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Completely different, but so good.
am 24. Juni 2013
I have read with great pleasure the 2 other novels of Khaled Hosseini recently. With great excitement, I have been awaiting his third novel. It was worth the wait. Besides his gift of storytelling, the setup of the book is completely different from the last two books.
It starts out with two siblings who are really close, being seperated for financial reasons of their widowed father. He gives the daughter, Pari, away to a wealthy couple in Kabul who can't have children on their own. The two siblings, Pari and Abdullah, won't be able to see each other any more. After this first chapter of the book, it all gets mixed up, each chapter being its own short story of someone connected to one of the two siblings in some way. Each short story reveals some detail about the whereabouts of one of the two siblings over the next 6 decades, but still tells its own tale as it goes on. Tales of heartbreak, love, broken promises and family. For me, I had to put down the book after each chapter, having to let it settle in, because each story is so rich.
I don't want to give away too much, but the whole book, which gets off track sometimes for really good reasons, is a masterpiece. After all, it tells a tale which takes place over a time span of 60 years. People here have been complaining about the waning end of the book. I can't agree with this. It only occured to me several hours after finishing the book what a magnificent link Mr. Hosseini has set here. If I would comment on this link, I would just spoil the novel. Read it yourself and find out, you will know it's worth it with every chapter you preceed in this novel.