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A Feature Review of
And The Mountains Echoed: A Novel
Hardback: Riverhead, 2013
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Reviewed by Philip Zoutendam.
No doubt there are many in the pantheon of authors—ignored, forgotten, unknown in their own day—who would begrudge the perfect timing of Khaled Hosseini’s debut. In the last decade the world has been primed for any word about Afghanistan, and here was an Afghani author telling stories of his homeland.
Hosseini’s good fortune surely accounts for some of the immense popularity of The Kite Runner (2003 release) and A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007)—but by no means all of it. These books were good literature, not vapid page-turners spun for profit. They were thrilling, yes, with enough of the dramatic and exotic (run-ins with the Taliban, forbidden love, harrowing border crossings) to hold one rapt for hours, but they were not mere thrillers. Beneath the excitement they shared deeply humane narratives of love, separation, and the struggle to redeem that separation.