|Paperback 2010||R 571||In Stock.|
|Title:||The Wish Maker||Publisher:||Penguin|
|No. of Pages:||416|
The Wish Maker is Ali Sethi's novel which has made an international debut. As a Pakistani author, this book centers around Pakistani politics right from the Zulfikar Bhutto’s days to the days of General Pervez Musharraf. This book is a search for Pakistani Identity in a larger world, and as the author says, he went to the United States after 9/11 in quest of better answers. The central figure of this novel is a person called Zaki Shirazi, who comes back to his family home in Lahore after studying in the United States. The novel flows around the culture of Pakistan and how it has changed from the partition days and moved along under a series of dictatorships, wars against India, the Independence of Bangladesh and the modern Pakistan juxtaposed against the older times. It therefore covers three generations and neatly comparing the newer aspects of the country influenced by modernization against the older medieval culture which has hardly been touched by the latest trends. The Wish maker makes a fine story of Zaki who returns to the wedding of his cousin and childhood companion Samar Api. Zaki is portrayed as a boy who has lost his father and has grown up in the companionship of boisterous women in the family, and when he returns, it takes him to his childhood and how Samar and he spent the days together till adulthood. Zaki's mother is a political journalist and as he grows up, he comes to understand the world around him in a better way. This book is a fine portrayal of culture and politics as seen from the eyes of an eager and curious protagonist about his country after the partition of the sub continent.