And the Mountains Echoed: A Novel

Editorial reviews

And the Mountains Echoed: A Novel

Mr. Hosseini effortlessly weaves these individual tales into a beautiful story about love and family and the far-reaching influences of both.

I read And the Mountains Echoed in a single sitting – it is an absorbing read from a master story teller. But I wonder how long it will stay with me.

And the Mountains Echoed charges its readers for the emotional particles they are, giving them what they want with a narrative facility as great as any blockbusting author alive.

This is an exquisite novel, a must-read for anyone with an interest in what it means to be alive, anywhere and everywhere.

There is an assured, charismatic new maturity to Hosseini's voice. When he hits his stride, the results are electrifying.

It's a devastatingly simple story, but it captures the essence of the complex moral equations that Hosseini spends the rest of the novel teasing out.

It serves its purpose in providing amusement for two and a half hours; a day after finishing it, I had forgotten everything about it.

"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 to war's victims.

Even as it captures the sadness and regret that engulfs its characters’ lives, Hosseini’s storytelling is filled with love and joy and a deep sense of hope. And the Mountains Echoed is a deeply moving elegy to what might have been.

It’s hard to do justice to a novel this rich in a short review. There are a dozen things I still want to say — about the rhyming pairs of characters, the echoing situations, the varied takes on honesty, loneliness, beauty and poverty, the transformation of emotions into physical ailments.

Khaled Hosseini’s new novel, “And the Mountains Echoed,” may have the most awkward title in his body of work, but it’s his most assured and emotionally gripping story yet.