The Wandering Falcon, by Jamil Ahmad

The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book reads like a book of short but interconnected stories bound together by one character who appears in all of them. The Wandering Falcon is not a central character in any of the stories, instead his observations take the form of a non-judgmental commentary from the periphery. The stories centre around a group of nomadic tribes in the areas where the borders of Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan meet. For hundreds of years these tribes have moved freely in this region according to the push and pull of the seasons, but as the lines of modern nation states are drawn up their traditional ways of life suddenly come under threat. It’s authentic, beautifully written and incredibly sad for the most part – the treatment of women, as with many novels set in against a traditional backgrop in the Middle East, makes for uneasy reading to put it lightly. But the result, as always, is to feel better informed; as though someone has pushed the door open just far enough to catch a glimpse at what’s inside. View all my reviews

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