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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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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #30: Unexpected (Enchanting Peru 5)

This week Ann-Christine hosts Unexpected for Lens Artists Photo Challenge, “My post hopefully will contain something you would not expect from me!” It was unexpected and such a fun post.

On a sunny morning, our tour bus stopped at a very low-key, but picturesque village in Peru, we looked around and didn’t know what to expect.

Off the bus, our tour guide introduced this beautiful chapel: “This Baroque church was built during the 16th century. When you walk in you’ll know what made the church so famous.”

Inside was an eye-popping kaleidoscope–a dazzling display of colorful murals, a painted ceiling and an ornate gold-leaf altar. So very unexpected.

The Saint Peter the Apostle Church of Andahuaylill has earned the name of “The Sistine Chapel of the Andes.”

No photos were allowed inside. These two photos below are from Google Images.

After visiting the Saint Peter the Apostle Church of Andahuaylillas, our tour bus began climbing up and up…

Now we are at the Abra la Raya. It is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.350m (14,271ft) above the sea level.

A few days ago, I took look through the WP traffic analysis and saw some interesting and unexpected results.

Among 30 Lens-Artists Photo Challenge posts and other posts so far, The “My Travels” post is listed as the most popular post based on the numbers of views.


As you may have noticed, my blog topics incline to the beauty of nature and my travels. So it’s a surprise to see my two book reviews are ranked next to my popular Lens-Artists posts according to WP’s report; one is And the Mountains Echoed and the other Beneath a Scarlet Sky.

One of my favorite quotes in the “And the Mountains Echoed“: “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.” — Khaled Hosseini (author)

The last part (scene) of the “Beneath a Scarlet Sky”:

Then at last he took off his glasses the sun was setting, casting the lake in coppers and golds. He wiped away tears and put his glasses back on…. “ Forgive an old man his memories,” Pino said, “Some loves never die.” ‘ He was 89 years old.   — Mark Sullivan (author)

The story began in Dolomite (Italy Alps) when Pino was only 18 years old.

Many thanks to my blog friends and followers for your support. 🙂


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