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Back in Karachi for his father's funeral, Daanish, a young Pakistani changed by his years at an American university, is entranced by Dia, a fiercely independent heiress to a silk factory in the countryside. Their illicit affair will forever rupture two households and three families, destroying a stable present built on the repression of a bloody past.In this sweeping novelBack in Karachi for his father's funeral, Daanish, a young Pakistani changed by his years at an American university, is entranced by Dia, a fiercely independent heiress to a silk factory in the countryside. Their illicit affair will forever rupture two households and three families, destroying a stable present built on the repression of a bloody past.In this sweeping novel of modern Pakistan, Uzma Aslam Khan takes us from the stifling demands of tradition and family to the daily oppression of routine political violence, from the gorgeous sensual vistas of the silk farms to the teeming streets of Karachi--stinking, crumbling, and corrupt....

Title : Trespassing
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Number of Pages : 448 Pages
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Trespassing Reviews

  • Pedro Varanda
    2019-04-29 08:09

    Ao fim de 20 páginas eu já tinha a clara convicção que não ia gostar deste livro. E não entendo porque insisti em ler todas as 500 páginas deste livro. Tenho definitivamente que aprender a abandonar livros que não me ofereçam nada. Sobre este livro em si que posso eu dizer? É uma historieta de amor no Paquistão moderno, com uma escrita tão "levezinha" que quase se evapora entre os dedos. Não recomendo.

  • Hira
    2019-05-14 06:08

    I am not a regular when it comes to fiction, but this book opened up more about the place where I come from, the life in Pakistan, from bureaucrats dinners to the American academic system... If you really want to know about the people who are not just from Pakistan but from India as well..go for this one! Because somewhere in the novel i felt that this is exactly what is going on in India as well, same stories...same motherhood level.. the corruption, the tales of pretending to have qualities but in the end blaming each other for the bad times.. and not to forget the confused society where men are superior to women (without knowing why? or even considering this question! ) ..This book is a wonderful example of how people in east make their decisions..their fears and more importantly what they think! At last, all my thanks/praises to Uzma Aslam Khan (Author of Trespassing) Bless you!

  • David Maine
    2019-04-25 08:04

    What a great book! Multiple strands of storyline, with parts set in the US, the UK, and the bulk of it in Pakistan. An unsolved murder, a budding love story, a sinister drifter who moves from Pakistan's fishing villages to the big city of Karachi. There is a lot going on here, with comments on th US war in Iraq (the fist one, in 1990) and local corruption too.This is NOT another immigrant narrative, nor is it a sit-around-and-chitchat type of book. There's real teeth here, and while some people may be distracted by the political element, that's really a relatively small part of the drama. It's more than the human stories are played out against a backdrop of larger events, which is after all the way life is for most peple (at least, most people outside the USA). The writing is lovely too, dreamy and poetic yet incisive and sharp when it needs to be. Highly recommended.

  • Mădă
    2019-05-02 08:23

    Niciodată nu mi-au plăcut cărțile cu final deschis. Dar a fost interesantă și cu subiecte provocatoare, care puteau fi mult mai bine exploatate, în loc să se fi pus atâta accent pe detaliile banale. Iar personajele ar fi putut fi mai bine conturate. Aș fi preferat să văd o versiune a poveștii spusă de tatăl protagonistului și nu de fiul bucătarului, care a avut un rol aproape neînsemnat. Până la final, am tot așteptat să explodeze ceva, să fie spuse adevărurile cu voce tare, dar nu s-a întâmplat. Am continuat s-o citesc din cauza fascinației mele pentru poveștile lumii musulmane, dar mă așteptam la mai multă credibilitate.

  • Sorayya Khan
    2019-05-10 03:10

    This is a very successful novel that is am important precursor -- both in complexity and range -- to various English novels about South Asia today. It tells us about interwoven lives (first world/third world world, Pakistan/US, upper/lower classes, older/younger generations, etc.) and explores struggles and aspirations. It is indeed a novel about trespasses, and onel I wish I had read much sooner.

  • Ming
    2019-05-12 02:06

    this is a well written and cleverly crafted story. there are multiple layers and intriguing twists that have the disparate strands within the book intertwine in seamless way.I've also concluded that Khan's writing has, what I consider--to my ears/eyes, an American style or voice. By this, I mean it's up front and especially in this book, doesn't possess much frills and embellishments. (And while there is a prospective bride/groom viewing scene, I was quite pleased that the author did not produce a chick-lit type of book.)The author often uses some scientific item or device as part of the story and does so in an engaging way. Here it is silk and silk-making as well as sea shells. In Thinner than Skin, it was glaciers and their development. And in the Geometry of god, which I started ages ago but will pick up again very soon, she uses fossils.Excellent storytelling all around

  • Sureena
    2019-04-26 05:00

    The story is about Daanish, the doctor's son and Dia, the daughter of a silk merchant who fall in love with each other only to find out that they shared the the same father in the end. In this novel, the author draws a good picture on Pakistani culture, the wellbeing of the city Karachi as to compare to a small city in the US/London and the pressures most Pakistani youngsters faced about arranged marriage. But most of all I'd like to know how is it now in Pakistan if daughters/sons were still not to be given a freedom to choose their own spouse and ended up having illegitimate relationships with the one they loved? This story also reminds me of a few bollywood movies I've watched before. Revolves around more or less the same plots such as wealthy families, arranged marriage, gangsterism and unapproved relationships.

  • Cynthia
    2019-05-18 07:06

    At first it definately caught me into the story, and by the middle I was already building my own ending. Unfortunately a few chapters later I found myself dragged into the conflict of the time (the Gulf war) instead of the story that got me interested at first: The love story between Daanish and Dia and the silk worms. I won't reveal the ending, but for me, at least it left me in the air and with many questions unsolved. I believe that is what made me feel dissapointed. Though it's an entertaining book, it lacks of objectivity at telling the story.

  • Sovotchka
    2019-05-13 05:25

    This review is going to be really short. Mostly because I have absolutely no idea what to write.Uzma Aslam Khan gives us an impression of life in Pakistan today, with all the social, political and economical problems that come with it. And she is quite good at doing that.The problem is the fact that she really only leaves the reader with impressions; to me at least, nothing felt real. Sometimes peculiar storytelling choices also left me wondering what was really going on, and the look at the political situation in the Middle East was sometimes the only thing that helped my find my way through the story.The characters stay rather two-dimensional, considering how much time we spend listening to their over-thinking tailspins. There are chapters from the viewpoints of three main characters, and sometimes they more or less detail the same things from different perspectives. Unfortunately this means that it feels like there's nothing happening, since most of the possibilities only unfold in a character's head.The writing of the dialogue is also rather odd, sometimes drifting into near play-writing, and this put me out of scenes when there was finally something happening.Like I've said before, this is a short review. I couldn't get into the book, I wasn't all that interested in the story, I didn't care for the characters. I'm just happy that I've got other books by Pakistani authors, so that I can avoid Uzma Aslam Khan in the future because we're clearly not a good author-reader fit. (Review crossposted to 238 books in 238 days)

  • Danyal Effendi
    2019-05-17 08:20

    Very engaging story, perfectly created characters, good interlinking and much details about the silkworm farming and country's situation at the time of setting. Nice read.

  • Rashad Raoufi
    2019-05-04 03:21

    it was one of the ebst books i ever read. very poigant, she has sucha gift in describing the 90s pakistani society with all its complexities and contradicitons.

  • Paula
    2019-05-02 03:06

    I only recently discovered this author who has apparently been around for some time (over ten years) and just loved this book. The writing is gorgeous and fiery and really makes you think.

  • Kristin
    2019-05-12 07:22

    Interesting story, good insight into Pakistani and Muslim day-to-day culture. Well developed characters, families and story lines. However, I did get the feeling that the author would rather be writing political exposes on international affairs, if only they would reach more readers than a novel. So instead, she writes a good story, but uses the story to highlight international political realities involving Pakistan and the US.The author often makes accurate, pointed jabs at western/American culture and politics... For example, when the main character lands for a stopover in Germany: "Only those ladies and gentlemen holding American, Canadian, or European passports could disembark for the duration of the stopover. Those naughty others might escape, so they must stay on board."On the West's "War on Terror" post 9-11, particularly in regards to the wars in Iraq:"Graffiti was painted across the brick wall of a warehouse: SAVE AMERICA, KILL AN ARAB. A mosque was attacked, as was a Lebanese restaurant. And in the media, in the place of war coverage, article condemning Islam gained prominence. All the while, bombs dropped on Iraq every thirty seconds. On average, it took Daanish twenty minutes to read each article. On average, the air raids killed 2500 (!) Iraqis daily. Approximately thirty would lose their lives by the time he'd finish reading how much they hated us."On international law and the UN: "I read how the US insists we [Pakistan] sign the nonproliferation treaty... Never mind that not one member of the UN Security Council has signed. Never mind that all five permanent members began the arms race. Never mind that the weapons on our streets come from them, or that US arms continue to escalate."On America's belief that it was formed by those fleeing religious persecution: "That may be true, but whatever it was your parents or grandparents had to put up with, the fact is that you never did [a wealthy, white mail university student]. Now you're not the persecuted anymore, so don't turn to that every time your country screws another. People who fled here to escape being dumped on are now doing the dumping. Still you think of yourself as the victim... Even if your forefathers knew what it was like, you don't. Yet you want the kind of news that says you do. You want to hear about being wronged. Not about who you are wronging. A bombing raid kills hundreds in Panama or Iraq; it's not even on the news. But an American is harassed anywhere outside the United States and it's the lead story on every network." And then, "That's why you care nothing about breaking international law or the effects of the sanctions. They hate you, remember? So it's okay to kill them."She also does a very good job illuminating what it's like for a non-western student (especially a Muslim student) to live within the wealth of American students at an American college.... the disconnect, the spoken and unspoken prejudice and racism, American ignorance towards much of the world (intentional and not intentional) and how that ignorance impacts non-Americans living in the US, etc., etc. Also, the beauty and peace of the US (i.e. homes and buildings not always bound by walls/gates). For example: "Up in the sky, white clouds drifted. No haze, no smog. No potholes, beggars, burning litter, kidnappings, or dismissed governments." But then, of course, Khan shows the hypocrisy of such peace: "Such beauty in a country that consumed 30 percent of the world's energy, emitted a quarter of its carbon dioxide, had the highest military expenditure in the world, and committed fifty years of nuclear accidents, due to which the oceans teemed with plutonium, uranium, and God alone knew what other poisons."It's not all "attacks" on the West however, there is also criticism of Pakistani culture/life and a comparison of the two cultures. For example, Khan does a beautiful job highlighting how Daanish, after living in the US, felt divided, "like a rent had formed in the center of him." Because of this, he envied the "innocence" of his girlfriend, Dia, and the fact that by not traveling, she was "fully Pakistani." However, when Daanish describes a college campus containing a "town with gray stone buildings in fields of rolling green. His campus had no gates, the windows bore no grilles... a climate with four seasons and little dust," all Dia can think of is the characteristics of her own college. "airless and dingy, with wooden benches the women had to fight over to make room for themselves. The stench always made her head reel, but that was nothing compared to the books and the instructors, who tested students on how well they regurgitated passages, word for word. No discussion. No questions." Daanish, Dia thought, "who had the opportunity to see the world more than most, was cruel to deny her even the option of hoping it held more than a room in an attic with women squeezed into each other, a teacher snoring at her desk, and no questions asked."

  • Sameen Borker
    2019-05-08 08:22

    We’ve all read The Kite Runner, even those of us who haven’t. And suddenly, we all knew everything that was enough to finally place Afghanistan on our mental maps. The book and America have helped place the country in a space where stereotypes are broken and made. Make no mistake, I love The Kite Runner. I also admire the Afghani women, their landscape (thanks to William Dalrymple), and their unforgettable history. But until the book came out, there was no way the outside world could have put its finger on Afghanistan and found that it touched people. People like you and me, and sometimes much more breathtakingly beautiful than we could have imagined. It was a story that changed the narrative.For me, Trespassing has done that for Pakistan. A country I had little flattering things to say about, and one that I found extremely difficult to empathize with. Yes, I admit openly to finding it hard to reconcile with our neighbor; in many ways it is customary. But that has thawed with the reading of this book, and I am glad it has done so. Of course, it should have been thawed by Coke Studio, too, but I’m a bit of a book worm. Trespassing has opened up a side of the country that I touched and found, guess what, humans. Like you and me, going about their lives wondering when it will make meaning.Trespassing_Book CoverSet against the backdrop of a silk farm and a house in which a death has occurred, it weaves the stories of many, many people together. Right from the owners of the silk farm to the workers, and the help of the houses in which deaths occur to their inhabitants. It is also quite elaborately about silk worms and the process of making silk. And about sea shells and the process of identifying and collecting them. And then, the two people who harbor these uncommon interests meet, in secrecy.Daanish, the America-return son of a doctor meets Dia at the Quran Khwani of his father’s death. Meanwhile, Dia has been grappling with the mysterious disappearance and death of her own father and a best friend who wants to leave everything aside to get married. Daanish is unable to come to terms with the doctored opportunities that his chosen profession – journalism – might provide him, and his father’s warning rings in his ear when his American professors discourage him from writing about the Gulf War. Dia has failed her economics exam and has to retake it at the University in Pakistan, which she attends in between visits to her mother’s silk farm escorted by armed guards.The book also discusses the lives of secondary characters and their aches and aids to the protagonists. The role of both the mothers in the lives of their children as well as their relationships with their respective husbands. The integral and yet, intrusive part that house help play in the Pakistani families. The growing crimes and organized freedom-seeking groups in Pakistan. The scarcity of resources in Karachi and atrocities of weather on its people. The beaches, buses, humidity, and the valleys of Pakistan. Also, since this book was written almost a decade ago, it skims the participation of the media and America in the growing unrest in the Middle East. And yes, the part love plays in all our lives, and the things we do for love.This is a layered book, and very finely done so. In some places, the writing is brilliant with shifting perspective, phrases, and the imagery. In others, it’s tedious at times what with the elaborate sub-plot of Salaamat, the house help. One may wonder how many people can relate to characters that observe silk worms with obsession, collect shells of rare kinds, and paint buses and fantasize about them, too. However, it doesn’t come across as if the objective of the novel is for us to relate to young love or hard labor, but to portray the human complexities with a universality. And it does achieve that.The story could very well be set anywhere. But the precision with how it fits in Pakistan somehow solidifies its being. With secrets buried meticulously, and of them being found by others, this book opens up the everyday folk of Pakistan to censure and celebration. The weaved narrative works as both, a cliffhanger as well as a bother, specifically when the rest of the story is right there and you can’t wait to finish it. It’s also not difficult to pick favorite characters and mumble a curse or two for those who trouble your favourites.All in all, it’s quite refreshing a read that adds perspective and intrigue. Khan’s storytelling helps the cause largely. I have quite enjoyed her writing. While the end is largely predictable, and also quite unremarkable at how it comes about, the rest of the storytelling makes it worth it. Trespassing is a book I picked up by pure chance and based entirely on its cover. It has been quite an enchanting discovery.

  • Ghilimei
    2019-05-04 01:56

    Nu există prea multă violență explicită în cartea asta și totuși în perioada în care am citit-o violența surdă mi s-a prelins în subconștient și am avut numai vise ciudate care ilustrau cartea, cum rar mi se întâmplă.Și nici măcar nu e vorba exact de violență... este mai degrabă o apăsare, o agresiune abia perceptibilă... cel puțin așa a fost pentru mine. Senzația unui cerc închis, a unui tavan foarte jos, a unui drum înfundat, a unei striviri. Titlul original, Trespassing, mi se pare foarte potrivit, spre deosebire de nefericita traducere în română, pentru că nu mi se pare că ar fi vorba de libertatea de a iubi, ci de libertatea de a fi. Nu știu cum e de fapt în Pakistan, dar din cartea asta m-a învăluit zădărnicia existenței umane. Stăteam și mă gândeam la personajele astea și încercam să-mi dau seama dacă vreunul din ele a realizat sau a trecut în viața lui ipotetică (prin) ceva pentru care să merite să trăiască, ceva frumos sau luminos în totalitate. Răspunsul a fost „nu„, puteau la fel de bine să nu existe, poate chiar era mai bine pentru cei din jur. Zădărnicia merge până-ntr-acolo încât orice-ar face aceste personaje asemănător cu libertatea de a fi este de fapt inutil pentru că ajunge să fie îngropat într-o mare de ciment cu uscare înceată și care nu se poate usca decât într-o singură formă, indiferent cât te-ai zbate - și tocmai, cu cât te zbați mai mult, cu atât te prinde într-o poziție mai incomodă și nenaturală atunci când se usucă.Studii în străinătate, dragoste, alegeri personale și profesionale, nașteri, chiar și moarte - toate sunt zadarnice pentru că nu schimbă cu nimic forma prestabilită în care se usucă cimentul în jurul tău.**SPOILER**Cred că cel mai relevant pasaj mi s-a părut cel în care Daanish vorbea despre mama lui (și fără să-și dea seama, vom afla mai târziu, despre toate femeile): „[Anu] se schimbase. N-ar fi vrut să fie așa. Ar fi vrut să fie neclintită, ca stânca pe care stătea în timp ce el și tatăl lui plecau să exploreze.” La începutul cărții se creează iluzia că Daanish este diferit, că are o gândire progresistă și că natura lui curioasă și educația lui în „Amrika„ precum și faptul că este atras de nonconformismul Diei îl fac să privească femeile altfel decât ceilalți bărbați din Pakistan și să-și dorească cu adevărat un partener de viață și nu pe cineva care să-l „lumineze din spate, ca pe o strălucitoare vază de cristal”, însă sfârșitul cărții arată clar că ne-am înșelat. Trădarea cea mare este față de Dia, care este gata să sacrifice totul pentru el, crezând că el este diferit, că viața alături de el ar putea fi o oază de libertate a trupului și spiritului, însă devine evident în ultimele capitole că Daanish seamănă perfect cu tatăl lui și că nici nu a cunoscut-o bine pe Dia că a și început s-o privească la fel cum și tatăl lui le-a privit pe femeile din viața lui, cum tatăl lui și-a privit soția toată viața și cum l-a învățat implicit pe el să-și privească mama. Dia pare să se îndrepte inevitabil către una din două tipologii feminine: Anu sau Riffat.„[...] ea devenise ciudată, ca un puț neacoperit. Iar lui îi era teamă să se uite prea adânc în el.” Disperarea este profundă în această lume construită de Uzma Aslam Khan, dar este și la ordinea zilei, motiv pentru care simțul datoriei și automatismele constructelor sociale și culturale par să ia locul gândirii profunde, extremismul politic pare să ia locul emoțiilor ca unicul lucru ce îi mai poate mobiliza pe oameni în fața zădărniciei generale, dragostea este o iluzie de scurtă durată, intimitatea nu există și tot ce este esențial spiritului uman este încălcat fie prin violență directă, fie printr-o sufocare (automutilare?) înceată a voinței și dorinței. Paralela cu viermii de mătase mi se pare și ea extrem de potrivită, pentru că această încălcare pare să fie înfăptuită de cei aflați la finalul metamorfozei forțate, de cei în jurul cărora cimentul s-a întărit complet asupra celor ce încă mai luptă să imprime propriei metamorfoze un alt final și care încă nu au realizat zădărnicia acțiunilor lor.

  • Noel
    2019-05-06 03:25

    I absolutely love it when I read a book that is so phenomenal that I just want to shout it from the mountaintop! Trespassing is most definitely one of those books. I will attempt to quickly summarize a somewhat lengthy and engrossing plot: in many ways Trespassing is a Romeo & Juliet-esque story of forbidden love set in Pakistan in the early 1990 19s. However, the beauty of Khan 19s novel lies in her decision to divide the book into sections, each narrated by a different character. Through this ever-changing narration, we learn about each character 19s past as well, so it becomes more than just a story about the taboo love affair happening in the present, but also how the past has had its influence on each character in the present. I can 19t say much more without giving away some major spoilers! And there are some great plot twists in this novel that I would hate to give away!As I was reading Trespassing I kept thinking, 1COkay, pretty basic story. This could really be set anywhere, right? It doesn 19t have to be Pakistan 26or does it? 1D Well, yes, it does have to be Pakistan. If this story were transplanted to anywhere in the West it would completely disintegrate. On the surface it is a basic story about forbidden love, but, if we delve deeper, Trespassing is a story about culture clash. Several of the characters wrestle with their identity as Pakistani, and, furthermore, several of the characters study in the West and struggle with their identity as Pakistani in light of the personal awakenings they experienced while out of Pakistan. Also, Khan puts the issue of women 19s rights in the forefront of her novel. This could not be such a unique and multi-faceted issue if the story were set elsewhere.Trespassing is one of those novels that has given me food for thought and that I can feel is going to haunt me for the next few days 13 exactly what I am looking for in a good read. This is not some average run-of-the-mill romance novel, but instead a thick, lush, intricately-woven tale of not just forbidden love of another person and the complications that come with, but also conflicting love and hate towards one 19s country, one 19s family, and one 19s own identity in light of all of that. I am declaring it a treasure of a novel!

  • Becky Powell
    2019-05-17 07:08

    Uzma Aslam Khan’s character driven tale of two young Pakistanis, Trespassing, lays out in sweaty detail the tension between the old adage “you can’t go home again” and the one that says you can take the Pakistani out of Pakistan, but you can’t take the Pakistan out of the Pakistani.Through Daanish, a Pakistani studying in American, and Dia, the precocious daughter of a silk merchant, Khan explores the interplay between tradition and modernization, culture and prejudice.Structurally, Khan’s book is told in alternating points of view. This works well for the novel because the characters are intriguing enough that the reader doesn’t mind the same events being told over by several characters. It also works well because the books ultimate destination isn’t where the reader might predict at the outset. It becomes apparent only about halfway through the novel that Khan is weaving a complex web of disparate people and events that slowly rise toward the climax of the story. The meaning of the title of the novel doesn’t become clear until you reach the center of the story web.The picture of Pakistan painted by Khan is different than the stark and exotic desert landscapes of many recent books set in the Middle East. The setting is overwhelmingly suburban, mostly taking place in a Daanish’s depressing middle-class house in a neighborhood plagued by a lack of dependable utilities like water and electricity. With a few exceptions, the landscapes of this novel are of human nature.Khan, raised in Karachi, Pakistan, succeeds in producing inner-dialogues of the important characters that ring true across cultural divides, while maintaining the texture of authentic Pakistani tradition.

  • Bookaholic
    2019-05-22 03:07

    ăscută in Lahore, la o aruncătură de băț de granița cu India, Uzma Aslam Khan sare în Trespassing peste tot soiul de garduri și bariere, fie ele naturale sau sociale, ale Pakistanului anilor ’80 și ’90, cu ocazionale drumuri peste ocean, in Amrika cea cu ouăle de aur, sau în Londra anilor ’60 și atinge mai multe subiecte decât pot încăpea confortabil în 330 de pagini.Primele scene ne primesc vijelios cu un tânăr pakistanez la studii in America, unde cunoaște atât minunile tehnicii și societății moderne, cât și pe cele ale femeii, teren interzis la el acasă. De asemenea, cunoaște, ca majoritatea emigranților “nu-chiar-din-lumea-întâi”, abia aterizați în El Dorado, străfundurile oalelor murdare din bucătăria unui restaurant fast food, slugărind pe câțiva bănuți sub talpa grea a industriei serviciilor ho-re-ca. Tânărul student studiază jurnalism, și este interesat intens de Războiul din Golf și de felul circumspect în care oamenii încep să îi privească pe cei din rasa brună, înghesuiți toți sub eticheta arabi.Câteva tirade politice mai târziu, despre nepăsarea americanului de rând față de ce se întâmplă în Golf, se dă foaia spre Pakistan, unde aterizăm la un priveghi unde se discută tensiunile sociale dintre populația punjabi, separatiștii sindhi, armată, mujahirii emigranți și politicienii corupți. Câteva pagini mai încolo începe și povestea de dragoste din titlu. Ea va ține legata toata cronologia disipată a romanului, care alternează de la capitol la capitol atâtea planuri încât spre final arată precum un bici prost împletit. (cronică:

  • M.
    2019-05-08 06:08

    This complicated novel, set primarily during the period of the Gulf War, is of interest for its perspective on the relationship between America and Pakistan and for its depiction of everyday life in Karachi and in rural Pakistan.There are many stories here, told through different narrators and through shifts back and forth in time. There is the story of an unhappy young Pakistani man attending an American college that seems to be a cross between Amherst and UMass. There is another plot line that follows the lives of several different women, from different generations, as they push up against religious and cultural barriers. At times the novel offers a lyrical rendering of Pakistani scenes like a seaside cove and a silkworm factory, while at other times it strives to depict the difficulties of life in a sprawling city where the water and electricity are never reliable. Yet another story follows a village man who comes to the city and, for a time, casts his lot with dispossessed men empowered by a flood of cheap American arms. All of this is wound around a love story that seems designed to appeal to---it's hard to say to whom, exactly. The illicit embraces of the lovers, Dia and Daanish, ultimately prove wearying to read about, and thus the final revelation of the fate of their love is only a fizzle.This might have been a better novel had it not tried to do so many things, in so many different voices. The dialogue is often flat and predictable, and the author's use of metaphor is sometimes cringe-inducing.For its depiction of life in Pakistan, I much prefer Daniyal Mueenuddin's In Other Rooms, Other Wonders.M. Feldman

  • YoginiG
    2019-05-10 02:25

    Too many characters to keep track of & lots of time jumping did not help the story.I felt it was a bit predictable with the final secret revealed..

  • Cathy
    2019-05-01 03:05

    This started off well, but petered out at the end. Daanish, a Pakistani student who attends college in the U.S., has returned home to Pakistan for the funeral of his father. Before long, his mother is trying to arrange his marriage to a young Pakistani woman. Danish is instead entranced by another young woman named Dia, whose family owns a silk factory. Dia is an unsuitable woman for Daanish for reasons uncovered in the book (and easy enough to figure out before the author explains why). I liked Dia -- she's a strong young woman unhappy with the norms that dictate the activities of females, yet I became aggravated by how she allows Daanish to treat her. The main problem for me with this book (and others like it) is that so often, the mother/female characters are very annoying. Especially the mothers of sons. I don't find it enjoyable to read about how these women dote on their sons; while I understand that this is a cultural tradition, it bugs the heck out of me. It's also hard to enjoy reading a book in which women are considered less worthy than males. So, while it was at time an interesting read, ultimately, I was ready to be done with it by the (non-conclusive) ending.

  • Shelfari Moved
    2019-05-17 05:15

    A minor character Hameed Bhai said, "We were born to water. We drown on land." I knew Riffat must have had a relationship with Shafqat (Dannish's dad) since that was the point when Riffat prohibited her daughter Dia to meet Daanish ever again! OMG - the gift that the doctor, or Shafqat, had left behind was Dia. I hate the fact that Dia ended up alone and realized how domineering Daanish was and that he was her half-brother. I still don't get what happened to Salaamat and the turtles in the end - that makes me feel so stupid!

  • Hena
    2019-05-20 10:18

    This was okay, but the author tried too hard to weave several distinct themes (historical/political events, gender issues, science, etc.) into her novel and it just didn't work very well. The characters weren't well-developed, the glimpses at historical events were incomplete (though,to be fair, perhaps if I'd lived in Pakistan I'd feel differently), and the end just kind of left me hanging. This was a nice enough read but not much more than that.

  • Mercia McMahon
    2019-05-09 09:06

    marketed as a story of forbidden love in Pakistan between the Dia, the daughter of a silk farmer, and Daanish, the son of a journalist. Had the story remained focused on that storyline it might have worked better as a novel. Instead Khan spins a series of stories involving the main characters and the affair appears to be little more than the hook to link disparate stories together.Full review

  • Cathy Morgan
    2019-05-24 06:06

    This was my first book by a Pakistani author and I found it insightful into the clashes of culture in Pakistan. The love story is rather detached, but the author does well bringing all the subplots together.

  • Suzanne
    2019-05-03 07:01

    The book pulled me in with its story, especially the love story between the protagonists and the history of relationships between both families. There was one section of the book that I felt took away from the "flow" of the story. But overall, a fantastic book.

  • Issma
    2019-04-23 06:06

    Loved it!!!!!

  • Manish Seth
    2019-04-24 06:05

    Found it to be an Ok book. Convenient twists in the plot. Gave me an insight into the circumstances and life in Pakistan.

  • Ali
    2019-05-10 03:58

    Predictable but such a delight to read.

  • Hippiemouse420
    2019-05-13 02:55

    I loved this book. The subject matter was heavy at times. I was definitely engrossed while reading.