I knew it was an illustrated book and so there wouldn’t be much to it, yet a Khaled Hosseini book was difficult to pass. However, I hadn’t realized how little there would be to it. It is essentially one poem, and not a very long one either, that is written over several pages of illustrations. Disappointing.
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And The Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini
Another brilliant book from one of the most eminent story tellers of our times. It is not quite the caliber of ‘The Kite Runner’ or ‘A thousand splendid suns’ – and yet it is good enough to mesmerize the reader. Hosseini goes big this team both on Geography (the book traverses France, Greece and US besides Afghanistan) and period (it covers three generations). It succeeds with the bigger canvas – even though the Afghan portions are the most vivid. There are some problems. Too many intricate stories and too many characters do leave a few ends untied – the Afghan drug lord bit for instance. And Pari’s life in France is a long uninteresting narration. But it works overall. There are two things that stand out for me – some amazing insights (beauty is a tremendous gift distributed arbitrarily, stupidly) and multi layered characters – who carry out shocking actions – and yet endear themselves to the readers.