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I tend to like collections of stories that are interwoven, stories in which characters recur, so I enjoyed this book. However, it wasn't an easy or pleasant listening experience. Muyeenuddin is representing a different culture, a harsh one that can be hard for an American to understand or even care about. Some of his characters are downright unlikeable; others are pathetic to the point that they need a good shake--but that is all part of the world this book represents. I feel that I learned a lot about another culture, and about the common humanity that underlies our differences.
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The series of stories were interesting and portrayed varies classes of Pakistan. Each story had a very unique character and station in life - from a mechanic, a companion, a man with his own hut who accounted for little to the police, a young charming wealthy gentleman educated in the US, a 2nd wife etc. All were individuals, how they fit in and their lives were a glimpse of a varied country. The story of the attorney bribing to save the favorite son accused of burning the brothers wife because they stole the father's money was unsettling. The story was told so matter of factly. No hope of justice.
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