遠山的回音 – AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED, BY KHALED HOSSEINI

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簡介

大家勞動節快樂!時間過得好快,竟然已經5月了耶~
今天我來公佈我們5月讀書會書籍,是《追風箏的孩子》作者胡賽尼的最新作《遠山的回音》。據說是作者迄今最好看的小說,關於一個家族的愛、背叛和分離的故事,會讓讀者感動和冒著雞皮疙瘩並含淚讀完結局!我最愛看會大笑大哭的書了~~
無論看中文還是英文版的朋友都歡迎加入,我們5/31再來討論喔

– 定書網址:https://mssl.eslite.com/main/product/2217529
– PO心得和討論日期:5月31日

書評

Hey guys, I have to admit when I first saw this month’s book selection I was a bit reluctant (it was my partner’s selection this month). Not only is this book about Afghanistan (which I know NOTHING about), but it’s also about brotherly/family love. People that know me would know I’m not into the cuddly, sweet-talking, fuzzy love thing, especially when it comes to family. So yes, although I was reluctant I still kept an open mind while reading it, thinking one of the advantages of having a book club is to make you read books you usually wouldn’t read, and boy I have to say it was SUCH a nice surprise!

I really liked the book. To be more precise, I loved Hosseini’s ability to tell stories, how he can hook you right into any story and he can describe with words with such precision the feelings and emotions we can all identify with in the face of family, disease and aging. Throughout the course of the book, it actually  made me think about my own family, about dealing with siblings, about the different kinds of love and how they are displayed differently from and for every person. It tells the story of family love beautifully, and its bitter-sweet ending left me crying!

***DISCLAIMER: BELOW SECTION CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!*** If you haven’t read the book but would like to then come back when you’re done 🙂

Book Overview
The story line revolves around the love and bond of a brother and his little sister, Abdullah and Pari, who are torn apart during their childhood. Their father loves them deeply, however because he cannot provide for them as well as he’d like to, he has no choice but to ‘sell’ his little girl to a wealthy family, in hopes that she will have a better future even if it’s without them. In spite of the shock of this arrangement at the beginning of the book, it slowly unveils the different stories, motives and regrets behind each of the characters involved, covering 3 continents over the course of 50 years.

It is a story about true family, not just love and nurture, but also regret, sickness, wound and betrayal. To me it shows how beautiful family can be, but at the same time how hurtful and unruly the world really is. Definitely a book for thought.

Discussion Questions:
Below questions are just a discussion guide, please feel free to discuss anything and everything!
1. The story starts with the shocking adoption of Pari by the Wahdatis. This was actually caused by Nabi as it was he who’d suggested it to Nila, but it was also him who reunites them both after his death. What do you think of Saboor, Nila and Nabi’s decision? Who do you agree and like the most and why? Do you think Pari would have been happier if she’d stayed with Saboor?

2. Throughout the book there are several sacrifices that are made: Saboor to give up Pari, Parwana to leave her sister, Nila to leave Mr. Wahdati, Markos’s mom to let her son go…etc. Do you think they are all equally difficult? Are they all worthy? To whom in terms of family members is it the most difficult?

3. “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, / there is a field. I’ll meet you there." The book raises many deep questions about the wavering line between right and wrong, and whether it is possible to be purely “good"—or purely “bad." What do you think after reading the novel: Are good intentions enough to create good deeds? Can positive actions come from selfish motivations? Can bad come from positive intent? How do you think this novel would define a good person?

4. What do you think the title of the book “And the Mountains Echoed" means and why was it chosen? What does it have to do with the story of the book?

Welcome anyone to discuss these and/or raise any other interesting points you found in the book! 🙂 x, Lilly

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Hi大家!首先我必須承認我當出看到這個月書單時我有點擔心,畢竟這不是我通常會選的書。故事背景不但在阿富汗(對此文化非常不了解)情節也是在講家庭、兄妹的愛。認識我的人應該知道我平常不會選這種(當初自以為是)感性的書,所以一開始看得時候有點保留,但沒想到最後我超投入,愛上作者說故事的能力並看到結局大哭!很開心可透過讀書會看些平常不會接觸到的書籍 🙂

我還蠻喜歡這本書的,最主要是喜歡上作者說故事的技巧,能讓讀者完全投入在書裡的各個情節。書裡的故事不僅談到家庭,更是cover到友情、生病和老化。從頭到尾我不停的聯想到我自己的家停、我和兄弟姊妹的關係,也不停的在觀查每個人對不同人表示愛的方式。這本書把家停的愛和關懷敘述的很美,我完全沒想到會看到大哭呀~

關於內容
這本書的故事環繞在一對兄妹,Abdullah對小妹Pari的愛。出生於阿富汗鄉下的貧窮家庭裡,他們的父親為了要讓Pari有更好的未來狠下心的把小女兒賣給有錢的家庭。在書的一開始就發生這件事,而接下來整個故事是透過一連串的相關人物和故事所拼湊成的,涵蓋了3大洲和50年。

這是關於家人的真愛,不只是愛與關懷,同時也包含了實際面的後悔、生病、受傷和背叛。對我個人而言,這是本提醒我家人可是多麼美好,同時我們卻要面臨這殘酷世界的事實。絕對是本值得看得書。

討論問題
討論問題僅工參考,若有其他想法也歡迎討論!
1. 書的開頭就發現Wahdati家庭領養Pari。這是Nabi給Nila的建議,但最後也是Nabi讓這兩個人能再次相遇。你覺得Saboor、Nila和Nabi如何?你最喜歡和認同誰的做法?你覺得若Pari持續待在Saboor家,她會更快樂嗎?

2. 整個故事裡有許多犧牲的小片刻:Saboor犧牲自己的女兒、Parwana犧牲親姊姊、Nila離開先生等。你認為所有這些犧牲都一樣難熬嗎?它們都值得嗎?對哪種角色最困難?

3. “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, / there is a field. I’ll meet you there." (書的題詞)這本書探討許多對和錯的議題,和是否一個人或一件事可被視為完全對或錯。看完書後你覺得好的心意就足夠能證實手段嗎?自私的出發點能造成好的結果嗎?你覺得怎樣才算是個“好“的人?

4. 你認為“遠山的回音“這書名是甚麼意思?為何作者會選它?這跟故事有什麼關連性?

任何人想加入討論或提其他討論問題都很歡迎喔!x, Lilly

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