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And the Mountains Echoed | Study Guide

Khaled Hosseini

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Khaled Hosseini

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Perspective and Narrator

Each of the book's nine chapters has a unique narrator. Chapters 8 and 9 are narrated in the first person. Two chapters feature first-person narration through documents presented within the construct of the novel. The remaining chapters are told in the third-person limited perspective, each focusing on the experience of a different character.


Using a mixture of past and present tenses, the nonchronological narrative covers events from the second half of the 20th century through the first decade of the 21st century.

About the Title

Author Khaled Hosseini writes in the acknowledgments that the title is a reference to "Nurses Song," a poem by British poet William Blake (1757–1827) that celebrates childhood innocence. In the poem the hills echo with the happy noises of children at play. The title also evokes the mountains of rural Afghanistan, the story's central setting. Finally, the title is a nod to the novel's thematic preoccupation with how a single act creates reverberations throughout time and space that cannot be anticipated.


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