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By Khaled Hosseini
Bloomsbury Publishing

A master of the narrative, Khaled Hosseini ‘s new novel “And the Mountains Echoed” is his most gripping story yet. Less brutal and more fluent than his earlier novels, it nevertheless has a generous dose of sentimentality. Spanning several generations, the novel moves back and forth between Afghanistan and the West. Writing in his usual unassuming and unpretentious style, Hosseini explores sibling relationships and people living ordinary lives in present day Afghanistan.

The novel’s two central characters – Abdullah and his sister Pari – are little children, in the 50s, when we first meet them. Abdullah is 10 and Pari  3. They live with their father Saboor and step-mother in a remote Afghan village. They get separated when Pari is given away for adoption. While she grows up in affluence –first in Kabul then in Paris, her brother Abdullah makes his way to California where he runs a small Kabob House. Other characters, equally significant, have their stories intertwined with that of the two siblings – tales of drama, jealousy, resilience, sacrifice, and love. The siblings are unaware of each other’s existence but will they ever meet again? The novel runs against the backdrop of Taliban era and has the makings of a blockbuster film.

 An enjoyable book, “And the Mountains Echoed” is his third novel, after the bestselling The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns.




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