Among Muslims: Meetings at the Frontiers of Pakistan Paperback – 30 May 2002
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Genius is no stranger to the work of Kathleen Jamie, whose finely poised writing and subtly profound sensibility have made her such an artisan of the human heart. (Scotsman)
What is ultimately most impressive is the energy, good humour and panache with which Jamie's language rises to the variety of its occasions. (Patrick Crotty Times Literary Supplement)
A beautifully crafted account... the power of Jamie's prose is spare but magical. She writes tenderly but without sentimentality. Should be required reading. (Daily Telegraph)
A wonderfully sensual study of the land and its people which feels more timeless than topical (Observer)
Kathleen Jamie's prose writing is utterly luminous, as you'd expect from her poetry, but Among Muslims (Sort of Books) is much more than a well-written travel book, and its insights are even more urgent in the light of the dangerous and criminal crudity of President Bush's approach to the region (Independent on Sunday Book of the Year Choice 2002)
This eloquent tale with its plea for understanding and tolerance couldn't have been better timed. (Sunday Times)
It is her beautiful prose, drawn from a rural Scottish palate, that really illuminates the book - a wonderfully sensual study of the land and its people which feels more topical than timeless. (Observer)
A better emissary to the Karakoram could not be imagined. She displays a deep warmth unemcumbered by illusion. (Scotland on Sunday)
Illuminated throughout with a vision that sees beneath surfaces. To share a journey such as this is an enriching experience. (Norman Lewis)
About the Author
Kathleen Jamie studied philosophy at Edinburgh University. She won an Eric Gregory Award at nineteen and has published four volumes of poetry.
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The book opens with the story of some Pakistani men visiting the small Fife town where she lives on a peace walk. I found the description of the men and their mission extremely moving. In all of the book the writing is wonderful, as you would expect from a poet - Jamie does not overload with detail yet conjures up the sights and sounds (and feelings, smells, bumpiness etc) with ease. But this is not simply a travelogue. As the last section in particular illustrates, it poses questions about the nature of freedom (and in particular, the freedom of women), society, tourism and its impact and the future development of such regions. The contrast of the treatment that Jamie (mostly) received in Pakistan compared with the reaction of her small town to the peace march is also startling.
In all a wonderfull read which manages to pose the reader some big questions without detracting from the lightless and delf touch of the descriptions.
Kathleen knows she has to be a good host and offer everything she can to make them comfortable. After all, she remembers her travels in Pakistan, where taking care of your guest is paramount. She recalls her encounters there, with every day lives passing by. She does not attempt to romanticise their difficult lives with all the hardships of rural agricultural society, but she remains sympathetic and open.
The book can become a little verbose, with Jamie blathering on about the local landscape, but many of the stories here are touching and very human. She makes a real effort to treat the people of that other land as human beings, no more and no less. It is delightful how she visits the same family several times over a decade, to see how their lives have changed. Definitely recommended.
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Excellent book, as are all Kathleen Jamie's. Could nt wait to sit down every evening and catch up on her travels. Wonderful to read at a time when intolerance is on the rise. Read morePublished 19 months ago by M Tucker
Humane and fascinating, this a many layered book. It provokes laughter, respect and tears. Properly charitable and critical, we are invited, among many events and encounters, to... Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2014 by Amazon Customer
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