Season of the Rainbirds

Season of the Rainbirds

Book - 2013
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"From the author of Maps for Lost Lovers: Aslam's exquisite first novel, the powerful story of a secluded Pakistani village after the murder of its corrupt and prominent judge. Judge Anwar's murder sets the people of the village on edge. Their anxieties are compounded when a sack of letters, thought lost in a train crash nineteen years ago, suddenly reappears under mysterious circumstances. What secrets will these letters bring to light? Could the letters shed any light on Judge Anwar's murder? As Aslam traces the murder investigation over the next eleven days, he explores the impact that these two events have on the town's inhabitants--from Judge Anwar's surviving family to the journalist reporting on the delivery of the mail packet. With masterful attention to detail and beautiful scenes that set the rhythms of daily life in Pakistan, Aslam creates a lush and timeless world--played out against an ominous backdrop of religious tensions, assassinations, changing regimes, and faraway civil wars" --Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2013
Edition: First Vintage International edition
ISBN: 9780345802828
Characteristics: 195 pages ; 21 cm


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Nov 02, 2016

A first book, published in 1993, by someone I have come to regard as a great writer. The story is set in a village in Pakistan in the late 1970s/early 1980s during the dictatorship of General Zia. The story is told through various characters. Aslam's later themes - the tension with fundamentalism, corruption - are already developed in this novel.

Jul 14, 2014

Well organized, otherwise mediocre writing. The characters lack depth, none held my interest, same for the story.


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