It's been six years since the publication of Khaled Hosseini's bestselling second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns and I've been eagerly awaiting his latest novel, And The Mountains Echoed.
Hosseini has said that his new book focuses more on the relationship between siblings rather than tales of fatherhood and motherhood. This is true but it also differs from his previous novels in other ways. (The Kiterunner)
This is an epic multi-generational family saga starting in the 1950s with a variety of settings - from Afghanistan to France, from Greece to the United States. Siblings Pari and Abdullah are devoted to each other but their paths take different directions early on in their lives.
Hosseini uses his skill as a captivating storyteller to weave a complicated pattern of family stories which take off quickly. The narrative is complex, flitting between eras, characters and locations but Hosseini is always firmly in control, pulling the strings and helping the reader move along.
Readers and critics have said it may not be as dynamic as his previous novels, but And the Mountains Echoed has been labeled a "master work by a master storyteller." (Sounds pretty dynamic...)
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