Type: Process Essays
Sample donated: Woodrow Rowe
Last updated: July 12, 2019
Brianna Isabella Reyes 11/27/17Ms. Taccone Period DAnd The Mountains Echoed by Khaled HosseiniIn the book And The Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini, different perspectives are set for each chapter. Each person has a unique conflict.
The first chapter was told by Saboor, the father of Pari and Abdullah. There is no established conflict until chapter two, which is told by Abdullah. His problem is losing his sister when his Father, Saboor, sells her to another family.
It is clear in the story that Abdullah doesn’t know how to process that he won’t see his sister, Pari, for a long time.In the third chapter, Parwana, tells the story of how she married her husband, Saboor. Parwana fell in love with Saboor before he knew her. Saboor fancied her sister, Masooma, and got engaged to her.
Parwana was jealous of looks and relationship, so she pushed Masooma off a tree. Masooma fell, and ended being paralyzed. The engagement was canceled. Parwana took care of her sister, that is until Saboor wanted to court Parwana. She had to choose between her sister and the marriage. Parwana left with Saboor and never saw Masooma ever again. Parwana’s story is like Abdullah’s story because both characters were stripped of a relationship with their sisters, however for very different reasons.
The fourth chapter is written in letter format. It is told by Nabi, who is Parwana and Masooma’s brother. He works as a cook and chauffeur for the Wahdati family. Mr. Wahdati marries Mrs. Wahdati, and Nabi is the first one to suggest that the couple adopt their own child, Pari. Saboor consents to giving his daughter away but blames Nabi for ruining Saboor’s family.
Pari grows up not knowing of Abdullah and Saboor, she even thinks of Nabi as her servant instead of uncle. Ms. Wahdati leaves her husband. She takes Pari to Paris, leaving Nabi and Mr. Wahdati behind to grow old together. Before he dies, Mr.
Wahdati confesses that he always loved Nabi and gives all his property to him. Nabi, dying, invites a group of doctors to stay at the house during their studies. He writes a letter, leaving it behind for Dr. Markos to read. Nabi tells Dr.
Markos to find Pari, to tell her she has a brother called Abdullah. This is a major event in the story because it is the turning point where a solution is being developed. Abdullah and Pari are separated from each other and raised apart, and Pari has no idea of this. Abdullah was promised he would see his sister again; it has been years. From Nabi’s letter, somebody will let Pari know about Abdullah- and hopefully, she will search for him.
Nabi’s letter is the start of Pari and Abdullah reunion.For the first time reading this book, it gives a very involved and present reading experience. As I read on and find new things, the book seem to get more intense and intriguing. Some may say that being told in different perspectives makes it hard to follow, but it expands .
Each chapter is somehow related to the others, and some reveal hidden information from other chapters. The book has done a great job of translating Afghan culture, while incorporating some of the native language to enhance that effect. This book, like most stories by the author, talks about things that are taboo in western culture. Topics on the severity of poverty and adoption, in exchange for money, aren’t discussed. For example, Wahdati confesses his love for Nabi, who doesn’t know how to respond but stays loyal to Wahdati. The author introduces the concept homosexuality and acceptance. That said, this book is ideal for mature kids.
It introduces an awareness for neglected themes that ought to be talked about. The themes and real-life issues in this book are something that all people should be conscious of. I am excited to continue reading, and interested to see what other themes may lie in this book. Is Pari going to believe that she has another family? Will Abdullah even want to see Pari after all those years?