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A major new international voice debuts with a sweeping story of love friendship and family ties that brings to life the turbulent world of modern PakistanThe unforgettable story of a fatherless boy growing up in a household of outspoken women The Wish Maker is also a tale of sacrifice betrayal and indestructible friendship Zaki Shirazi and his female cousin Samar Api were raised to consider themselves part of the same litter Together they watched American television and memorized dialogue 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 friendIt 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 happeningI am fully aware that this is my opinion only and I can see on two 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 Damsels in Distress of love friendship and family ties that brings to life the turbulent world The Thread of modern 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Self It is only after years of separation from Samar that he is forced to confront the true nature of happiness selfhood and commitment to those he loves mostChronicling world changing events that have never been so intimately observed in fiction and brimming with unmistakable warmth and humor The Wish Maker is the powerful account of a family and an era a story that shows how even in the most rapidly shifting circumstances there are bonds that survive the tugs of convention time and histo 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 crowdZaki and Samar Api s relationship throughout the book is one of the many reasons why one cannot put the book back without 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  • Hardcover
  • 432
  • The Wish Maker
  • Ali Sethi
  • English
  • 04 June 2019
  • 9781594488757

About the Author: Ali Sethi

Ali Sethi grew up in Pakistan in a family of dissenting journalists and publishers A recent Harvard graduate he has contributed to The New York Times and The Nation among other publications He currently lives in Lahore



10 thoughts on “The Wish Maker

  1. says:

    I really disliked this book It was painful to get through By the end I was just skimming trying to finish hoping something redeeming would happen I should have just uit reading like I wanted to initially Nothing happens in

  2. says:

    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 interest

  3. says:

    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 plea

  4. says:

    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 Pakist

  5. says:

    Read Ali Sethi’s The Wishmaker for 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 n

  6. says:

    Recommended To Fans of contemporary adult fic South Asian history and DESI peopleGoodreads ratings are misleading big timeThis book was a delight it was everything I was expecting and If you're sick of reading abou

  7. says:

    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 formSethi clearly comes from a connected south asian family and peha

  8. says:

    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

  9. says:

    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 goodThe purpose of both books is to paint a picture of modern day Pakis

  10. says:

    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 endThe novel is about an upper middle class family in Lahore It is similar to a lot of other novels coming out

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