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And the Mountains Echoed – “Truth”

June 22, 2015

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And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini 

 This is a hard book to read. Not only are names confusing (a daughter named after a lost sister) but also it is filled with much pain. Unresolved pain we want a Hollywood ending to change. But that doesn’t happen, at least not in a way we expect.

Khaled Hosseini is a wonderful writer who doesn’t let his readers off easy. I can honestly say I learned things about living in Afghanistan that I would rather not believe are true, but know they are. Does that mean I would recommend this to others, reread it myself, look for other books by the author? No, let’s pretend life is simple. That people come through for each other, that…. But once we know what it’s like, we can’t pretend.

Believe in fairy tales. It is easier. The trouble with reading is that sometimes we discover the truth.

5 out of 5_edited-1

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