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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (July 2 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140148116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140148114
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,732,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great fiction with just enough amount of history! July 14 2008
By The One Eyed Turtle - Published on
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Bapsi Sidhwa is an extraordinary writer. She seems to capture the essence of culture and tradition within Pakistan.
The characters are well formed and the author follows this journey quite well with a mesh of "why" for the unanswered cultural questions.
This is a part of the world that evokes great ambivalence for me the reader, because I want to criticize the abuse of women and can't seem to understand why they don't run away. Sidhwa anticipates this feeling and tries to resolve it in her novel.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
beautifully written Nov. 26 2013
By a cup of coffee and a fairy tale - Published on
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a very beautifully written book which describes the state of women in eastern countries. all has been said about on how it portrays pakistan in a bad light and women have all the freedom there. but i would love to see some intellectual souls seeing he book as a piece of literature.

here is a quote from the book: a beautifully written passage

"A knot of dancing, laughing children had circled an almost limbless beggar. Every time he succeeded in sitting upright the children playfully knocked him over. The men in the bazaar picked their teeth laughed indulgently. She had noticed this cruel habit of jeering at deformities before, and sick to her stomach wanted to scream at the men to stop the children. ‘They’ll wonder why you are fussing,’ Farukh had said, laughing himself, ‘They won’t see your point of view at all, dear – every nation has its own outlet for cruelty.’ Perhaps he was right. In preventing natural outlets for cruelty the developed countries had turned hypocritical and the repressed heat had exploded in nuclear mushrooms. They did not laugh at deformities: they manufactured them."

words like "angrez", "put puttering", "zennanah" only add to a whiff of eastern scent to the story.

it also well describes the state of women all over the world which will call for your empathy towards women.

Carol meanwhile lay in her room, staring into the dark. ‘. . . asked for it,’ isn’t that what Farukh had said?
Women the world over, through the ages, asked to be murdered, raped, exploited, enslaved, to get importunately impregnated, beaten-up, bullied and disinherited. It was an immutable law of nature.

even thought the story is a little slow paced and involves too many characters, they are well designed to fit the bill. i absolutely loved the book. shall definitely read more books by the author.

leaving you with a beautiful stanza by iqbal, which again is mentioned in the book.

" Khudi ko kar buland itna, Heighten your ‘khudi’ to such majesty, ke har takdeer say pahaylay that before every turn of fate Khuda banday say khud poochay, God himself asks man – ‘Buta teri raza kya hai?’ ‘Tell me, what do you wish?’"
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
fabulous book! Oct. 26 2011
By Sally - Published on
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This is one of the best books I have read in years. It is a fascinating story as well as a page turner. I couldn't put it down.
wonderful but sad Nov. 27 2010
By apocalypse blonde - Published on
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a sad but beautiful tale that starts with the violent a train massacre that were all too common during the partician in india. taking place in pakistan, a girl grows up with an adopted father who marries her off to a man from his pashton village. if you dont know the pashtons they are a very old world kind of people living in the rocky and mountianous areas between afghanistan and pakistan. if you can't handle some domestic violence and alot of gore (gore in the prologue) don't read this book but if you want to learn something about partician, read the book. and while this book does focus on something that could happen in arranged marriages, remember, don't read this and be like "omg those third world countries." *laugh*
You will not be able to put down this book until you are finished reading it! April 4 2010
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This book was well written and I could not put it down, once I started reading it. It's a tragic story of a young girl who uses her wit and determination to escape from her brutal husband and his sadistic family. It makes one question a culture which allows such heinous acts toward women and young girls, and our helplessness against abuse against women all over the world.

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