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And The Mountains Echoed (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic) Paperback – Large Print, June 3, 2014
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"[Hosseini's] most assured and emotionally gripping story yet . . . Hosseini's narrative gifts have deepened over the years. . . . "[And the Mountains Echoed"] grapples with many of the same themes that crisscross his early novels: the relationship between parents and children, and the ways the past can haunt the present. And it shares a similar penchant for mapping terrain midway between the boldly colored world of fable and the more shadowy, shaded world of realism... [W]e finish this novel with an intimate understanding of who his characters are and how they've defined themselves over the years through the choices they have made between duty and freedom, familial responsibilities and independence, loyalty to home and exile abroad... a deeply affecting choral work... a testament both to his intimate knowledge of their inner lives, and to his power as an old-fashioned storyteller. "--Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times"
"The "Kite Runner" author's latest is a moving saga about sacrifice, betrayal, and the power of family. . . . More expansive than "The Kite Runner "and "A Thousand Splendid Suns," the novel spans three generations and includes overlapping tales of expatriates and aid workers, parents and children, doctors and drug lords. Hosseini shows how easy it is for people to brutalize or abandon those they should protect. But his ultimate achievement is demonstrating the power and persistence of family."--"People "(4 stars)
"[Hosseini's] beautifully written, masterfully crafted new book, "And the Mountains Echoed," spans nearly 60 years of Afghan history as it investigates the consequences of a desperate act that scars two young lives and resonates through many others. . . . "And the Mountains Echoed "is painfully sad but also radiant with love: the enduring bond of a brother and sister; the irritable but bedrock connection of cousins; the quiet intimacy of master and servant who become friends; the commitment of a doctor and nurse t
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With more than ten million copies sold in the United States of "The Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns," and more than thirty-eight million copies sold worldwide in more than seventy countries, Khaled Hosseini is one of most widely read and beloved novelists in the entire world. "The Kite Runner" spent 103 weeks on the "New York Times" bestseller list, and "A Thousand Splendid Suns" debuted as a #1 "New York Times" bestseller, remaining in the #1 spot for fifteen weeks, and spending nearly an entire year on the bestseller list. Hosseini is a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Refugee Agency, and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.
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Hosseini is a magnificent story teller, as demonstrated by his first two novels, and his skill can easily be seen in his most recent work as well. However, the structure of the book, jumping back and forth in both time and story thread, result in a disjointed reading experience and detract from the overall enjoyment of the work. As in his previous novels, much of the action centers on Afghanistan, from the late 1940s to the present day. Unlike Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, however, large parts of the story take place in locales as diverse as Paris, California and Greece.
Perhaps having read the previous two books, much of the novelty of Afghan history and culture has worn off, leaving only the underlying story to support the reading experience. That is still enough to recommend the novel, yet not enough to award it the rating garnered by his previous efforts.
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