The novel opens with a father’s haunting folktale about a monstrous div, a giant of Afghan folklore, who knocks on the door of a poor family and demands that a favorite son be surrendered. When the father sets out to reclaim the child, the div shows him to be living happily in a paradise, playing with other children. The father is given a choice: Either take the boy home to a grim life in a village blighted by drought, or leave him where he is — with the promise to never see him again. It is a fable meant to prepare the children of Saboor, the poor Afghan father telling the story, for the coming rupture in their own lives when three-year-old Pari is separated from her beloved brother Abdullah and sold to a wealthy couple in Kabul. The consequences of this desperate act echo down through the generations, radiating from Afghanistan to France, Greece, and America.
The novel reads much like a series of linked short stories, with each chapter focusing on a primary character who shares a connection, by blood or fate, to the novel’s central tragedy. Spanning decades, continents, and generations, And the Mountains Echoed is a powerfully woven story of the joys, sorrows, sacrifices, and betrayals that both bind and fracture families.
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• Character analysis
• Focus points and themes
• Writing style and structure
• Important quotes from the novel
• Book club discussion questions
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