In the end, the urge to take flight, to rage, and to reinvent, while simultaneously hanging on and embracing what life has in store, is what drives AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED and what makes it so poignant to read. “People [learn] to live with the most unimaginable things.” But as Hosseini so hauntingly illustrates, what other choice is there?
12. AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED begins in Afghanistan, moves to Europe and Greece, and ends in California, gradually widening its perspective. What do you think the author was trying to accomplish by including so many different settings and nationalities? What elements of the characters' different experiences would you say are universal? Do you think the characters themselves would see it that way?
And the Mountains Echoed
Limited preview - 2013
“And the Mountains echoed” does not disappoint. In parts, it transcends genius.“Cruelty and benevolence are but shades of the same color”, says a character who is supposed to be malevolent and morally bankrupt. Showcasing human fallibility with devastating details, it’s magnificently thought provoking and emotionally enriching. Khalid Hosseini captivates imagination with his enticing tale of blood-ties, love, betrayal, jealousy, sacrifice, longing, greatness, pettiness, redemption, in every possible way imaginable. He manages to blur the line between black and white with so much ingenuity that you are left wondering if you are the one who has a grey soul.
"In the end, the urge to take flight, to rage, and to reinvent, while simultaneously hanging on and embracing what life has in store, is what drives AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED and what makes it so poignant to read."