This is a beautiful novel taking place in modern Pakistan. The author's portrayal of the characters is one of the best that I have read. Each characters has their flaws and yet at the same time they are extremely appealing. This book gave me a new view of the American invasion of the middle east.
Good book for either male or female readers. I particularly enjoyed the writing style. The novel has elements of several genres like multicultural, adventure, thriller, and romance. I found the details of everyday life of the characters to be eyeopening. Just how factual, however, is it of life in a small islamic village in Pakistan? I would read another book by Aslam, an award winning British author.
Another very good book about life in Afghanistan written from the perspective of individuals caught up in the internal, seemingly never ending conflict. Provides some sense of what it might be like to be a partisan to the conflict and having to deal with foreign soldiers in your country. The ending was somewhat ambiguous; but, I chose to believe that it ended well - because I needed to, after all the disapointments and hardships endured by the principal characters. Well written.
Aslam is a wonderfully poetic author. This book, set in the months after 9/11, is about war, brutality, and torture, but also about beauty.
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