I really liked this book and its characters. From the cover blurb - "the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page." Indeed, Hosseini begins with a father telling a fable to his children. Then Hosseini himself tells us a story from that fable - it was as if I could hear his voice as I read.
p. 24 The day's colors slowly dissolved into gray, and the distant mountain peaks became opaque silhouettes of crouching giants.
Khaled Hosseini's descriptions blended with dialogue, inner thought, and thoughtful observations enhance the reading experience. When I closed the book after the last page, I was very satisfied with the journey And the Mountains Echoed.