Have you ever read Khaled Hosseini?

 “For you, a thousand times over.

One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.

I now know that some people feel unhappiness the way others love: privately, intensely, and without recourse.

So what these all quotes are for? And more importantly whose quotes are these? Well, anyone who can figure out the answers to above questions can easily descry that these are by none other than ‘Khaled Hosseini’. All are in the chronological order of his books’ arrival. His three best-sellers : ‘The Kite Runner‘, ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns‘, and ‘And The Mountains Echoed‘ came within the course of ten years. It’s huge, isn’t it? Just three novels in ten years. But as they say, it takes time to carve a masterpiece, and with Khaled, it’s about to come up with a new master-piece every time.

The degree with which I liked his novels is in the order of they came out. That means ‘The Kite Runner’ effortlessly grabbed five stars from me, while ‘A Thousand Splendid suns’ bagged four dot five stars. I was struck hard by both the novels, my heart flinched at times, my lips smiled at few places, my eyes got moistened at other occasions, but I still liked his debut novel better than second. Though if the generalized idea is taken into consideration, his second novel has been given better rating than his debut one. But this is not the first time with me. I generally fall for what others don’t. I am yet to figure out if it has something to do with me or others.

Anyhow, his third novel, And The Mountains Echoed, could garner only three dot five stars. Reason being the measure of complications it had. Among these three, his third work has maximum number of characters and so the ample number of different locations. This was a different approach which he used but it didn’t go that well for him, or shall I say with me. These many characters did justice to their roles, but another misallocated purpose of serving readers with bewilderment was also fulfilled. Also, the dangling ending of a few chapters which were expected to be completed by the end of the book were left half-way. Probably, this is what Khaled wanted but I feel those chapters deserved to be completed; they could have given more intensity to his work.
This book is written in three major parts with smaller chapters within each; I loved the first part. It held such incidents which made my heart heavy and eyes wet. I really wished the other two parts could do the same to me. Nonetheless, I enjoyed this book too, maybe not the way I did other two, but third book too had Khaled’s flavour, his touch.

Why do I love his work? World where we already have enough grayness and darkness around, why to read and get involved in stories of betrayal and gloominess? The answer to it would be to do justice to such works as a reader. And I am a reader first then a writer. There are many people who write on plain topics, but only a few can leave an impact. There’re many who touch you at some level but rare are the ones who can choke you with intensity of the emotion in such a way you close your eyes and wish that you were not living that character.

All I want to say is – Khaled Hosseini is the one of those who knows when to touch which nerve of a human to make him smile or cry or jump in surprise, and I am in deep fondness of his work.

If you haven’t read him, it’s time you give him a chance. For those who are looking for a book to get started with reading, his books are one of the best choices you can kick start your reading with.

P.S. – I created the first and roughest draft of this post when I finished reading Khaled’s third novel. That was by the end of last year, 2016. But due to some reason or the other it stayed as a draft with me like many others. Here I am posting the honed write-up after four months. The delay, though, hasn’t altered my views in any way. In fact, re-reading this post has made me realize why I should re-read him, as reading him, I know, would never get enough for me.

I’d love to listen to your views, which need not to be in alignment with mine, on his work if you’ve read it. Do share them in comments section. 🙂



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31 thoughts on “Have you ever read Khaled Hosseini?

    1. It indeed is a pleasure to have the whole collection, which is small and thus economical too, of Hosseini’s.😍
      If you loved TKR, you would love ATSS too. For ATME, do give me your feedback when you get done reading it.☺️


    1. Can understand. Third book did lack the depth; even if the depth was there the chaos and confusion the numerous characters and locations created towered over it. Though I still loved the first part of ATME. And if the start of the book pissed you off then it better stay in bookshelf.😁😄
      Which one did you like/love more among the other two?🙂


  1. I’ve read ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’, which has left strong imagery with me, and I learned so much about the culture, religion, etc. Must look at the other two, though I have seen the kite runner film. A wonderful writer!

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    1. Hey Lynne!😃
      One of the clear factors that is common in all his three works is the background of Afghanistan and the Afghan characters. This is a wonderful way of teaching world about a culture and religion; this way even the reader who isn’t curious to know about other cultures, learn about a new one without even realizing it.
      I haven’t seen the movie yet. But you please read AKR. I assure you it would give you the same or may be more pleasure you received while reading ATSS.☺️
      A wonderful writer-he undoubtedly is!❤️


  2. I love his books too. Haven’t read the third book, but the Thousand Splendid Suns was one of the first and the best books of the author that I read. I still remember the characters Miriam and Laila and the story very vividly. The author really writes very strong characters 😊

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    1. Yes, Shweta, he is a magician and so only magic is what he knows to create. The intensity of the characters, the profound depth of the scenes, all contribute to a great story.
      Do share your feedback with me if you happen to read his third book-And The Mountains Echoed (I loved the first part of the book.)☺️


  3. I have read his first two books and very soon going to start reading the third one.
    Yes he is also one of my favorite author and I admire his ability to create such simple and astounding character, who despite living a simple life have a huge heart and depict emotions in a situation which leaves you spellbound and high.

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    1. Absolutely, Vishal.
      The characters are relatable and at times the struggles too. Only a person with deep understanding of emotions can weave such intense characters, which don’t seem phony.
      Anyhow, do share your review with me when you get done with the third one.☺️

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  4. I had read him in backward way…third first followed by the second…first one I haven’t still read because for last couple of months am on Poirot…it’s a break you can say…after I completing Poirot I’ll read the first…so in that sense I like And the Mountains Echoed more than the A Thousand Splendid Suns…the way the third novel is intriguing though one or two portions seems to me dragging one or just pushed in to make it a novel…like that of Idris…this portion seems to be wrote to describe the war-torn country in details…in case of A Thousand Splendid Suns, it’s just like that of a war film where hero and heroine need to meet through hardships and all…it’s dragging at most portions and seems to be in-need-of-edit…

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    1. Hey!
      Our views are that of the extreme opposites with Hosseini’s work.😄
      But again, what worked for you didn’t really had to work for me too. The experience of reading, a lot of times, depends on the mood of reader too; moods can define one’s experience of reading a book/novel.
      If you didn’t like ATSS, I don’t know if AKR would go well with you. But give it a shot. And if you do read it, please share with me how you liked it.☺️


  5. I completely agree with you Aditi, that the first book was much more great than the second one. I have yet to read the third one.

    I recently completed ATSS, bit honestly speaking it was not worth spending time and money on reading 420 pages fatty book with no great climax.

    I was disappointed that I thought I’d not read the third one.

    Anyway, TKR would always be on my top list.

    Great reviews Aditi. 😊❤

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    1. Thank you, Sumit!😃😍
      And ATSS might haven’t have a splendid ending but seeing the turns and twists through out the book, its end probably needed to be bit plain. But I do agree AKR has to be on the top.😍
      For ATME, I would suggest you to go through if you really like Hosseini. It would definitely not stand anywhere near TKR, but again what didn’t work for me doesn’t mean wouldn’t work for you too. So you can give it a try and can always leave it halfway if it doesn’t work for you.😉


  6. Couldn’t have agreed with you more. I think I was reading ‘The Kite Runner’ while travelling in a train with my friend. And I must have looked like a wreck as I was teary eyed. I usually ramble when I am too emotional and with a choked voice I had told my friend, if I ever become an author, God please make me like Khaled Hosseini. His works are so moving. And I also agree with you; the multiple characters in ‘And the Mountains Echoed’ and lack of closure to some of them made me like the book a little less.

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    1. I am glad I found people like me who are in deep aw with his work.😊
      ATME could have had the same impact if it were like other two. But as it is said-you won’t know what will work for you until and unless you try it-so for his third book he tried which didn’t turn out that well. Nevertheless, I liked third book too if not loved. Waiting for his fourth one.🙂

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    1. True, Pradita. It is one of those books which I am sure I won’t mind reading again, and again, and again.😍
      Movie, that I don’t have as of now. But as you have suggested, I will try to get it from somewhere. Till now I have just watched the movie adaptation of Lee’s “To will a Mocking Bird.”

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