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Escape to another world...,
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I first came across Qaisra Shahraz when someone handed me a copy of 'Typhoon', a novel so good that I couldn't put it down.I abandoned all and lost myself in that book, and again with her other novel 'The Holy Woman'. I'm rather partial to good well-written literature, particularly when its an effortless read and has the ability to completely transport me into its world....
As soon as I saw the download available for this collection of short stories I headed over to Amazon and grabbed my copy.
The collection consists of 7 stories in all, and includes 'A Pair OF jeans', Qaisras first ever short story, written whe n she was 18, along with other more recently written stories, namely 'The Zemandars Wife'...Its interesting to see how her style of writing has developed...and how her portrait of Pakistan and Britain have deepened.
Eeven without my academic interest, its well-worth the price, a set of unforgettable stories, little snippets and glimpses of other peoples lives and emotions , as they come to terms with old age, marriage, change..and of course, with everything that being 'multi-cultural' means . The truly incredible gift that Qaisra has is the ability to portray , convey, build a scene and make you feel as if you are there, in so few words... I really enjoyed the collection and will hold the short story, 'The Escape' close to my heart forever...It tells the tale of an old man, who came to Blackburn in the 60's looking back at his life, his family , revisiting Pakistan... incredibly poignant....