April 22, 2021

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‘And The Mountains Echoed’ tells a tale of separated siblings

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And the Mountains echoedA tale of siblings and the ripples of their bitter parting gets a bit tedious towards the end.

By now we’ve come to expect a template with a Khaled Hosseini book: life in pre- and post-war Afghanistan; families and characters that are tragically riven but irrevocably bound; weak, guilt-ridden men and resolute women who pick up the pieces; lives and emotions that span generations and continents; and a redemption that soothes but doesn’t quite heal old wounds.

An underlying theme of forced separation runs through each of his three books. If The Kite Runner was about friends and brothers and A Thousand Splendid Suns about soul sisters, And The Mountains Echoed tells a tale of separated siblings and the ripples that follow their bitter parting.

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