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Book Discussion - And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

  • Sep 26, 2013 · 7:00 PM

Join us in September as we discuss And the Mountains Echoed. The last time we read a book by Khaled Hosseini (A Thousand Splendid Suns, back in August 2011) we had a very thought provoking discussion. This should be a good one!

Below are descriptions of the book by Amazon and the New York Times.

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, May 2013: Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed begins simply enough, with a father recounting a folktale to his two young children. The tale is about a young boy who is taken by a div (a sort of ogre), and how that fate might not be as terrible as it first seems—a brilliant device that firmly sets the tone for the rest of this sweeping, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting novel. A day after he tells the tale of the div, the father gives away his own daughter to a wealthy man in Kabul. What follows is a series of stories within the story, told through multiple viewpoints, spanning more than half a century, and shifting across continents. The novel moves through war, separation, birth, death, deceit, and love, illustrating again and again how people’s actions, even the seemingly selfless ones, are shrouded in ambiguity. This is a masterwork by a master storyteller.

New York Times: Hosseini’s most assured and emotionally gripping story yet . . . Hosseini’s narrative gifts have deepened over the years. . . . And the Mountains Echoed grapples with many of the same themes that crisscross his early novels: the relationship between parents and children, and the ways the past can haunt the present. And it shares a similar penchant for mapping terrain midway between the boldly colored world of fable and the more shadowy, shaded world of realism… We finish this novel with an intimate understanding of who his characters are and how they’ve defined themselves over the years through the choices they have made between duty and freedom, familial responsibilities and independence, loyalty to home and exile abroad… a deeply affecting choral work… a testament both to his intimate knowledge of their inner lives, and to his power as an old-fashioned storyteller.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I signed up for this group today and need a little more information. I am thinking I would need to try to get the book from a library or either order it from Amazon, but when will the name of the book for October be given. I will probably start with that one. This months book and author does sound very interesting.

    I am looking forward to meeting you. Have a wonderful day!

    September 17, 2013

    • Heather M

      Hi Brenda, Just saw your message. The October book is listed on our Meetup page (you can RSVP for October there too). We're reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. Looking forward to meeting you too!

      September 23, 2013

  • Tammy

    Never got the book, so going to sit this one out.

    September 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I haven't even had time to buy the book yet:( I'm going to try for next months book.

    September 23, 2013

  • Lori-Ann

    I am like Dawn, I put it a hold on it at the library about two weeks ago and it has not come in. I am going to change my RSVP to "no" and try to start in on the next one!

    September 21, 2013

  • Dawn G.

    There's about a million holds for this book at all the libraries. Thought I'd ask if anyone is finished, maybe I could borrow it? I really, really want to read this one.

    September 20, 2013

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