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Thursday, 27 June 2013

Khaled Hosseini - And the Mountains Echoed

reviewed live on bookshow by Maggie Perkovich on 27th June 2013
I was so pleased to read a third book by this author, I enjoyed The Kite Runner, loved, loved A Thousand Splendid Suns, and now this one is of the same expertise. Moving a little away from
Afghanistan it features other capitals, other countries but always comes back to the country
that I believe the author loves although he now lives in America.
Saboor father of Abdullah and Pari lives in the small village of Shadbagh, he lost his wife in
child birth and having to work at anything to survive, Abdullah cares for his small sister and
looks after her with all the tenderness of a mother.
One day the father takes the children to Kabul to meet his brother's employers, and to find
 some work for a while. He has married again and has more children.
What happens in Kabul is the basis of the whole book, and as we meet more characters
and more situations arise, we understand how difficult life is when we try to do the
right thing as we see it, and how hard to move on from the problems encountered in
situations not of our choosing.
No one is downright evil, but wars and invasions make `life for ordinary folk a challenge
that defeats many in the end.
I found so much that was absorbing in this book, and shall read it again for sure to enjoy
his well written and clever prose.
Maggie Perkovic.

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