Clear, And Radiant, And All At Once

“And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini (author of “The Kite Runner) is the first book I read this year. had over 8 thousand reviews and comments from all over the world. There is no need for me to add another one. Nonetheless, I’d like to share a couple highlights if you haven’t read the book.

Hosseini wrote this book in a different style. As Wendy Smith (LA Times) said‘Khaled Hosseini chose to tell the story in a “fragmented and fluid” form; each of the nine chapters is told from a different character’s perspective, and each narrative provides an interconnection with the others’.

Each character told his/her struggle, sacrifice, pain, and love, mostly, of how they were “made, grown and sustained.” Yet, each found a purpose in his/her life, in small villages, big cities, during wartime and peaceful moments.

“They say, find a purpose in your life and live it. But, sometimes, it is only after you have lived that you recognize your life had a purpose, and likely one you never had in mind.” So true and well said.

Pari is the center of the stories. Five decades later, Pari flew to another continent to reunited with her brother. Hosseini closed the book beautifully:

“She turns her face to look at him, her big brother, her ally in all things, but his face is too close and she can’t see the whole of it…. She shuts her eyes. Drifts off, untroubled, everything clear, and radiant, and all at once.”

Thank you for reading.


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