The following discussion questions for And the Mountains Echoed were created by our member Julia. We freely share our original discussion questions, but please consider including a credit and link to our website.
- In the beginning of the book, you meet Saboor, his second wife, Parwana, and his two children, Abdullah and Pari. Woven in this family are two heart-wrenching sacrifices: Saboor’s decision to give up (or sell?) his daughter; Pari and Parwana’s decision to leave her sister (Masooma) to die in the desert.
- Were these acts done out of kindness or were they self-serving?
- Is one worse than the other?
- How are sacrifices “echoed” in these relationships as well?
- Is sacrifice the underlying theme of the book…like an echo through time?
- Can good circumstances come from selfish motivations?
- Does good intent always yield a positive outcome?
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