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this novel is a major literary debut which explores the class, culture, power, and desire among the ruling and servant class of Pakistan. It is a collection of linked stories which illuminate place and people through the examination of the entwined lives of land owners and their retainers on the Gurmani family in the countryside, outside of Lahore.
What makes this book stand out?
The author portrays at times humorously, at times tragically, the complexities of Pakistan class and culture and presents a vivid picture of a time and place, of the old powers and the new, as the Pakistan feudal orders are undermined and transformed.
Read it for
The author invites the reader to a richly human and wondrous experience.
Don't read it for
The stories don't follow each other and have no connection.