Book Review : And the Mountains Echoed


The tagline of the book says – An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else. 

As I read the book end to end, a tinge of sadness is left in me. I dont know why.  How being born at a specific place in specific circumstances can change you life  – the book bears testimony to that. Having shed tears in the last few pages of the book, I thoroughly enjoyed every sentence that was ever written. Never boring, just enough attention to detail and no open stories.  One word – soul-stirring.

Abdullah and Pari, Markos and Thalia , Wahdati and Nabi. And the french poet Nila Wahdati. The book explores every angle you’d want to know about people whose lives start in afganistan or USA and why they make the  choices they make. While some stay put in their living rooms, some for the fear of staying put – take choices that land them in places they’d never imagine.

The best quote for me in the entire book –

It’s a funny thing but most people have it backward. They think they live by what they want. But really, what guides them is what they’re afraid of.What they don’t want.

Only one suggestion. Find some quiet time after finishing the book and soak in it’s stories and sadness. It deserves the time, while and after reading.

Have a good day and keep rocking!






Author: Saraswathi Pulluru

Aham Bhrahmasmi.

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