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Brick Walls Perfect Paperback – June 3, 2015
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"Faruqi's stories beautifully capture the similarities (of the human condition); her ambitious, flawed, raw characters are easy to relate to for any reader, regardless of ethnicity." Brown Girl Magazine book review.
"Faruqi is able to take on the voices of each of her diverse cast of characters, voicing ten year old Nida as convincingly as that of the elderly, crotchety but warm hearted Farzana." Muslimah Media Watch book review.
"Faruqi's evocative collection is like a breath of fresh air as it breaks through all the clutter of violence, terrorism and fear, and offers much hope and faith in humanity despite the odds." Kitaab book review.
"In Brick Walls Faruqi brings us seven short stories with heartbreaking verisimilitude of life in modern Pakistan. It is both a love letter to her home country and a stark, critical look at its current challenges." Katherine Russell Thought Log book review.
"Brick Walls offers a tantalizing glimpse into a Pakistan rarely seen in the West: one in which hope and heartbreak, love and longing, luck and disaster are woven into the lives of every character you meet." Ayesha Mattu, editor of Love InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women and Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, & Intimacy.
"Saadia Faruqi is a promising writer whose heart-warming tales about Pakistan contain the ability to entertain, surprise, and move. Her honest portrayals of Pakistani life in all its hues are thoroughly enjoyable." Bina Shah, author of A Season for Martyrs.
"Faruqi's short stories sparkle with warmth and hope for humanity. Brick Walls is a lovely collection by a promising new writer". Soniah Kamal, award winning author of An Isolated Incident.
"Faruqi's stories offer her readers an opportunity to look beyond the screaming headlines about Pakistan that focus on political turmoil and concerns over terrorism. Her focus is on the lives of ordinary Pakistanis impacted by those headlines, reflecting the search for survival and dignity common to most people around the world." Farah Ghuznavi, author of Fragments of Riversong.
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Saadia's most compelling writing technique is her knack for tension. She has this way of slipping in little hints - a detail that you might overlook or think nothing of - then wrapping everything back full circle. There were times I gasped, "No!" as I realized the foreshadowing from three pages ago had come back, and something terrible was about to happen. She pulls you in consciously and meticulously - with every detail, she gets you to love or sympathize with her characters and feel invested in their futures, fragile as they are.
If I have one wish for this book, it's that I want it to show more than explain, especially when it comes to the deep emotions each protagonist experiences. Saadia sets up each story with so much excellent tension, and I want to see the characters react instead of being told how they feel - then again, I'm an analytical reader and prefer to read between the lines, which isn't the case for everyone. Style preferences aside, there is much depth here to dissect.
As an American reader, I was grateful for the opportunity to explore these perspectives and learn more about a place that US news typically doesn't empathize with. Yet it's critical to acknowledge how many of our problems, hopes, dreams, loves, and passions parallel each other. That is the importance of world literature and this book: to let us hear these voices and feel their existence, no matter what physical distance separates us. Beyond the political critiques, Saadia hits on something even more important and memorable, at least for me: the shared beauty and common kindness of humanity.
Faruqi gained my respect primarily due to her unique style of leading a sedentary theme into a story of unbridled hope and revival. It is incredibly difficult to find a source of hope in so many hopeless lives, especially in a country such as Pakistan. Yet, she finds a ray of sunshine that illuminates the lives of the lead characters and makes their sacrifices worth the effort.
A thoroughly enjoyable read, full of surprises and an unparalleled, truthful rendition of her own homeland.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
To say that "Brick Walls" is about human suffering is to miss the point of this absorbing collection of short stories about every day life in Pakistan. Read morePublished 22 days ago by louis wu
I enjoyed the stories in this book immensely. They offer a view into a world totally unfamiliar to me - or so I thought. Read morePublished 29 days ago by MissM
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Saadia's collection of short stories. I fell in love with characters who are realistic and who are each struggling to find their paths and meaning in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by SHONA JABANG
I loved the stories in this book because I have seen these stories while I lived in Pakistan. These really are common stories of people which Saadia Faruqi writes and leaves you... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Karrie
I enjoyed Saadia Farqi's book of short stories very much. I originally read it on Kindle and didn't realize that it was coming to an end. I wish it had more stories in it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by raven
Saadia has given us a true gift. She has given us our humanity back by showing us the humanity of others. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MartyTroyer (The Peace Pastor)
This is a collection of heartfelt everyday stories, not censored media stories. This is a collection of characters with morals, who seek honest connections and realizations. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bethany
Many westerners harbor misguided or uneducated opinions of developing countries. South Asian and Middle Eastern countries in particular are often maligned, misunderstood, and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Read Diverse Books
These short stories present people of all ages in a variety of walks of life in modern day Pakistan. Read morePublished 2 months ago by morninglight mama