Year 8, Book 102

102. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Hosseini weaves a story over many years drawing in a multitude of characters whose lives sometimes but not always connect in some way. The book seemed to start and stop for me as he would begin to tell the story of some of the characters than move away from them to tell the story of other characters. I’m not sure it was entirely effective as it kept pulling me out of what was happening. I also had greater anticipation of some of the stories being intertwined at the end expecting there had to be some reason all these characters were being introduced, but that was not always the case. I think the book would have been better served by eliminating some of the side stories he chose to add in and concentrating on the more central characters.  I do like Hosseini’s writing though and did enjoy this book for the most part. I give it a 7 out of 10.

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