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I d wanted to start reading this book earlier but the goodreads ratings and reviews of it were so negative that I had to think twice before taking it up Now that I ve finally finished reading this novel, all I have to say is please do not trust goodreads ratings they re misleading and will keep you from reading good books An average rating of 2.75 REALLY, GOODREADS Its been a while since I read a novel chronicling the events of my own country and hence it was pleasant to read the wish m I d wanted to start reading this book earlier but the goodreads ratings and reviews of it were so negative that I had to think twice before taking it up Now that I ve finally finished reading this novel, all I have to say is please do not trust goodreads ratings they re misleading and will keep you from reading good books An average rating of 2.75 REALLY, GOODREADS Its been a while since I read a novel chronicling the events of my own country and hence it was pleasant to read the wish maker This book is set in the bitter sweet 90 s so it brought a fresh wave of nostalgia for all the old times What I found remarkable about the wish maker is how it covered the stories of all the characters from Chotti to Naseem in a way that you make an acquaintance with the most intimate parts of the characters The writing style of the author is intricate there are some passages in the book that I read and had to stare at the wall for a moment or two because of the brilliance with which they were described For me, the first 200 pages of the book were the most satisfying to read After that, the book loses some of its charm Zaki Shirazi may be a good protagonist but he s an extremely dull charater, there s no character development and if there is, I failed to see it He s a sidekick to Samar Api who wasn t exactly my favourite character even though she is lively and vivacious I like the way the author has paid attention to detail while writing his characters His portrayal of personalities of his various characters is superbly done As much as I liked the writing style, I can t say the same for the story itself The story just goes on There s no real purpose of it It s a coming of age novel so I guess that s exactly whats supposed to happen but I still waited for an event to take place which, sadly, never happens While reading The Wish Maker I decided to listen to Ali Sethi s songs and oddly enough the experiment went really with the tone of the book Overall, I m not unhappy with how this book turned out 4 stars Read Ali Sethi s The Wishmakerfor a very detailed glimpse of life in modern day Pakistan, and less for a textbook representation of plot progression The book centers on a family, and opens with preparations for a wedding During the course of the novel we are given many stories surrounding the family and its members The story is narrated through the eyes of college graduate Zaki, but it becomes clear that the heart of the family is its strong women.This was my first dose of Pakistani lit Read Ali Sethi s The Wishmakerfor a very detailed glimpse of life in modern day Pakistan, and less for a textbook representation of plot progression The book centers on a family, and opens with preparations for a wedding During the course of the novel we are given many stories surrounding the family and its members The story is narrated through the eyes of college graduate Zaki, but it becomes clear that the heart of the family is its strong women.This was my first dose of Pakistani literature, and overall I was fascinated by the elements of cultural in particular the influence of traditional Islamic values and how they clashed with the metropolitan city of Lahore I admit, at times it was confusing, keeping the characters straight and not getting lost amongst the dozens of subplots The Wishmaker is a lot to take in, but it is a unique and successful depiction of the evolution of today s Pakistani lifestyle an impressive debut I had high hopes for this book I know very little about Pakistani culture, and still know very little Understanding that this is a novel, and not meant to teach me about anything, I still just could not get interested in the many characters this is written about It is centered on a young boy, Zaki, and what he goes through living with a lot of women, including a female cousin Samar Api from whom most of the teen aged type drama comes from His day to day experiences are written out, and the p I had high hopes for this book I know very little about Pakistani culture, and still know very little Understanding that this is a novel, and not meant to teach me about anything, I still just could not get interested in the many characters this is written about It is centered on a young boy, Zaki, and what he goes through living with a lot of women, including a female cousin Samar Api from whom most of the teen aged type drama comes from His day to day experiences are written out, and the prose was nothing to complain about, it was simply the dryness of the actual story that made it difficult to read It reverts from Zaki s point of view to then focusing on his mother, at an earlier time, and at another interval it goes into a different character, at another time I just could not get my head wrapped around it since it bounced me around like a ping pong ball I dislike books that go back and forth in time with multiple characters as I cannot get a mental grip on it I assume the author was aiming for a family saga type of genre with the way the many characters were given special attention, from the grandmother to the cousin to a friend.It actually started off promising, I did enjoy it for the first 100 pages or so And this is a debut novel so I was making allowances for it But it was about halfway through when I started feeling let down I did appreciate the referrals to Benazir, although I had to use Wikipedia to figure out the reality of what was going on when they forced Benazir Bhutto out as Prime Minister for the first time I disliked Zaki s sexual experiences, which were few, but it probably jaded and disgusted me from then and there Yet, I read the book to about page 305 of my Advance Reading Copy and just flipped through the rest, I spent 4 days on this book and did not look forward to having to pick it up again I wanted to get to some point where I would say this was worth it but I didn t foresee it happening.I am fully aware that this is my opinion only, and I can see ontwo favorable reviews on it so there has got to be an audience for this coming of age story in a round about way type of book is there a plot here Perhaps for those in or close to Pakistan this would be a winner Unfortunately, that just wasn t me for this one I am curious to know what others felt about it though, am I just a complete fool who cannot recognize pure genius We shall see Despite Sethi s remarkable talent for weaving words together with poetry and poignancy, I can understand why The Wish Maker has received such low ratings on this site Because here s the thing The Wish Maker is a story about a Pakistani family told by a Pakistani author and seems to address a Pakistani reader By this I mean that the novel is unapologetic in its addressing of Desi customs or words Sethi doesn t attempt to explain the meanings of italicized Urdu words or describe what shalwar k Despite Sethi s remarkable talent for weaving words together with poetry and poignancy, I can understand why The Wish Maker has received such low ratings on this site Because here s the thing The Wish Maker is a story about a Pakistani family told by a Pakistani author and seems to address a Pakistani reader By this I mean that the novel is unapologetic in its addressing of Desi customs or words Sethi doesn t attempt to explain the meanings of italicized Urdu words or describe what shalwar kameez dupatta look like This isn t the attempt of a Desi man introducing Desi culture to an international audience.Instead, it s a personal journey and a vivid recounting of the way that relationships are woven together in Pakistan, of the struggles that are perhaps a part of every Pakistani s life in one way or another South Asians can probably relate well to the honesty with which Sethi presents his characters, seeing in themselves the facades and the genuineness that complex people are comprised of.There is no real story, no exact plot progression but as you read through the rich details and the beautiful imagery his language evokes, you feel that this was the purpose The true strength of The Wish Maker lies in the many stories that have brought the characters to where they are now, rather than an overarching plot Sethi s focus on the struggles and strength of the women of the family shines best with his ability to understand the emotional and mental development of his characters.If you re looking for a story with a strong plot and progress through action, this is not the book for you If you are not from South Asia and are hoping this will be a good introduction into life in Pakistan, you may want to reconsider But if you are someone who enjoys poetic prose and stories that focus on character development and the complex relationships that can exist in multi generational tales and large South Asian families, you may want to pick this up ( Read ) ♔ The Wish Maker ♉ Zaki has returned home to PakistanHis childhood friend and cousin Samar is getting married, and he s come to wish her happiness for the future But returning to the family home in Lahore crammed as it is with relatives Zaki is confronted vividly with the past that has shaped not only his and his cousin s lives, but also those of his extended family The Wishmaker is a sweeping, powerful epic that stretches back into the past of a troubled family in a troubled country, finding the roots of today s struggles in the lives and events that shaped yesterday Ali Sethi is a supremely untalented writer To say that the book overpromises and undelivers is inaccurate, for the book has almost nothing to do with what the synopsis claims All that the book has are the ramblings of this 20 something year old about his childhood memories This book should have never seen the light of day, at least not in its current scrambled and unedited form.Sethi clearly comes from a connected south asian family, and pehaps that s all it takes to get a south asian book ou Ali Sethi is a supremely untalented writer To say that the book overpromises and undelivers is inaccurate, for the book has almost nothing to do with what the synopsis claims All that the book has are the ramblings of this 20 something year old about his childhood memories This book should have never seen the light of day, at least not in its current scrambled and unedited form.Sethi clearly comes from a connected south asian family, and pehaps that s all it takes to get a south asian book out and connected to the extent that this boy is now apparently making music in Pakistan I have no doubt he will soon have a music record to show for it as well, but I am also as sure that he is as true to his music as he is to his writing Do you remember the time when I gave only two stars to Uzma Aslam Khan s Trespassing To me, The Wish Maker is exactly what Trespassing could have been, had it been good.The purpose of both books is to paint a picture of modern day Pakistan, and they both use a young man returning to the country from his studies in America to do so.The similarities end there, because while Uzma Aslam Khan focused on her oddity of a plot, Ali Sethi focuses on his characters and their stories He does so in a Do you remember the time when I gave only two stars to Uzma Aslam Khan s Trespassing To me, The Wish Maker is exactly what Trespassing could have been, had it been good.The purpose of both books is to paint a picture of modern day Pakistan, and they both use a young man returning to the country from his studies in America to do so.The similarities end there, because while Uzma Aslam Khan focused on her oddity of a plot, Ali Sethi focuses on his characters and their stories He does so in a peaceful way, describing little anecdotes to highlight a part of someone s personality He s rarely badmouthing any of the characters, and I found that I came to love our main character Zaki for the things he remembers about a person He stays very hidden from the reader s view despite being the narrator for huge portions of the book, but I had no problems finding him in the observations he makes.At times, Sethi goes on a historical tangent, as he follows the journey of one of the other characters, and he then touches upon some important moments in Pakistani history You don t learn a lot though, unless you look up the events in question for yourself, as he doesn t educate you on what happened, he just assumes the reader knows and mentions it in passing to enhance the experience This might not make it the perfect book if it is your first literary journey to Pakistan, but I quite liked being trusted like this as a reader.There is a plot like thing happening, but I didn t think it was all that important I actually felt like looking at a painting, being able to zoom in on someone, then zoom out again and look somewhere else, seeing relationships between the people inhabiting this picture, being allowed to smell the spices and feel the breeze It comes down to Sethi s writing, which felt very familiar to me, like joining Zaki in coming home He uses short sentences and easy words, and somehow that makes it special without it needing to try I ve seen reviews saying it s too flowery, but I ve read so much prose from both India and Pakistan, I would miss something if it wouldn t be like that Review can also be found at 238 books in 238 days Recommended To Fans of contemporary adult fic, South Asian history and DESI people Goodreads ratings are misleading, big time This book was a delight, it was everything I was expecting andIf you re sick of reading about white people and their culture or just anything foreign and long for something desi , look no further This is a coming of age story and with Sethi s knack for writing exceptional characters and creating amazing descriptions for the backdrop of the novel 80s and 90s L Recommended To Fans of contemporary adult fic, South Asian history and DESI people Goodreads ratings are misleading, big time This book was a delight, it was everything I was expecting andIf you re sick of reading about white people and their culture or just anything foreign and long for something desi , look no further This is a coming of age story and with Sethi s knack for writing exceptional characters and creating amazing descriptions for the backdrop of the novel 80s and 90s Lahore, Pakistan all old souls rejoice please , it was a complete nostalgic trip down the lane of lives my parents grandparents love to talk about Here s the thing though, I might be bias No, I am bias Because, duh, Pakistani, Lahore is love On a serious note, as a Pakistani it was easier to envisage places mentioned in the novel MALL ROAD , connect to major historical events history student here and laugh on the humour only Pakistanis or well only desi people can understand References to Faiz s poems, Madam Noor Jehan s singing, Benazir Bhutto and PPP Roti, Kapra, Makaan and the general political turbulence experienced by the country in that period were highly appreciated and relatable as well as a treat to read about Although, there was no larger progressive plot or in simple words, a climax, that readers search for in any book, the intricately woven characters, their lives and dilemmas were well presented I also loved that there were a lot of Pakistans to admire in the book the newly independent Pakistan, the conservative Pakistan under zia s martial law , the war torn Pakistan, the feminist Pakistan and lotsthis was the one thing that made me go through some bland over descriptive chapters Sethi perfectly captured the complex relationships of an unconventional family, missing a key father figure, and the way the society shaped the lives of Pakistani people back in the day Overall, this was a highly enjoyable read, but I, personally would ve enjoyed itwithout the occasional bland chapters and with an addition of a climax The ending was great though Samar Api, your Amitabh is here Aww The Wish Maker is a tale of an upper middle class Pakistani family run by strong willed women from the point of view of young Zaki who is observant and silent, trying to search for a place in his family and fit in What I absolutely loved about the book was the fact that it was not only a coming of age story of a young Pakistani read Lahori boy but also a road down the memory lane of 60s and 70s when liberalism was at its peak, partying and alcohol was not a problem, to when Bhutto was tried i The Wish Maker is a tale of an upper middle class Pakistani family run by strong willed women from the point of view of young Zaki who is observant and silent, trying to search for a place in his family and fit in What I absolutely loved about the book was the fact that it was not only a coming of age story of a young Pakistani read Lahori boy but also a road down the memory lane of 60s and 70s when liberalism was at its peak, partying and alcohol was not a problem, to when Bhutto was tried in the courts and people were showing their reactions and late 80s, when there was strong censorship and Islamization ban on alcohol and the like change of governments in 90s and Zaki s family reactions brought a similar wave of nostalgia although I was very young in 90s and remember very little, mostly from the discussions of elders Other than his witty observance of the political scene, growing up of Zaki and Samar Apa in 90s along with their friends brought back sweet wistfulness of 90s when kids would regularly visit each other house, cousins would stay over nights, movies would be rented and watched on VCR, TV antennas would be fixed for channels and then Dish Satellite would replace antenna, one landline would be owned by every house and everyone house member would use only that, and later when the emergence of internet Chat rooms was supposedly the coolest thing in the crowd.Zaki and Samar Api s relationship throughout the book is one of the many reasons why one cannot put the book back without finishing Samar Api is older, condescending and intimidating for Zaki but that does not lessen Zaki s love for her Zaki is Samar Api s minion no matter how harsh Samar Api could be sometimes to him He does what she says and does not interrupt or correct her even if he knows she is making a mistake He accompanies her in all her reckless adventures and decisions and keeps her secrets even if it means compromising the truth The end does not end well for either of them But for Zaki, Samar Api changes his life in one way or the other.The Wish Maker although a work of fiction is a glaring truth of the events that were before partition in Lahore and that occurred right after partition the fleeing of Sikhs and Hindus, killing of Muslims and Hindus on both sides of the borders to the way politics impacted the life of rich and the poor in 70s, late 80s and 90s there is a little glimpse of life in Pakistan after 9 11 as well which makes is closer to relate something that lacks in a lot of writings.One thing that makes this book a little foreign for a Pakistani reader could be the that sometimes while reading, it feels like Ali Sethi has probably written this book as if his audience is non Pakistani and foreign where he has to explain every tradition and every gesture such as Azaan in a simpler, comical way which takes away the desi beauty of it Otherwise the flow of the story is simple yet magical to grip the attention of the reader till the end I should warn you right away, this book doesn t have a lot of suspense, you don t have to wait for what might happen in the end.The novel is about an upper middle class family in Lahore It is similar to a lot of other novels coming out from Pakistan since 2000 The writer growing up in Pakistan, going to colleges in America, and to a lesser extent in Britain, coming back, and writing books in English After the protagonist in this novel comes back from America, he narrates his life growing up, I should warn you right away, this book doesn t have a lot of suspense, you don t have to wait for what might happen in the end.The novel is about an upper middle class family in Lahore It is similar to a lot of other novels coming out from Pakistan since 2000 The writer growing up in Pakistan, going to colleges in America, and to a lesser extent in Britain, coming back, and writing books in English After the protagonist in this novel comes back from America, he narrates his life growing up, his parents life, especially his mom s, and his grandparent s There s quite a lot on the politics of the county, especially during the 80s and 90s The author s focus is this upper call family and their sheltered environment There s almost nothing on other people their servants their lives, their struggles It s probably because other than the western audience, the vast majority of people in Pakistan who would read this book, will also belong to that small elite class The flaw in this novel is that author doesn t deeply divulge into lives of characters, I felt the description of almost all the characters is at the superficial level I didn t get to see why people did what they did, they just did it