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One Way to Pakistan: A Novel Paperback – January 18, 2007


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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (January 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142597421X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425974213
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,021,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Harold M. Bergsma is a son of medical missionaries who worked in Ethiopia and northern India for many years. His early schooling was in India, at Woodstock International School in Mussoorie, U.P. He speaks Urdu and some Punjabi. His earliest memories are of Taxila in the North West Frontier Province. Later he lived in Sialkot and as a teenager in Ludhiana. Bergsma also lived as a child in California and in Grand Rapids, Michigan. At the age of eighteen Bergsma returned with his parents to India and enrolled as a senior at Woodstock School, in the foothills of the Himalayas. Prior to beginning his senior year of studies he took part in a three month ornithological expedition to Nepal led by the late Dr. Robert L. Fleming, his mentor, under the auspices of the Chicago Field Museum and the National Geographic Society. After completing his high school at Woodstock, he returned to the United States for college. He earned a B.A. in Religious Studies and Elementary Education at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan; his M.A. was in Secondary Educational Administration at Michigan State University and his Ph.D. in International and Comparative Education and African Anthropology and Linguistics at M.S.U. He was a Fellow of the African Studies Institute. His first overseas professional experience was in Nigeria where he worked for twelve years as the founding high school principal for both the Bristow Secondary School and the Wukari Division Combined Secondary school for the Christian Reformed Board of Foreign Missions. He speaks and reads Tiv as well and has studied the Hausa language. He worked eight years at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, as Division Head to help establish the new Department of Secondary Education. He moved to New Mexico

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joan B. Manley on March 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Harold Bergsma's engrossing novel, "One Way to Pakistan," has everything going for it: intrigue, sensitive characterization , tender moments, skulduggery. Having lived for ten years in that part of the world, I found Bergsma's detailed descriptions so evocatively reminiscent. I could almost taste the mutton curry and smell the sandalwood. I recommend this book as required reading for anyone who applies for a visa to to Pakistan. (i would also suggest buying a round-trip ticket.)

Joan B. Manley, author, "She Flew No Flags," Houghton Mifflin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CCL on December 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
As Pakistan takes the focal stage in the current international affairs, this novel is a timely piece, which reminds us of how little we know of this country, its culture and its people. Growing up in India, before it was partitioned into Pakistan, Bergsma has a good grasp of the language and the culture, which is rather unusual for a westerner. He uses his knowledge of the land to tell the story of a young Philippine American woman who went into this country with total naivety and was soon ntangled in the intricate local culture and customs. She was later abducted and transported to the tribal region between Pakistan and Afghanistan, a hideout of Taliban and a hotbed for terrorists.
Through a story mixed with murder, abduction and rape, the author exposed many dark sides of human behavior in that part of the world with his vivid descriptions of each character.

What intrigued me the most is the thoughts and actions of some of the characters in the book. They are certainly beyond my comprehension. The author has spent many of his younger years in the Muslim culture. His portrayal of the characters is most likely derived from his own experiences. If fictions are sometimes stranger than truth then I cannot imagine what is still happening today in some of these societies. My job has brought me to many places in the world; however, I only had several brief encounters with a Muslim society to realize how rigid that is. I think you have to read this book to fully understand the intricacies of their culture and religion.

Is there any hope in globalization? Bergsma's book brings us to ponder this question. We live in a global village today but how many of us really understand cultures other than our own let alone appreciate them.
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