I can understand why some critics call Hosseini's books a little too contrived. There is no doubt while reading that all of the stories will be wrapped up with a bow in the end. (Not that the ending will be a happy one.) They even feel a little predictable at times. But, honestly, I don't care. I love the stories he tells. He weaves together tales of multiple generations all over the world (mostly set in his home country of Afghanistan) and they are absolutely enthralling and most often heartbreaking. This is one that gave me a book hangover. I had to wait a good 24 hours before I could start another. I loved it.
Khaled Hosseini knows how to draw readers in. By writing with such elegant and immense detailed, Hosseini is able to pull the readers into the lives of the numerous characters throughout the book that are part of a much greater interlocking story. If you enjoy a book that provides intense emotional connection to the characters that spans decades, then this book will provide you with such and much, much more.
I was pulled into this book and its beautifully complex characters. I found myself contemplating the heart-wrenching decisions each character made, having to ask myself honestly what I would do given the same situation. This book is a powerful reminder of how one person's life can have a ripple-effect upon many others, how interconnected we all are. Highly recommended. A great book club choice.
A father forced to make the decision to give up his daughter in order to save her from a life a despair.
A daughter forced to rebel in order to save herself from a life of subservience.
A wife forced to walk away from her life in order to accept that she will never be loved by her husband.
A sister forced to search of the one thing she can't recall but knows it's missing from her life.
All these stories, spanning over many decades and across the globe come together in a parallel world of love, hope, loss, acceptance, forgiveness, despair and so much more. This novel is bursting with emotions that centres around the separation of 2 siblings that grips readers right from the beginning and doesn't let go until the very end. Another one of Hosseini's book that is a must read!
I read this for the "A Book Set In The Middle East" part of my 2018 reading challenge. This was fantastic! Having not loved The Kite Runner I was a bit unsure at first, but it turned out to be terrific. I loved the different stories and the connections between all of the characters, and I thought the ending was really touching and well done.
Wonderful read! I was well into the book before I realized the multi-layered nature of the book, that the structure was akin to nine short stories, but very interconnected. Stories that 'echo' and relate back to the original story of separation. Each character is complete and fully drawn, and the thread tying them all together is Afghanistan’s unfolding history over 60 years that has a hold on each of them. Hosseini is a master storyteller who handles the language beautifully.
A favourite quote: ”I learned the world didn’t see the inside of you, that it didn’t care a whit about the hopes and dreams and sorrows that lay masked by skin and bone.” (p. 329)
Compelling and complex. A humane story beautifully written!
One of very few books where I couldn't predict what would happen next and could not turn the pages fast enough. Complex situations and characters, it will break your heart but also give you hope. I have told so many people they must read this book. Beautifully written.
Did not feel as involved with the characters as with his other books. Did not like any of the characters, nor the way the story flowed.
Engrossing, engaging, I felt the characters' pain, sorrow, happiness,and worries of their daily lives in Afghanistan.
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