini's family returned to Kabul, and Hosseini's youngest brother was born in July of that year.
In 1976, when Hosseini was 11 years old, Hosseini's father obtained a job in Paris, France, and moved the family there. They were unable to return to Afghanistan because of the Saur Revolution in which the PDPA communist party seized power through a bloody coup in April 1978. Instead, a year after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, in 1980 they sought political asylum in the United States and made their residence in San Jose, California.
Hosseini graduated from Independence High School in San Jose in 1984 and enrolled at Santa Clara University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in biology in 1988. The following year, he entered the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, where he earned his M.D. in 1993. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles in 1996. He practiced medicine for over ten years, until a year and a half after the release of The Kite Runner.
Hosseini is currently a Goodwill Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He has been working to provide humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan through the Khaled Hosseini Foundation. The concept for the foundation was inspired by the trip to Afghanistan that Hosseini made in 2007 with UNHCR.
He lives in Northern California with his wife, Roya, and their two children (Harris and Farah)

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