Khaled Hosseini is one of my favorites. So every time a book is out, It just has to grace my shelf! If you consider yourself a book worm, you have to have read at least one of his three books, A thousand splendid suns, The Kite Runner and And the mountains echoed.
The thing about Hosseini’s writing is that it is pristine, it is so visual and has such an impact that you can actually see the story unfold right in front of your eyes. The stories are poignant and leaves you almost physically wincing. It reduces you to tears and in the end, you know a new land through the authors eyes.
Unlike his other two bestsellers, this one does not feature the war in Afghanistan but mentions it passingly. It is a tale of many characters and the turn of events in their life! What I loved the most about the book, was the way each of the characters assumed a form over time.. Be it Pari and the circumstances that shaped her life, or the turn of events in Nabi’s life. No, the book is nothing like it’s predecessors but it leaves you with an awestruck feeling. You marvel Hosseini for his story telling skills, he is spell bounding. What may not work for the book is that it is nothing like the previous ones and hence readers may expect only to be disappointed. The book is more about the progression of a tale of emotions than of a circumstance dominated story line.
The detailing of the characters are exquisite. The story takes you from a small village near Kabul to the elaborate city itself, then to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos. I simply loved Pari’s track, her father’s life changing decision, her brother’s undying love, her step mother’s obsession. Also, Nabi’s life and the way it unfolded tugged at my heartstrings!
A must read. Pick this up as every good book needs to be appreciated.
Price: Rs 599