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Train to Pakistan (Q&A)

August 22, 2008

Lizzie says: My husband, the English major, just had me read Train to Pakistan when I had nothing in my TBR list. I found it hard to concentrate on, though. Was it an easy read for you?
When I started reading it, I thought it was non-fiction, so for the first few pages I was disoriented! lol Then it took me about fifty pages to get really into the story. I sped through the second half, though-I was so concerned about how it would end! And I loooooved the ending-so hopeful. :)

Tara says: But feel free to talk about Train to Pakistan soon. I’m curious about it.
It’s a very powerful story, set during the seperation of India and Pakistan on the border. It’s definitely worth reading, and even rereading.

Alisa says: I would love to hear more about Train to Pakistan.
Even more?! Really?! lol Well, I’d say the main purpose of the novel is to explore the political themes of the seperation of India and Pakistan. But it’s really about how big picture policies can affect individual people, and what happens when a person finds him/herself facing one of those decisions that will affect who s/he is for the rest of her/his life. Does that make sense? I definitely think you’d like it!

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  1. August 23, 2008 4:20 am

    I loved the book. I am an Indian so may be I can relate to it more. We had so many things about the partition of India and Pakistan, but this book gives a really intimate and personal account of the tragedy. Just like an inside story.

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