Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Book Review: And The Mountains Echoed

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini is the story of a brother and sister, Abdullah and Pari. - initially, at least. The story begins in Afghanistan and slowly expands outwards, telling tales from across the globe and from more and more people in some way related to the characters. From description alone, I probably wouldn't have purchased this book, but I am a fan of Hosseini's work, especially The Kite Runner, and so I decided to pick this up when I was looking for something different from what my current books had had to offer.

And... I'm glad I did! This is a wonderfully written book, with amazing imagery and stories. Though some of the sections were long I would literally sit in the bath and read them until the water had turned cold because I wanted to see how the story would end (sorry, housemate). The stories are written very well, giving you very clear understanding of the characters and personalities and really allowing you to see how the characters are thinking and processing in a way that I find very unusual in most books. It's hard to say too much here without ruining the story for you if you were interested in picking it up, but I find it very interesting how Hosseini works - he realises that in many cases, it is not necessarily a big even that can mean a great deal to, or influence a person - and he works with this in a way that I find much more realistic.

I absolutely loved the first three quarters of this book, and enjoyed the last section as well. The bit inbetween - well, I found myself losing interest. To the extent that I only finished this book a couple of days ago and I genuinely can't even remember what that section was about! I found it much more dull, but I suppose I just wasn't interested in the characters of that part.

This is still a book I'd recommend - especially if you're like me and want to try and add some variety to your reading, I think this is a great one to choose! You can pick up a copy through Amazon, here.

The new book that I've started is Sapiens - A Brief History of Mankind - which is much more gigantic than the name would have you suspect. I've not yet decided if I'm going to read this on its own or read a more conventional book alongside it yet. What are you currently reading?

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