Author: Khaled Hosseini
Genre: Fiction Drama
Year of Publication: 2012
ISBN: 159463176X (ISBN13: 9781594631764)
The 3rd novel by Khaled Hosseini, the best selling author of highly acclaimed “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns”, is a tale of Love, Tragedy and Family Values. Just like its both predecessors, this book also tells a story about people of Afghanistan and the impacts of multiple internal and external wars on their lives. The plot encompasses multiple characters tied together through strands of family and time. Each character going through a social dilemma of his or her own.
“I suspect the truth is that we are waiting, all of us, against insurmountable odds, for something extraordinary to happen to us.” – Khaled Hosseini (quoted from “and the mountains echoed”)
The emotional quotient seems superficial and forced
For people like me, who fell in love with Khaled’s earlier work, this book is a disappointment of heartbreaking proportions. Both previous books written by him were absolute masterpieces…but this…this is an extreme opposite of its predecessors.
Both his books before this, told stories which unfolded with such a naturally smooth flow that a reader never felt being dragged along the story. But in his third book, the flow is achingly disjointed. His stint with so many characters and perspectives doesn’t work at all.
The actual problem is the effort which the author keeps on putting to make this book as emotionally charged as the previous two. The earlier two never had to struggle to evoke emotions and tug at your heart. But for this book, the emotional quotient seems superficial and forced.
This book fails to build a personality of its own
The book keeps on dragging without adding much to the already known fate of the story (or stories). It becomes so obvious at places that tragedy is being forced into the narrative only to live up to the reputation of the previous books. As a result, this book fails to build a personality of its own. It ends up as a “wannabe as good as my predecessors”. Half-baked and overdecorated!
I really hope the next book by Khaled Hosseini is able to wipe of the disappointment inflicted by this one. Because I rank him as one of the best authors of today’s times and I really want to like his books. This one though, was nowhere near. highly disappointed