THE FINAL POST! :(

So I have now reached my final post.. To be honest, has this assignment been very knowledgeable, enjoyable and exciting. I have learned a lot of things about the book that I never even for a second had thought about, and that’s a good thing right?

Not only have I learned about the book, but also have I improved my english writing. It’s easier for me to write a blog post now than it was a couple of weeks ago, and I didn’t even realize that until my last posts.
I also have to admit that I wasn’t pumped or stoked at all for putting so much effort and work to this blog, but now I understand how much more prepared I am for the report/analysis I am going to write. I actually do have several ideas too, and can’t wait to get started.

I feel like am a much more observant reader now, and more critcal to what I read.
When you study, and think about what you actually know about the book.. Do you automatically become more observant; to read between the lines and fulfilled with much more information. Well, I am not sure that happens with everyone, buuuut I have to say it happened to me, so it might happen to you too! If you’re lucky, hehe..

There’s of course many things that I want to say about this whole assignment, but my last claim is how fascinated I was of my classmates. They have given me a lot of ideas, and I have actually learned several new words that I can add to my vocabulary. I also like their comments, and support. Despite these things, do I again have to admit something; That they had very good blogs! I even came to be quite jealous of the way they were writing, the arguments, their language and the list goes on and on..

Writing a blog is a very productive way of working with a book, series, movie or whatever that you have in mind. If you’re thinking about it, don’t hesitate and just get started with it. So thank you for reading my blog, and who knows? Maybe I will see you in my next blog!

Goodbye for now ūüôā

THE THEME

For today’s post am I going to explain what the book really is about. By that, I mean the meaning, the message, the body and the soul of the book behind what is written and the characters, which in other words can be said as the theme. The theme is one of the most important things in a novel, that is the beauty of it according to me. A novel is a source to feelings, but also knowledge and history, and that should fill you with more understanding of it.

So if I were to describe the book with one word, it would be family; The way a family connects, the love of a family and the reunion. For sure is there a lot of words you could use, but despite every meaning is family in my opinion the most important word of them all. Anyhow.. While I was writing this post, did I research a bit, and coincidentally were Khaled Hosseini the author himself and other readers also saying that the theme is family. I was glad, glad that I had the same perpective and view of the book as others, and had not misunderstood. To be honest was it quite a relief!

I assume you want to know why “family” possibly can be the theme? To make a long story short am I going to tell you why; There are two ciblings with much love for each other, and they get separated in a young age.. So after every person after you follow trough out the story, do all of those people reunite them from different parts of the world. Everyone are connected to the ciblings somehow.

.. And that’s why it is the theme of the novel.

POINT OF VIEW

For this post I am going to inform you guys about the point of view in the book.

So the book has a mixture of an alternating, first person and omniscient point of view. The alternating point of view is when the perspective changes between several characters. This can also be called third person “less limited”. Omniscient is when an impersonal narrator seems to be reading thoughts of several characters, even in the same chapter.

I would say that the book has mostly a first person point of view in most of the circumstances. I do count on you knowing what first person point of view is, but to make sure that we’re all at the same page (including myself) am I going to explain what it is very short anyway. So when we talk about first person is it when an “I” person tells the story. Easy as that!

As I have mentioned earlier is the novel divided in several stories becoming one, so for each story that’s being told is also the point of view switched. According to me is it quite important to know the perspective and thoughts of each main character in the novel, so that we can get to know, and be more familiar with the conditions of the content.

It suits the book well to have an alternating point of view, so I picked up some examples from the book proving what I am saying about the point of view.

Examples:

Page 1
“So then. You want a story and I will tell you one. But just the one. Don’t either of you ask me for more.” – first person.

Page 135
“He was repeatedly trying, and failing, to perform some task with his right arm, and I noticed with horror that a line of spittle was streaking down from the corner of his mouth” “Nabi! Do something!”.- third person less limited.

BOOK ANALYSIS OR REPORT?

So I haven’t decided if I’m going to write a book anlysis or report¬†after I’ve read the book.. In my opinion I think I’m better at writing book reports, but I also want to challenge myself to choose something I can improve my writing skills on. What do you guys think?

My book in general can be a bit difficult to analyze because of all the different characters, and stories troughout the whole story. Therefore I think that it can be a challenge for me to explain everything, considering that it is a book with so much actions and characters. For sure I need to take this challenge because whether it is an analysis, or report will both options need some sort of explanation, and analyzation of the book in one way or another.

However and after all.. Am I¬†now pretty sure that it will be a report. The reason for that is¬†because a book report does focus more on my point of view of the book, so¬†I¬†can write about how¬†I understood the book,¬†while an analysis does focus more on the author’s point of view. To make sure that I will do my task right will I go for the report, but¬†for sure¬†isn’t it¬†that difficult to make an analysis of the book as I make it seem to be haha… It’s just that I have thought a lot about which option that would suit me best, and after all this thinking I think I have come to an agreement with myself.

This post was actually meant to be posted yesterday, but since I had a test today I¬†prioritized my other subject. I hope¬†that’s fine for this time.

THE SETTING

For this post I am going to talk about the setting of the novel. If I remember right I actually mentioned something about the setting from my earlier post about “the first chapter”, but¬†I thought it would be better¬†to elaborate the setting more now that we know some of the content¬†of the book.

So this book is focusing in a big perspective of time periodes, and that’s also some of the reasons why the book has gotten so much credit. In my opinion do not many authors¬†have the ability to write so many stories from different parts of the world, in such different time periods to become one story where everything falls together! And that is what Khaled Hosseini is doing.

The book starts in Afghanistan the fall 1952 and continues until chapter three where it skips a few years forward until the spring in 1949, but the place is still Afghanistan.
Then all the way to chapter four you get a new story at a new place, but you still don’t know the time period. So since I have read the book in Norwegian before,¬†I think the time period¬†has gone forward until¬†the 21th century, but it will go back in time¬†later in the book if I remember right.. I will update you¬†with the information about those chapters as soon as I’ve read them, hehe!
However, when you reach chapter six it goes back in time to France in february 1974 so we’ll know what happened to the other characters, and then it goes¬†forward again to the 21th century and continues in a more likely chronological direction¬†until the rest of the Chapters.

Least but not last I want to inform that the book is¬†following it’s characters, and the ramifications of their lives and choices, and loves around the globe. Therefore it goes from¬†places all the way from¬†Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, to the Greek island of Tinos and that’s why the story expands gradually outward.

I will update you with more information about the different places and years when I’ve read them, because it’s actually a lot to tell about. So I’ll see you as soon as possible!

THE FIRST CHAPTER

I have now read the first¬†chapter of the book,¬†and my thoughts are wow! I really like¬†how the book starts, it’s so¬†well written¬†and¬†it just¬†makes me want to¬†read more and more..¬†I also love how¬†much¬†I¬†can relate to this book from my own¬†experiences, wich¬†I’m going¬†to talk about sooner, but for now..¬†I am going to¬†tell¬†you¬†guys how the book starts!

The fall in 1952 there is a Father who’s telling his children, little Pari and the older Brother¬†Abdullah¬†a good night story before they fall asleep.. So their father starts telling about a happening at¬†a small village called Maidan Sabz in Afghanistan.¬†So¬†there is¬†this¬†happy little family of Baba Ayub (Baba meaning father). Baba Ayub is a hard working man who provides and parents the dearest and most precious people in his life; His family.¬†One day¬†there’s this¬†“monster” passing their¬†village and pick out a¬†family he¬†wants to¬†kidnap a child from. It ends up being Baba Ayub’s family, so they get to decide which one of their children.¬†The family¬†are now¬†having a rough time about¬†which child they¬†have to give away. So they pick randomly¬†one of the children, and¬†it ends up¬†with being their youngest son¬†Qais. Qais was actually Baba Ayub’s favorite even though he loved all his children, but he couldn’t recist his love for dear Qais. Therefore was every day after¬†a grief¬† for Baba Ayub until he decided to go after his son.. So the question at the end of this chapter is: If your favorite¬†child was happy somewhere in the world, and you had two choices: You could take the child back and never know if they would live happy like that again¬†because of your own selfishness and happiness,¬†or you could abandon your child forever and never see¬†him/her again.. What would you do?

There’s a quote saying “You never know how much your parents loved you until you have a child to love”, which I think suits this chapter well.

ABOUT

Hi, and welcome to my new blog! In this blog I am going to write my thoughts, facts and other useful stuff about the book “And the mountains echoed”. I think this blog will be a good source for those of you who are thinking about reading the book or already have read it, but want to understand more about it and it’s background. The reason that I’ve chosen this book is because Khaled Hosseini is one of my favorite authors of all time, and I have also read his books before and I loved them. I read this book in Norwegian last year, and know I have decided to read it in English too because i prefer english books.

I hope you enjoy the blog, and I’ll see you later!