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on 11 October 2010
I really liked the way the author linked all these short stoies by having them revolve around the family and staff of Mr K.K.Harouni, a wealthy Pakistani landowner. However, I would have enjoyed the book more if just a few of them had had happy, or at least redeeming, endings. Each time I got involved with the (well written) characters, only to have their efforts in life struck down in the final pages. While I recognise that in Pakistan, corruption is rife, the poor are very poor and women have to struggle harder than men, I also felt that some of the characters should prevail: some marriages should succeed, some folk be permitted happiness.
The stories provide an interesting view of the extremes of Pakistani society, the wealthy and the very poor, but it left me feeling that the moral of the book was "fight for yourself, care only for your family and loved ones, step on everyone else on the way up and when you die it will all have been for nothing anyway."
Worth a read but in no way uplifting.