Trespassing A dazzling first novel of two lovers struggle for freedom and passion in a city riven by turmoilBack in Karachi for his father s funeral Daanish a Pakistani student changed by his years at an Americ

  • Title: Trespassing
  • Author: Uzma Aslam Khan
  • ISBN: 9780805075748
  • Page: 261
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A dazzling first novel of two lovers struggle for freedom and passion in a city riven by turmoilBack in Karachi for his father s funeral, Daanish, a Pakistani student changed by his years at an American university, is entranced by the gazelle eyed girl in the traditional dupatta who appears one day at the house of mourning But the dupatta is deceptive Dia is the modernA dazzling first novel of two lovers struggle for freedom and passion in a city riven by turmoilBack in Karachi for his father s funeral, Daanish, a Pakistani student changed by his years at an American university, is entranced by the gazelle eyed girl in the traditional dupatta who appears one day at the house of mourning But the dupatta is deceptive Dia is the modern daughter of a mother who, as the owner of a silk farm and factory, has achieved a degree of freedom rare among Pakistani women It will take a handful of silkworms, fattened on mulberry leaves, to bring Daanish and Dia together But their union will forever rupture the peace of two households and three families, destroying a stable present built on the repression of a bloody past.In this sweeping novel of modern Pakistan, Uzma Aslam Khan takes us deep into a world of radical contrasts, from the stifling demands of tradition and family to the daily oppression of routine political violence, from the gorgeous sensual vistas of the silk farms to the teeming streets of Karachi stinking, crumbling, and corrupt.At once delicate and passionate, Trespassing introduces a new and powerful voice from a land we know too little about.

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    Ao fim de 20 páginas eu já tinha a clara convicção que não ia gostar deste livro. E não entendo porque insisti em ler todas as 500 páginas deste livro. Tenho definitivamente que aprender a abandonar livros que não me ofereçam nada. Sobre este livro em si que posso eu dizer? É uma historieta de amor no Paquistão moderno, com uma escrita tão "levezinha" que quase se evapora entre os dedos. Não recomendo.

    I am not a regular when it comes to fiction, but this book opened up more about the place where I come from, the life in Pakistan, from bureaucrats dinners to the American academic system If you really want to know about the people who are not just from Pakistan but from India as wellgo for this one! Because somewhere in the novel i felt that this is exactly what is going on in India as well, same storiesme motherhood level the corruption, the tales of pretending to have qualities but in the end [...]

    What a great book! Multiple strands of storyline, with parts set in the US, the UK, and the bulk of it in Pakistan. An unsolved murder, a budding love story, a sinister drifter who moves from Pakistan's fishing villages to the big city of Karachi. There is a lot going on here, with comments on th US war in Iraq (the fist one, in 1990) and local corruption too.This is NOT another immigrant narrative, nor is it a sit-around-and-chitchat type of book. There's real teeth here, and while some people [...]

    Niciodată nu mi-au plăcut cărțile cu final deschis. Dar a fost interesantă și cu subiecte provocatoare, care puteau fi mult mai bine exploatate, în loc să se fi pus atâta accent pe detaliile banale. Iar personajele ar fi putut fi mai bine conturate. Aș fi preferat să văd o versiune a poveștii spusă de tatăl protagonistului și nu de fiul bucătarului, care a avut un rol aproape neînsemnat. Până la final, am tot așteptat să explodeze ceva, să fie spuse adevărurile cu voce ta [...]

    This is a very successful novel that is am important precursor -- both in complexity and range -- to various English novels about South Asia today. It tells us about interwoven lives (first world/third world world, Pakistan/US, upper/lower classes, older/younger generations, etc.) and explores struggles and aspirations. It is indeed a novel about trespasses, and onel I wish I had read much sooner.

    this is a well written and cleverly crafted story. there are multiple layers and intriguing twists that have the disparate strands within the book intertwine in seamless way.I've also concluded that Khan's writing has, what I consider--to my ears/eyes, an American style or voice. By this, I mean it's up front and especially in this book, doesn't possess much frills and embellishments. (And while there is a prospective bride/groom viewing scene, I was quite pleased that the author did not produce [...]

    The story is about Daanish, the doctor's son and Dia, the daughter of a silk merchant who fall in love with each other only to find out that they shared the the same father in the end. In this novel, the author draws a good picture on Pakistani culture, the wellbeing of the city Karachi as to compare to a small city in the US/London and the pressures most Pakistani youngsters faced about arranged marriage. But most of all I'd like to know how is it now in Pakistan if daughters/sons were still no [...]

    At first it definately caught me into the story, and by the middle I was already building my own ending. Unfortunately a few chapters later I found myself dragged into the conflict of the time (the Gulf war) instead of the story that got me interested at first: The love story between Daanish and Dia and the silk worms. I won't reveal the ending, but for me, at least it left me in the air and with many questions unsolved. I believe that is what made me feel dissapointed. Though it's an entertaini [...]

    This review is going to be really short. Mostly because I have absolutely no idea what to write.Uzma Aslam Khan gives us an impression of life in Pakistan today, with all the social, political and economical problems that come with it. And she is quite good at doing that.The problem is the fact that she really only leaves the reader with impressions; to me at least, nothing felt real. Sometimes peculiar storytelling choices also left me wondering what was really going on, and the look at the pol [...]

    Very engaging story, perfectly created characters, good interlinking and much details about the silkworm farming and country's situation at the time of setting. Nice read.

    it was one of the ebst books i ever read. very poigant, she has sucha gift in describing the 90s pakistani society with all its complexities and contradicitons.

    I only recently discovered this author who has apparently been around for some time (over ten years) and just loved this book. The writing is gorgeous and fiery and really makes you think.

    Interesting story, good insight into Pakistani and Muslim day-to-day culture. Well developed characters, families and story lines. However, I did get the feeling that the author would rather be writing political exposes on international affairs, if only they would reach more readers than a novel. So instead, she writes a good story, but uses the story to highlight international political realities involving Pakistan and the US.The author often makes accurate, pointed jabs at western/American cul [...]

    We’ve all read The Kite Runner, even those of us who haven’t. And suddenly, we all knew everything that was enough to finally place Afghanistan on our mental maps. The book and America have helped place the country in a space where stereotypes are broken and made. Make no mistake, I love The Kite Runner. I also admire the Afghani women, their landscape (thanks to William Dalrymple), and their unforgettable history. But until the book came out, there was no way the outside world could have pu [...]

    Nu există prea multă violență explicită în cartea asta și totuși în perioada în care am citit-o violența surdă mi s-a prelins în subconștient și am avut numai vise ciudate care ilustrau cartea, cum rar mi se întâmplă.Și nici măcar nu e vorba exact de violență este mai degrabă o apăsare, o agresiune abia perceptibilă cel puțin așa a fost pentru mine. Senzația unui cerc închis, a unui tavan foarte jos, a unui drum înfundat, a unei striviri. Titlul original, Trespassin [...]

    I absolutely love it when I read a book that is so phenomenal that I just want to shout it from the mountaintop! Trespassing is most definitely one of those books. I will attempt to quickly summarize a somewhat lengthy and engrossing plot: in many ways Trespassing is a Romeo & Juliet-esque story of forbidden love set in Pakistan in the early 1990 19s. However, the beauty of Khan 19s novel lies in her decision to divide the book into sections, each narrated by a different character. Through t [...]

    Uzma Aslam Khan’s character driven tale of two young Pakistanis, Trespassing, lays out in sweaty detail the tension between the old adage “you can’t go home again” and the one that says you can take the Pakistani out of Pakistan, but you can’t take the Pakistan out of the Pakistani.Through Daanish, a Pakistani studying in American, and Dia, the precocious daughter of a silk merchant, Khan explores the interplay between tradition and modernization, culture and prejudice.Structurally, Kh [...]

    ăscută in Lahore, la o aruncătură de băț de granița cu India, Uzma Aslam Khan sare în Trespassing peste tot soiul de garduri și bariere, fie ele naturale sau sociale, ale Pakistanului anilor ’80 și ’90, cu ocazionale drumuri peste ocean, in Amrika cea cu ouăle de aur, sau în Londra anilor ’60 și atinge mai multe subiecte decât pot încăpea confortabil în 330 de pagini.Primele scene ne primesc vijelios cu un tânăr pakistanez la studii in America, unde cunoaște atât minun [...]

    This complicated novel, set primarily during the period of the Gulf War, is of interest for its perspective on the relationship between America and Pakistan and for its depiction of everyday life in Karachi and in rural Pakistan.There are many stories here, told through different narrators and through shifts back and forth in time. There is the story of an unhappy young Pakistani man attending an American college that seems to be a cross between Amherst and UMass. There is another plot line that [...]

    Too many characters to keep track of & lots of time jumping did not help the story.I felt it was a bit predictable with the final secret revealed

    This started off well, but petered out at the end. Daanish, a Pakistani student who attends college in the U.S has returned home to Pakistan for the funeral of his father. Before long, his mother is trying to arrange his marriage to a young Pakistani woman. Danish is instead entranced by another young woman named Dia, whose family owns a silk factory. Dia is an unsuitable woman for Daanish for reasons uncovered in the book (and easy enough to figure out before the author explains why). I liked D [...]

    A minor character Hameed Bhai said, "We were born to water. We drown on land." I knew Riffat must have had a relationship with Shafqat (Dannish's dad) since that was the point when Riffat prohibited her daughter Dia to meet Daanish ever again! OMG - the gift that the doctor, or Shafqat, had left behind was Dia. I hate the fact that Dia ended up alone and realized how domineering Daanish was and that he was her half-brother. I still don't get what happened to Salaamat and the turtles in the end - [...]

    This was okay, but the author tried too hard to weave several distinct themes (historical/political events, gender issues, science, etc.) into her novel and it just didn't work very well. The characters weren't well-developed, the glimpses at historical events were incomplete (though,to be fair, perhaps if I'd lived in Pakistan I'd feel differently), and the end just kind of left me hanging. This was a nice enough read but not much more than that.

    marketed as a story of forbidden love in Pakistan between the Dia, the daughter of a silk farmer, and Daanish, the son of a journalist. Had the story remained focused on that storyline it might have worked better as a novel. Instead Khan spins a series of stories involving the main characters and the affair appears to be little more than the hook to link disparate stories together.Full review mmmporium/trespassing

    This was my first book by a Pakistani author and I found it insightful into the clashes of culture in Pakistan. The love story is rather detached, but the author does well bringing all the subplots together.

    The book pulled me in with its story, especially the love story between the protagonists and the history of relationships between both families. There was one section of the book that I felt took away from the "flow" of the story. But overall, a fantastic book.

    Found it to be an Ok book. Convenient twists in the plot. Gave me an insight into the circumstances and life in Pakistan.

    I loved this book. The subject matter was heavy at times. I was definitely engrossed while reading.

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