And The Mountains Echoed – Book Review
Seldom do you come across a book that becomes so much a part of your existence, that the lines of reality and fiction blur, leading to a surreal experience. One such encounter happened with me while reading “A Thousand Splendid Suns” a few years back. Khaled Hosseini works his magic yet again, more refined and mature in his writing style this time. “And The Mountains Echoed” is not just a tale of love shared by a brother and sister, separated in childhood, it is a magnum opus criss-crossing across continents, narrating the various of facets of human existence, laying thread-bare the raw emotions harboured in the human mind, and delving into the depths of the complexities of relationships.
I could not think or react for quite sometime after completing the book. I wept for full five minutes as i finished reading the last line. Khaled Hosseini has scripted a tale of love, in its various forms – pure, undying love that drives our lives. Spanning a period of 50 years, zooming across continents, Hosseini so effortlessly pens down human emotions. Hosseini is gifted with an eye for detail. The way he describes a scene, you can almost see it float in front of your eyes. A wizard of words, Hosseini’s writing reminds me of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. I cannot think of another writer who has managed to make me feel so strongly associated with the characters, in their distress.
Khaled Hosseini loves his country, Afghanistan, and that reflects in his work immensely. The country almost emerges as a character in this tale of love. The upheavals and challenges, the political uncertainty, wars and the rebuilding of the great nation, are well chronicled through the eyes of the narrators in every chapter. Afghanistan’s fall almost reverberates in the lives of the lead characters, taking them through the highs and lows of life.
I will forever cherish this book. It has the capacity to rattle your soul.
My Rating: 5/5 stars
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