The Pakistani Bride

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Penguin Books India, 1990 - Arranged marriage - 245 pages
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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.
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User Review  - mariamreza - LibraryThing

Loses a bit of momentum and originality from the middle, but remains witty throughout. A good book but not Bapsi Sidhwa's best. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
14
Section 3
16
Section 4
17
Section 5
27
Section 6
31
Section 7
50
Section 8
59
Section 19
142
Section 20
150
Section 21
159
Section 22
169
Section 23
176
Section 24
182
Section 25
188
Section 26
192

Section 9
69
Section 10
81
Section 11
88
Section 12
99
Section 13
104
Section 14
105
Section 15
115
Section 16
122
Section 17
123
Section 18
131
Section 27
198
Section 28
206
Section 29
207
Section 30
215
Section 31
218
Section 32
225
Section 33
230
Section 34
236
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