Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Kernel's Library: And The Mountains Echoed With A Tremble

And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hoseini Book 00095: And the Mountains Echoed
by Khaled Hosseini

- And The Mountains Echoed

First Publication:
- 21st May 2013 by Riverhead Books

- This is Khaled Hosseini's third and latest book and may be his weakest novel yet.
- The recurring theme on Khaled Hosseini's works revolve around the family, while his first two books focus on the struggles of Fatherhood and Motherhood, And The Mountains Echoed focuses on two siblings as they progress through life.

- No. 5 in Amazon's Top 10 Best Book of 2013
- 8 weeks in NPR Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List
- The New York Times' Bestseller List
- 8 Weeks in USA TODAY Best-Selling Books (still counting)
- No. 1 Seattle Times Local Bestseller List (hardbound Fiction)
- L.A. Times Bestsellers in Hardcover Fiction

It started out with The Fault in Our Stars by John Green -- that is, my recent liking for emotional and heart-warming novels. I used to avoid such tear-jerker novels, because I am not quite sure if I could survive the encounter.

Since it all changed, I tried looking for And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. This yet another touching novel did not bring any of the dreaded feeling of being trapped deep within me, but instead it made me feel that I have someone else who shares with me my feelings: my sorrows, loneliness, gladness, joy and happiness.

This is primarily why I avoided these novels before, because instead of helping me, I thought they would make me even more miserable... I was wrong all along. For now, for as long as I have these kinds of books, I could be alone without really being lonely.

Plot Synopsis

An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else.

Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.

Grade: A+