Our staff readers have prepared this list of discussion questions for those reading And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. We hope you will read with us and take part in the conversation.
Discussion Questions for And the Mountains Echoed
1. What is the significance of the title, And the Mountains Echoed?
2. The novel begins with a tale of extraordinary sacrifice that has ramifications through generations of families. What do you think of Saboor’s decision to let the adoption take place? Ultimately, do you think Pari would have had a happier life if she had stayed with her birth family?
3. This book features a number of relationships and their development over distance and time. How does the juxtaposition of different life stories and characters enable the reader to get a glimpse of the complex nature of relationships?
4. In Chapter 8 Markos describes human behavior as messy and unpredictable. Is this thought positive or negative and why?
5. Think of other sacrifices that are made throughout the book. Are there certain choices that are easier than others? Is Saboor’s sacrifice when he allows Pari to be adopted easier or more difficult than Parwana’s sacrifice of her sister? How are they similar and how are they different?
6. Which motives do the different characters in the book have to help or not to help others? Which conclusions can we draw from this about self-sacrifice and altruism?
7. Who is your favorite character and why?
8. Which diverse reasons for migration does this book present?
9. “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, / there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” The author chose this thirteenth-century Rumi poem as the epigraph for the book. Discuss the novel in light of this poem. What do you think he is saying about rightdoing and wrongdoing in the lives of his characters, or in the world?
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