And the mountains echoed
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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Family Ties and Roots. Sacrifice. Duty and Morality.
This story mainly focuses on one family, although it spans a few generations and branches out to other lives that are involved. The ties that bind this family together are at times loose and disconnected or are wound so tightly, that it can, in extreme cases, be the bond that smothers. However, there are several other key players involved with the main family that are not “blood” related but adopt family member roles and, in some cases, become more “family” than blood relatives. Conversely, in the case of Nila, a family bond with her “acquired” daughter, Pari, is tenuous, suggesting that family connections cannot be forced, either. It is the strength of Pari’s connection with her estranged brother that haunts her life as she feels a strong void within her although she never really understands why. It is only in their reuniting near the end of the book, where their family story feels accomplished.
Why is the story appropriate for the targeted groups of RSP readers?
What are the distinguished readers interests reflected by this book/story?
Why is this story motivational for the pupils?
The story describes the problems of immigrants. This motif coincides mostly with family ties, and thus, the morality of the amount of obligation people have to each other becomes even more difficult.
Is there a historical, political, multi/inter cultural, migrant or similar context recognized in this book/story?
The eight stories are based on the story of Abdullah who has lost his sister, each chapter has a hidden moral. They describe different social classes and family bonds.
Is there a principle of inclusion reflected in this book/story and does it promotes understanding of cultural diversities and heritage?
The difficulties between step parents and children are depicted and the importance of cultural heritage.