The Wish Maker

The Wish Maker (Paperback)

By Ali Sethi 
Publisher: Penguin
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
EAN: 9780143419105
No. of Pages: 416
Binding: Paperback
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Zaki Shirazi, who is attending college in America, comes home to Lahore for the wedding of his favourite cousin, Samar Api. From the moment he arrives in Pakistan, he has to reckon with startling social and political changes that have taken place in his absence. As he gradually settles back into his family home, Zaki begins to see the people closest to him in a new light. And in the days leading up to the wedding, bittersweet memories of his childhood start flooding back to his mind, as something shifts deep within him. Lively, witty and tender, The Wish Maker is an enchanting first novel about growing up and learning to let go.

About the Author :

Ali Seth was born in 1984. He grew up in Lahore and attended college in the United States. His writing has appeared in The Nation, The New York Times, Dawn and Outlook. This is his first novel.
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Title: The Wish Maker
Publisher: Penguin
Author: Ali Sethi
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
EAN: 9780143419105
No. of Pages: 416
Binding: Paperback

The Wish Maker Review

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Brilliant description of post partition Pakistan Rating of 4 out of 5 Rating of 4 out of 5 Rating of 4 out of 5 Rating of 4 out of 5 Rating of 4 out of 5
By Rajendran ayenger, 2009-08-18 18:21:27.0

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.


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