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Her terror of wild beasts drove her to seek the evenfearful nearness of man.It s hard to write a review for a book by Bapsi Sidhwa, mainly because she holds that venerable title of the first Pakistani English female writer and how many people can claim to be the first of anything these days , but also because she s just so huge in the world of literature In our part of the globe, where people treat reading as a passing fancy, Bapsi Sidhwa has dominated for years.Reading the Bride felt, Her terror of wild beasts drove her to seek the evenfearful nearness of man.It s hard to write a review for a book by Bapsi Sidhwa, mainly because she holds that venerable title of the first Pakistani English female writer and how many people can claim to be the first of anything these days , but also because she s just so huge in the world of literature In our part of the globe, where people treat reading as a passing fancy, Bapsi Sidhwa has dominated for years.Reading the Bride felt, then, as a sort of rite of passage Something one reads because one should, one must But it s hard to write this review as anything other than a textbook format list of things one could discuss in class, because the moral compass of The Bride is pointed dead centre at An Issue and it is around it that the story is told Bapsi Sidhwa herself admitted that she wrote this novel after hearing the real life story of a wife who escaped from the tribal areas only to be caught and executed So she started writing this novel with a purpose in mind to teach, to educate, to start a discussion, and it shows The Summary Women the world over, through the ages, asked to be murdered, raped, exploited, enslaved, to get importunately impregnated, beaten up, bullied, and disinherited It was the immutable law of nature What had the tribal girl done to deserve such grotesque retribution The blurb claims that the story is about Zaitoon, a girl from the plains of Punjab whose adoptive father takes her back to his mountains to wed her off with a clan member Unhappy and abused, Zaitoon runs away, to be chased after by her enraged husband and the rest of his tribe so they can kill her for this dishonour she has forced on them This, supposedly, is what the book is about, but it takes a lot of time getting there In preventing natural outlets for cruelty the developed countries had turned hypocritical and the repressed heat had exploded in nuclear mushrooms They did not laugh at deformities they manufactured them.Instead, really, this novel isabout Pakistan About partition and the people who suffered through it, about lost parents and obsessive husbands, about city life and tribal ways It s a fictional account of a very real moment in time, and of people who are drawn as complex as anyone of us Qasim, the Northern man who loses his family and picks up an orphaned girl during his attempt to flee after the partition Zaitoon, the young girl whose family gets brutally murdered during an attack on a train trying to cross the border Carol, the young, unhappy American wife of a Pakistani businessman Major Mushtaq, involved in an affair with Carol and willing to save the life of a runaway wife These characters are connected and have their own stories to tell, with large portions of the text dedicated not to Zaitoon but to the hows and whys of tribal pride, adultery and identity politics This doesn t necessarily have to be a flaw, of course Lots of books digress from their blurbs, choosing only to summarize what the author or editor feels is the most important part of the story for the reader to know What keeps this novel from being thoroughly captivating is, in fact, its attempt to teach a lesson It errs on the side of less entertainment, instead providing ample matter for analysis and discussion, which doesn t necessarily have to be a bad thing After all, sometimes books that don t keep the reader enthralled have important things to say, and Bapsi Sidhwa manages to do the same, providing lots of material oncities Lahore the ancient whore, the handmaiden of dimly remembered Hindu kinds, the courtesan of Moghul emperors bedecked and bejewelled, savaged by marauding Sikh hordes healed by the caressing hands of her British lovers A little shoddy like an attractive but aging concubine, ready to bestow surprising delights on those who cared to court her.the clash of cultures Qasim was ordered to apologize He refused, and his clansman was sent for After a roaring argument, the clansman finally persuaded Qasim to say the necessary words He uttered them with the grace of a hungry tiger kept from his victim by chains Qasim learnt from his cousin that killing, no matter what the provocation, was not acceptable by the laws of this land.the atrocities of migration Sikander feels a dampness along his thighs Glancing over his shoulder, he sees a black wetness snaking its path down the slope of the roof In desperation, men and women urinate where they sit He feels the pressure in his own bladder demanding relief God, let me hold out until Lahore, he prays post partition Pakistan The uneasy city was awakening furtively, like a sick man pondering each movement lest pain recur looted houses stood vacant, their gaping doors and windows glaring balefully Men, freshly dead, their bodies pale and velvety, still lay in alleys and in open drains and the post partition government Jinnah died within a year of creating the new State He was an old but his death was untimely The Father of the Nation was replaced by step fathers The constitution was tempered with, changed and narrowed post partition individuals Fifty million people relaxed, breathing freedom Slacking their self discipline, they left their litter about, creating terrible problems of public health and safety Many felt cheated because some of the same old laws, customs, taboos and social distinctions still prevailedand the post partition architecture The marble canopy that had delicately domed Queen Victoria s majesty for decades looked naked and bereft without her enormous dour status Prince Albert, astride his yellowing marble horse, was whisked away one night from the Mall No one minded.looking at a culture from the eyes of an outsiderI love Lahore, she wrote It s beautiful and ramshackled, ancient and intensely human I m a sucker for bullock carts and the dainty donkey carts They get all snarled up with the Mercedes, bicycles, tractors, trucks, and nasty buzzing three wheeled rickshaws The traffic is wild the treatment of womenDon t worry, she ll be okay If not, too bad It happens all the time What do you mean, happens all the time Oh, women get killed for one reason or other imagined insults, family honour, infidelity the representation of Pakistani segregationYou know how it is with us segregation of the sexes Of course, you only know the sophisticated, those Pakistanis who have learned to mix socially but in these settlements a man may talk only with unmarriageable women his mother, his sisters, aunts and grandmothers a tribesman s covetous look at the wrong clanswoman provokes a murderous feud tribal notions of honour and marriageMy God If she had run away The though sickened him No Most likely, she had slipped and hurt herself Possibly even now a mountain leopard was at her He prayed it might be so She couldn t have run away She wouldn t darethe stereotypical representation of marriages in uncivilized areas She also grew immune to the tyrannical, animal trained treatment meted out by Sakhi In his presence, she drifted into a stupor, until nothing really hurt her He beat her on the slightest pretext She no longer thought of marriage with any sense of romance She now lived only to placate him The RecommendationOnly if one is in the mood for a book that involves analysis and a descriptive introduction to the world of post partition Pakistan would I recommend this Although by virtue of it being the first book of Pakistan s first English writer, it should rate highly on every Pakistani s to read list Recommended I review Pakistani Fiction, and talk about Pakistani fiction, and want to talk to people who like to talk about fiction Pakistani and otherwise, take your pick To read this review completely, readreviews or just contact me so you can talk about books, check out my Blog or follow me on Twitter The time which Sidhwa has portrayed, maybe women were treated that brutally then I am a Pakistani, i told my dad i have to study and not get married So i have always done what i wanted and i had the full support of my family.Having said that, i would like to say that THE PAKISTANI BRIDE is not a very reflective title, and it does not represent ALL of us Women in Pakistan are muchconfident now, but I would say that if we look at what is happening in Tribal area till this date, we cant The time which Sidhwa has portrayed, maybe women were treated that brutally then I am a Pakistani, i told my dad i have to study and not get married So i have always done what i wanted and i had the full support of my family.Having said that, i would like to say that THE PAKISTANI BRIDE is not a very reflective title, and it does not represent ALL of us Women in Pakistan are muchconfident now, but I would say that if we look at what is happening in Tribal area till this date, we cant say the same Women are still oppressed, and are mere sex objects Undeniably, women in the tribal areas of Pakistan face the same circumstances Those girls who are born in the urban area are LUCKY because whatever Sidhwa has portrayed IS the ugly truth about the rural areas Bapsi Sidhwa takes you on an unforgettable journey into the tribal areas of Pakistan and leaves you with a range of emotions awe at the majestic mountains, shock at the primeval conditions, fear for the protagonist and her piteous situation, and anguish at the brutality that women have to face on a day to day basis The story is about a child, Zaitoon, who is brutally torn apart from her parents on the eve of India Pakistan independence and the aftermath of the bloody communal riots that follow Bapsi Sidhwa takes you on an unforgettable journey into the tribal areas of Pakistan and leaves you with a range of emotions awe at the majestic mountains, shock at the primeval conditions, fear for the protagonist and her piteous situation, and anguish at the brutality that women have to face on a day to day basis The story is about a child, Zaitoon, who is brutally torn apart from her parents on the eve of India Pakistan independence and the aftermath of the bloody communal riots that followed A tribal man, Qasim, who is also fleeing the riots rescues her and takes her with him to Pakistan and raises her as his own daughter The first part of the book deals with Zaitoon s growing up years in Lahore under the benign care of friendly neighbours and a foster parent who yearns to go back to his roots in the savage lands of Kohistan The second part of the book deals with the after effects of Qasim s decision to marry off Zaitoon to a fellow tribal s nephew The first part of the story islike a setup for all the action and drama in the second part and at times the details tend to take the readers on a cultural tour of post independent Pakistan rather than focus on the story For instance, there is a huge scene about Qasim s visit to a brothel, which while entertaining and providing a peep through a cultural window, seems quite incidental to the story But the latter part of the storythan makes up for these digressions and Sidhwa keeps a tight hold on the reins of the story as Zaitoon tries to come to terms with her marriage leading to a high voltage, action packed climax One of the sub plots in the book which deals with an American woman s Carol experience of Pakistani society she is married to a Pakistani man is quite fascinating as it juxtaposes the dilemmas faced by women in a feudal society such as Pakistan vis a vis those faced by women in liberal societies While Carol s story could have been better intertwined with the main plot, her insights and eventual coming to terms with a totally alien culture made the storynuanced The Pakistani Bride is a story of a girl named Zaitoon, who lost her parents in a very early age during Partition, and was adopted by a tribesman Qasim They both start living with Nikka and his wife Miriam in Lahore Since Qasim belongs from hills, living in plains is not at all easy for him Increasingly getting nostalgic about his life in mountains, Qasim promises Zaitoon that he will marry her off to a boy from his own clan But little did he realise that one decision of his would change Za The Pakistani Bride is a story of a girl named Zaitoon, who lost her parents in a very early age during Partition, and was adopted by a tribesman Qasim They both start living with Nikka and his wife Miriam in Lahore Since Qasim belongs from hills, living in plains is not at all easy for him Increasingly getting nostalgic about his life in mountains, Qasim promises Zaitoon that he will marry her off to a boy from his own clan But little did he realise that one decision of his would change Zaitoon s entire life And Zaitoon, growing up all pampered like a flower will end up living a nightmare I have heard so much about Bapsi Sidhwa and her writings that I really wanted to read one of her works soon and that s how this got included in my to read list But after reading, honestly I have mixed feelings Author has been very descriptive about everything but Zaitoon Pakistan, its beauty, its people and other characters have been described beautifully Which is good to some extent but only if you don t compromise with the central focus Major half of the story is wasted in building plot and the real story starts not until last third of the book Since its Zaitoon s story, author should have focused in developing her character so that readers can understand herThat is the reason when the real story starts, you almost reach the climax and then it seems like a hurried ending Including Carol s angle was also forced is what I feel All in all the deepness of the subject was missing.Being a regular and passionate reader of middle east, its cultures, myths, hard truths, I have read books very deeply pondering such kind of subjects And all I can say is that this one didn t move me enough emotionally A novel by the author of Ice Candy Man Zaitoon, a new bride, is desperately unhappy in her marriage and is contemplating the ultimate escape the one from which there is no return Zaitoon, an orphan, is adopted by Qasim, who has left the isolated hill town where he was born and made a home for the two of them in the glittering, decadent city of Lahore As the years pass, Qasim makes a fortune but grows increasingly nostalgic about his life in the mountains Impulsively, he promises Zaitoon in marriage to a man of his tribe But for Zaitoon, giving up the civilized city life she remembers to become the bride of this hard, inscrutable husband proves traumatic to the point where she decides to run away, though she knows that by the tribal code the punishment for such an act is death Sidhwa shows a marvellous feel for imagery at a breathless pace she weaves her exotic cliffhanger from passion, power, lust, sensuality, cruelty and murder Financial Times After reading Other Voices, Other Rooms I realized how little Pakistani fiction I had read, and what relatively little is available to Western readers I was looking something covering a wider swath of the country written through the eyes of a Pakistani This book fit that bill During the Partition in 1947, Qasim, who has lost his wife and children joins refugees fleeing India for Pakistan In the confusion of a train wreck, he comes across 5 year old Zaitoon, who has hopelessly become separa After reading Other Voices, Other Rooms I realized how little Pakistani fiction I had read, and what relatively little is available to Western readers I was looking something covering a wider swath of the country written through the eyes of a Pakistani This book fit that bill During the Partition in 1947, Qasim, who has lost his wife and children joins refugees fleeing India for Pakistan In the confusion of a train wreck, he comes across 5 year old Zaitoon, who has hopelessly become separated from her parents He takes her in as his own and secures a place for them to live in Lahore.The first third of the book covers this part of Zaitoon s life She eventually becomes the Pakistani Bride but the focus here is on her father and the powerful merchant Nikka and his devout Muslim wife Miriam who cares for Zaitoon and brings her into the women s world In this section, Sidwa ably conveyed the daily life of urban middle class Pakistanis But after about ten years, Qasim decides she should marry someone from the beautiful mountains of his youth Thus, they set off to what is today s Taliban country Life there 50 years ago was harsh and controlled by tribal rule A great highway is being built through the mountains and change is afoot They reach a military construction camp across a stream from where Zaitoon will marry But here, there is an English woman I struggled with her character It is difficult living post 9 11 to think that an American woman could be so naive But in the late 50s, American women s job possibilities were limited, and the lure of an exotic life, which women who served in WWII got a taste of, could entice one to marry a foreign man and move to his country After one night s stay, Qasim and Zaitoon cross the river and Zaitoon is married off She also is naieve to this harsh and violent lifestyle From here I must stop with the telling of the story To do so would spoil everything This book suffers from some first novel disjointedness and a misleading title Perhaps just Zaitoon would have said enough But I stayed up late finishing it and thought it presented a cross section of the population I disagree with readers who felt only a violent side of Pakistanis was shown Miriam was a very caring woman and Qasim was a good father to Zaitoon He did his best They loved each other There were vast economic differences Sidwa incorporated a variety of regional populations I was not disappointed, and unlike some other reviewers The ending was foreshadowed and her future was told I took a long time to read this book It may have been partly because it wasn t until the second half, that I felt gripped by the story Through the second half, however, I felt the impact of this well told tale, and it weighed heavy on me The story is about a young girl, zaitoon, who finds herself trapped in an arranged marriage to a person from the mountains, and of a vastly different culture from her own She attempts an escape once things become unbearable, and it is this escape through the I took a long time to read this book It may have been partly because it wasn t until the second half, that I felt gripped by the story Through the second half, however, I felt the impact of this well told tale, and it weighed heavy on me The story is about a young girl, zaitoon, who finds herself trapped in an arranged marriage to a person from the mountains, and of a vastly different culture from her own She attempts an escape once things become unbearable, and it is this escape through the treacherous mountains that is likely to stay with me in all its pain and emotion It is during this journey, that one feels zaitoons plight and her womanly strength in the face of her womanly vulnerabilities It also makes the reader understand the relevance of the detailed descriptions of the mountains in the earlier part of the book.I liked the fact that her father and her husband, though both misogynistic, were not painted as black and white heartless villains, but instead were described as unfair creations of an unfair society with century long mindsets that they were unable to escape Her husband wished for her deaththan for her to be found alive, because his honor would then be spared I also enjoyed the parallel story of the American woman who was married to a Pakistani man who was modern on the surface, but had been unable to separate himself from the egotistical attitudes of his men folk She feels trapped in the same way as Zaitoon, although to the outside world, she appears a free spirited woman living her life as she pleases Their paths cross briefly, and each woman sees the other as being from a different world, and yet recognizing on a subconscious level, the vulnerabilities of the other.The only thing I wish was different, was that the first several chapters are not about Zaitoon, so the connection the reader develops, could have been further enhanced ifpages had been dedicated to her character building Nevertheless, it was a beautiful, haunting, tragic tale which is very telling of the expected roles of men and women in that part of the world, and how going against tradition is synonymous with extreme danger 3.5 stars.The story line was good and it had lots of potential but unfortunately, Sidhwa s prose was descriptive and short There were no feeling put into it This difference is noticeable if one compares Khaled Hosseini s writing to Bapsi Sidhwa s writing against the same backdrop One hears a lot about women oppression and feminism But what this book tries to show is nowhere near that It is the animosity and brutality that male dominance pose before women It is unthinkable and horrific Wom 3.5 stars.The story line was good and it had lots of potential but unfortunately, Sidhwa s prose was descriptive and short There were no feeling put into it This difference is noticeable if one compares Khaled Hosseini s writing to Bapsi Sidhwa s writing against the same backdrop One hears a lot about women oppression and feminism But what this book tries to show is nowhere near that It is the animosity and brutality that male dominance pose before women It is unthinkable and horrific Women are not here to protect a man s honour, serve him and give borth thier life is their own and they deserve respect I was disappointed in this book, especially since I enjoyed Sidhwa s other novels so much The prose is lush and descriptive, but the book lacks a central focus Until the last third of the story, the title character is only peripheral to the plot, and the focus is on her adoptive father It shifts abruptly, and throws the reader into the bride s story without ever developing her character for the reader There is also a brief focus on an American character This may make sense for certain eleme I was disappointed in this book, especially since I enjoyed Sidhwa s other novels so much The prose is lush and descriptive, but the book lacks a central focus Until the last third of the story, the title character is only peripheral to the plot, and the focus is on her adoptive father It shifts abruptly, and throws the reader into the bride s story without ever developing her character for the reader There is also a brief focus on an American character This may make sense for certain elements of the plot, and is probably intended to highlight the contrast between cultures tribal vs plains, Pakistani vs western , but it doesn t really fit Good prose, but muddy focus the earth is not easy to carve up india required a deft and sensitive surgeon, but the British, steeped in domestic preoccupation, hastily and carelessly butchered it they were not deliberately mischievous only cruelly negligent lahore the ancient whore, the handmaiden of dimly remembered Hindu kings, the courtesan of Mogul emperors bedecked and bejewelled, savaged by marauding Sikh hordes healed by caressing hands of her British lovers After reading my first book by Sidhwa, i am f the earth is not easy to carve up india required a deft and sensitive surgeon, but the British, steeped in domestic preoccupation, hastily and carelessly butchered it they were not deliberately mischievous only cruelly negligent lahore the ancient whore, the handmaiden of dimly remembered Hindu kings, the courtesan of Mogul emperors bedecked and bejewelled, savaged by marauding Sikh hordes healed by caressing hands of her British lovers After reading my first book by Sidhwa, i am forever and ever her fan can t remember the last time I enjoyed reading a book so much