Ten year old Abdullah would do anything for his younger sister. In a life of poverty and struggle, with no mother to care for them, Pari is the only person who brings Abdullah happiness. For her, he will trade his only pair of shoes to give her a feather for her treasured collection. When their father sets of with Pari across he desert to Kabul in search of work, Abdullah is determined not to be separated from her. Neither brother or sister know what this fateful journey will bring them.
Blurb from the 2014 edition published by Bloomsbury.
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Sumaiyaa, 9R, Royal Russell School writes:
I am currently reading ‘And the Mountains Echoed’ by Khaled Hosseini. I have chosen this book in particular because I have previously read his works and enjoyed them thoroughly (except the heartbreaking feeling that is often featured.)
I am never disappointed by what he writes as his books are always intriguing. I am not yet proved wrong, as aforementioned, I am currently reading ‘And the Mountains Echoed’ and whilst it is captivating I don’t think this book is his best. However, this doesn’t make it a bad read, I would recommend any book written by Hosseini, he is an extremely talented writer with a way with words that leaves you devastated yet moved.
Set in Afghanistan, ‘And the Mountains Echoed’ is about a young boy called Abdullah who would do anything for his little sister, Pari, who reminds him of his late mother and is his virtually his only family; excluding his father who seems to want no connection with him, and his step-mother who loves only her own.
When his father sets off to find work in Kabul, Abdullah along with Pari are determined to go with him and as they set off across the desert, a journey takes place that could change their lives and Abdullah is adamant not to let his sister out of his sight as they are cruelly separated.
The book I chose to read is And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. I chose this book as it was recommended to me and I would certainly recommend it to others due to the fact it is written so cleverly and has a great storyline. The book starts of about a boy and his little sister and throughout the book they get separated but their lives are interlinked the whole time through other people. At the end of the book they meet again which makes the overall effect of the book immensely emotional. What I like most about this book is that in each chapter, a different persons story is told and each is so moving and important to the story in their own way. Also, the book is written with such great description, empathy and intellect which gives the reader the ability to sympathise with each and every character and situation. I would definitely give this book a 10/10 and am certain that I will read other books by this author.
Nikita, 9R. Royal Russell School
And the Mountains Echoed was a book that I was looking forward to reading the most out of the Seinor Award selection. I felt that I never really managed to get into the book as once I started to enjoy one of the stories, I was wrenched away from it. However, I found the quality of the writing to be to a high level which added to the emotion of the book. Hosseini I left me both loving, hating and wishing I could know more about his creations. Overall, I felt that this book was not as good as his others and despite the fact that I was left feeling slightly depressed after, I also felt well informed and enjoyed the overall messages and themes of the book.