#BookBeginnings And The Mountains Echoed

Today we’re starting the next book in The Bestseller Code 100 challengeAnd the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!




And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini


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Summary:  The novel starts in 1952, when two motherless Afghan children are separated from one another. It follows the waves of events that result from this traumatic beginning.

This is Khaled Hosseini’s third novel, published in 2013. As far as I can tell, he hasn’t published any since? A medical doctor by training, his previous novels were The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns.

First Sentence of And the Mountains Echoed:

So, then.

That’s a pretty short first sentence. It might be a record. Do you know of a shorter first sentence of a novel?

Because those two words don’t tell much, let’s continue with the first paragraph.

You want a story and I will tell you one. But just the one. Don’t either of you ask me for more. It’s late, and we have a long day of travel ahead of us, Pari, you and I. You will need your sleep tonight. And you too, Abdullah. I am counting on you, boy, while your sister and I are away. So is your mother. Now. One story, then. Listen, both of you, listen well. And don’t interrupt.


I like the conversational storytelling tone. It seems natural and realistic.

I also like how we learn the names of the two main characters and their relationship in an organic way. Nothing is forced.

What do you think? Have you read any of Khaled Hosseini’s works?


  1. Catherine @ Book Club Librarian

    I read this book a while ago. I didn’t like it as much as The Kite Runner.

    • Roberta

      Yes, this book is from 2013. I’ll have to dig out my copy of The Kite Runner to compare.

      • Catherine @ Book Club Librarian

        The Kite Runner was one of my all-time favorite books. It had sad moments, but joyful and hopeful moments too. It would be worth a re-read.

  2. Anne@Headfullofbooks

    “So, then.” What a fascinating first line. I read this book a year ago and loved it. All the parts come together in the end. My Friday Quotes are at the bottom of the review

    • Roberta

      Glad you liked it. I’m looking forward to it.

  3. Sassy @ Alternative-Read.com

    Hi Roberta,

    I love the conversational tone of a story! This sounds like an intriguing read. Thanks for sharing.

    Here is mine http://bit.ly/2vX9rVO

    I didnt play last week as my laptop died, it”s now regenerated lol

    Luv Sassy

  4. Kathy Martin

    I haven’t read anything by the author. I like the conversational start to this story. I’m featuring Sleep Like a Baby by Charlaine Harris this week. Happy reading!

  5. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I haven’t yet read this author, but I love those excerpts…and now I’m eager to explore it. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.

    So happy your laptop has been regenerated!

  6. Lauren @ Always Me

    I have no clue why I haven’t tried this author yet – one of these days!

    Lauren @ Always Me

    • Roberta

      You should come join us. We start Monday.

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