18 November 2016

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Title: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Mountains-Echoed-Khaled-Hosseini-ebook/dp/B009XIXVU6/

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Pages: 404                            

Status: Finished

Recommended for awisls: Recommended

This was my first Hosseini book. All I knew about him was that he was a traditionally published author with highly rated books. While Hosseini’s genre isn’t the one I usually prefer I couldn’t pass by him without getting to know his books. I am always eager to read well-written books (all you awisls should do the same). While I can’t say that I loved “And the Mountains Echoed,” I am extremely happy that I picked it up.

I’ll start from the cons. Hosseini is a masterful storyteller. He’s amazing. He’s stunning. He’s all I wish I were. His prose is beautiful, balanced, readable. Somehow he makes you forget about everything and keep reading. I can't recommend him enough to anyne who wants to know what's good writing. We all can learn a lot from Khaled Hosseini.

So why didn’t I love the book, if Hosseini is so good? I don’t know. To be honest, I picked up “And the Mountains Echoed,” because according to Amazon it was just 145 pages, and I wanted to read something fast. But it turned out that the book was actually 400 pages. It wouldn’t really matter; the book started so well. I was hooked from the first paragraph. But then, something happened. The story, while masterfully written, began to drag. My excitement was dying away slowly. The second half was so overlong, I couldn’t help finish the book and be over with it. It’s a big shame.

I checked the reviews, and it turns out that for many readers “And the Mountains Echoed” is Hosseini’s weakest work. If I wasn’t misled by Amazon’s page count I might’ve picked up “The Kite Runner,” which seems to be another outstanding book by Hosseini. I might still pick it one day, but surely not now. Hosseini’s stories are filled with sadness and human tragedies and right now I’m having a hard time reading that kind of books.

And the Mountains Echoed Khaled Hosseini