Breathe To Read

Breathe To Read

Friday, April 15, 2016

2016 Challenge - Book 36, And The Mountains Echoed

Today's book I am reviewing was

And The Mountains Echoed

This was under the category:  A Book that takes place in the Middle East

This is a story of several families in Afghanistan whose lives intertwine of the course of 50 years.  It starts with a father telling a story to his two children.  Little do the children know that this story he tells about an ogre that comes and takes children away would become a reality.  The family is very poor, and the children's mother has died, and the father has remarried.  They cannot afford to take care of all the children, and the father knows of a family in Kabul that is childless.  They agree to take the little girl, much to the dismay of her older brother.  What follows are stories that branch out from these two young children told through many different viewpoints and across many years.  It shows how one decision can affect his descendents and even his acquaintances for years to come.

Khaled Hosseini has become my favorite author over the last few years.  His writing is absolutely amazing, and his stories draw you in.  You cannot book the book down.  Most of his stories are full of heartache, and this one was no exception.  I was two chapters in and already very sad.  But I couldn't stop.  I had to know what happened to the little girl who was taken away from the only family she knew at the age of 4.  And what happened to her brother who was her most cherished one.

Run to get this book.  Run to get any of Hosseini's books.  He is exceptional.

Stars: 5

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