AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED by Khaled Hasseini: A Review

As a huge fan of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, I was aware of Hasseini’s 2013 novel, the first he had attempted in six years, And the Mountains Echoed. I read the reviews, put it on my TBR list, and promptly forgot it.

Recently, upon cleaning out my TBR folder, I came across the scrap of paper that reminded me I had never read the book. Because I was going back and forth to the university, I listened to the audio book version. There were 12 discs in all, and I was hooked by the second. The book is narrated by multiple actors, which made it easy  listening.

The novel lives up to the album cover which describes it as “emotional,” “unforgettable,” “provocative,” as it explores ” the shape of our lives and what it means to be human.” The multigenerational story begins with two motherless children in an Afghanistan village. Abdullah, who was ten, raises Pari, age three, and what happens to them during their lifetimes “echoes through the lives of so many other people.” Themes that reoccur in each generation are the “moral complexity of life” and the characters’ emotions are explored and revealed in all of their complex  depths. The setting takes the reader to Kabul, Paris, and the Greek island of Tinos.

Hosseini, in Mountains, lives up to his reputation of “Born Storyteller.” I highly recommend the audio book of this novel.


Author: Rae Longest

This year marks my fiftieth year in AAUW (American Association of University Women). The Alvin chapter was begun in 1947, and as a new, green teacher to Alvin Independent School District, I joined in 1968. In the 80's we began a book group to share our love of reading, books,and fellowship with other women and girls who loved the same. We resurrected the group on-line in September of 2015. Eventually Powerful Women Readers folded as an on-line book club, but I kept the title and turned it into a blog. (See "Introduction,"first blog). This is my first experience at blogging or publishing anything and is becomes more fun with each blog posted. I have just completed 30 years of teaching as an adjunct at The University of Houston Clear Lake. This is after three years at Alvin Community College and an almost-twenty year career as a classroom teacher with Alvin Independent School District, adding up to a total of teaching 50 years in all. Reading and writing are "in my blood" just like teaching is. I hope you enjoy the blog.

7 thoughts on “AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED by Khaled Hasseini: A Review”

    1. It is third of his I have read, and this one stands alone from the others. Because of the myths and tales it opens with, which is a good grounding in Afghan literature, this would be the perfect novel to start with! Enjoy.

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    1. I loved the audiobook. The narrators/actors/voices/readers (whatever the correct term is LOL) were terrific. When I first read The Kite Runner, I first learned what Afghanastan was like before the fighting. Now I have a friend who is from the area of the Kite Runner’s setting, and she is living near me. She promises to be a very interesting new friend. Her son, Anas, is a first grade student at the primary school across from my subdivision, where I volunteer in the library. I want her and her sons (She also has a three-year old.) to visit me and see my Little Free Library in the yard. I brought her home for coffee while her son was still at school; then she went back to pick him up. It was a wonderful visit.

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