I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about a new book as I am about And The Mountains Echoed. Nor so happy that it’s available on Kindle. Or will be, when it’s released on May 21st. I’ve pre-ordered it, with a single click. It’ll be automatically delivered to my Kindle the second it’s released. Isn’t Amazon wonderful? Except when they don’t pay their fair share of taxes, but that’s another story. RIP the High Street.
Did you read The Kite Runner? Or Khaled Hosseini’s second book, A Thousand Splendid Suns? They were both masterpieces. The latter was the last book my dad read. I can’t think of a better last book to read. The stories were so beautifully told, you’d believe they were true. So tragic, you’d sincerely hope they weren’t. They both gave such a bitter sweet account of Afghanistan, a land that’s so far away and yet so often in the news. Of how things used to be in that distant country, and of how they are today. The books are both eye openers and I can’t recommend either of them highly enough.
The quote below is one I remember most, from the Kite Runner. It’s so brutally simplistic. Yet so very true. How did we make everything in the world so complicated? And The Mountains echoed is, as you’ve probably gathered by now, Khaled Hosseini’s third book. It’s been five long years since the last one. I can’t wait.
There is only one sin, only one. And that is the sin of theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft. Do you understand that? … When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness. … There is no act more wretched than stealing.