reviewed by ally
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Just finished this last night and I'm not ashamed to admit I cried my eyes out in the end. I had high hopes for this one, with The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns already being favorites of mine (and every reader everywhere). Good news: Hosseni does not disappoint! Afghanistan comes alive as a magical place. I spent some time looking at pictures of Kabul and the countryside, picturing the small village of Shadbagh and the Wahdati home. And of course, it's impossible not to fall in love with at least a few of the characters. Of course, we're focused on Abdullah and Pari, but for me it was really the side characters that made the book. Markos and Thailia, the two sisters, and my personal favorites: Nabi and Mr Wahdati.
I also liked the different stories from different perspectives. Each chapter is its own mini saga. The story of the div is amazingly spooky and starts the book off on a high note. And the magic just continues from there....
The setting, the characters and the story itself all come together to create a tale of enchantment.