The Wandering Falcon. Jamil Ahmad



For Readers Of Khaled Hosseini, Daniyal Mueenuddin, And Mohsin Hamid, A Remarkable, Award Winning Book About The Tribes Of Pakistan And Afghanistan In This Extraordinary Tale, Tor Baz, The Young Boy Descended From Both Chiefs And Outlaws Who Becomes The Wandering Falcon, Moves Between The Tribes Of Pakistan And Afghanistan And Their Uncertain Worlds Full Of Brutality, Humanity, Deep Love, Honor, Poverty, And Grace The Wild Area He Travels The Federally Administered Tribal Area Has Become A Political Quagmire Known For Terrorism And Inaccessibility Yet In These Pages, Eighty Year Old Debut Author Jamil Ahmad Lyrically And Insightfully Reveals The People Who Populate Those Lands, Their Tribes And Traditions, And Their Older, Timeless Ways In The Face Of Sometimes Ruthless Modernity This Story Is An Essential Glimpse Into A Hidden World, One That Has Enormous Geopolitical Significance Today And Still Remains Largely A Mystery To Us Jamil Ahmad Is A Storyteller In The Classic Sense There Is An Authenticity And Wisdom To His Writing That Harkens Back To Another Time The Wandering Falcon Reminds Us Why We Read And How Vital Fiction Is In Opening New Worlds To Our Imagination And Understanding.The Wandering Falcon. Jamil Ahmad

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  • Hardcover
  • The Wandering Falcon. Jamil Ahmad
  • Jamil Ahmad
  • English
  • 11 August 2018
  • 0241145155

10 thoughts on “The Wandering Falcon. Jamil Ahmad

  1. says:

    This is pretty interesting for a novel with no continuous plot and no appreciable character development It was written by an eighty year old man who had a long civil service career in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas around the Pakistan Afghanistan border This is where the book is set The chapters are only loosely connected, giving a broad view of the customs, laws, and lifestyles of the numerous tribes occupying the region Their values and attitudes are so foreign to the Western mind This is pretty interesting for a novel with no continuous plot and no appreciable character development It was written by an eighty year old man who had a long civil service career in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas around the Pakistan Afghanistan border This is where the book is set The chapters are only loosely connected, giving a broad view of the customs, laws, and lifestyles of the numerous t...

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    Recent events led me to starting this book, a choice that I now think I should have made ages ago Then again, an earlier reading would not have resulted in the same breed of appreciation, not while I continued to adhere to the common formula of treating literature and politics as distinct and isolated entities This is not to say that my interpretation is based on the current flavor of toxic vomit circulating in US media in regards to Pakistan, but rather that I acknowledged its insidious exist Recent events led me to starting this book, a choice that I now think I should have made ages ago Then again, an earlier reading would not have resulted in the same breed of appreciation, not while I continued to adhere to the common formula of treating literature and politics as distinct and isolated entities This is not to say that my interpretation is based on the current flavor of toxic vomit circulating in US media in regards to Pakistan, but rather that I acknowledged its insidious existence and stepped around accordingly I will never be successful at such careful endeavors so long as my country s fetish for war eyes the lands described in this book indeed I m likely presuming too much when I consider my ingrained prejudice will stop in accordance with the times , but this work went well enough for me to look forward to .A single word that comes ...

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    Jamil Ahmad, The Wandering FalconJamil Ahmed is a talented writer and a gifted storyteller He offers rare insight into the remote regions of Pakistan the tribal belts Like the landscape itself, the characters portrayed in these short stories are desolate, crude, unyielding and grotesque in their own way.Although these very strange lands are an integral part of my motherland, it pains me to say that I ve never visited any of these places, and these very places with their crude yet riveting beau Jamil Ahmad, The Wandering FalconJamil Ahmed is a talented writer and a gifted storyteller He offers rare insight into the remote regions of Pakistan the tribal belts Like the landscape itself, the characters portrayed in these short stories are desolate, crude, unyielding and grotesque in their own way.Although these very strange lands are an integral part of my motherland, it pains me to say that I ve never visited any of these places, and these very places with their crude yet riveting beauty app...

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    , The Great Game , , The Great Game , , , , , , , tribal code, The Sins of the Mother , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , A Kidnapping , , , , , , , , , , , , , The Death of Camels The Kharot tribe numbered about a million men whose entire lives were spent in wandering with the seasons In autumn, they would gather their flocks of sheep and herds of camels, fold up their woven woollen tents and start moving They spent the winter in the plains, restlessly moving from place to place as each opportunity to work came to an end Sometimes they merely let their animals take the decisions for them When the grazing was exhausted in one area, the animals forced them to move on to another site With the coming of spring they would start back to the highlands, their flocks heavy with fat and wool, the caravans loaded with food and provisions purchased out of the proceeds of work and trading men, women and children displaying bits of finery they had picked up in the plains This way of life had endured for centuries, but it would not ...

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    This is a difficult book to review, although I must say from the start that I truly enjoyed it If you read it, I have a suggestion Pretend that you are at a library or an outdoor event, in a group gathered around to listen to a great storyteller There is tea for everyone and perhaps some dates, nuts, and other little snacks Then the 80 year old Jamil Ahmad begins to tell strange and wonderful stories about the people of the tribal areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan.He gives some idea of the h This is a difficult book to review, although I must say from the start that I truly enjoyed it If you read it, I have a suggestion Pretend that you are at a library or an outdoor event, in a group gathered around to listen to a great storyteller There is tea for everyone and perhaps some dates, nuts, and other little snacks Then the 80 year old Jamil Ahmad begins to tell strange and wonderful stories about the people of the tribal areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan.He gives some idea of the harsh landscape and living conditions, but for the most part his stories are about the people he has worked among and understands Tribal leaders who make their point in meetings through parables, men who treat their animals better than their women, women who nevertheless manage to exert influence on decisions for the tribe, children who know instinctively who to trust.In short, this isn t a novel as you normally think of it A child, the Falcon, who is 5 years old in the first story is the thread upo...

  6. says:

    In the cracks and interstices of modern states Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran live people who do and do not belong nomads and other tribal peoples who negotiate a life with several governments This short work is a tribute to them, an account of them in concise stories and anecdotes The slow courtesies of speech a tribes immense tactfulness towards an old chief who has lost most of his eyesight but leads them out in action nevertheless, when obligation calls this same chief with his antiquat In the cracks and interstices of modern states Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran live people who do and do not belong nomads and other tribal peoples who negotiate a life with several governments This short work is a tribute to them, an account of them in concise stories and anecdotes The slow courtesies of speech a tribes immense tactfulness towards an old chief who has lost most of his eyesight but leads them out in action nevertheless, when obligation calls this same chief with his antiquated ethic of an uttered word being a pledge, in a court of law that treats his party as bandits and in their eyes, in turn, is rude, inhumane and uncivilized In an interview the author says, it appears this type of collectivity is less tyrannical,just, and has very simple rules of right and wrong, compared to other society In fact, if you think about it, the amount of brutality committed in the cities and what we know as ...

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    This book gets the distinction of a one sitting read Aside from refilling my whiskey on the rocks, I just couldn t stop.Whichever publisher brought this book to fruition should get a bonus Everything about it was perfect Its cover w built in leaf flaps, the uneven page cuts, the coverwork, the size It s just a cozy book The voice of this first time author at 80 years young is unique It is, endearingly, unromanticized or critical of its characters He narrates tragedies and joys alike, This book gets the distinction of a one sitting read Aside from refilling my whiskey on the rocks, I just couldn t stop.Whichever publisher brought this book to fruition should get a bonus Everything about it was perfect Its cover w built in leaf flaps, the uneven page cuts, the coverwork, the size It s just a cozy book The voice of this first time author at 80 years young is unique It is, endearingly, unromanticized or critical of its characters He narrates tragedies and joys alike, with an unemotional and so it was deta...

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    read two or three great reviews for this The Guardian called it one of the finest collections of stories to have come out of south Asia in decades These stories are set on the Afghan Pakistan border 30 or 40 years ago, before the rise of the Taliban, indeed before the Soviet invasion,concerned with the aftermath of the British empire some place names have disconcertingly British names It gives a great insight into the area a place ravaged by sand storms wind rages continuously d read two or three great reviews for this The Guardian called it one of the finest collections of stories to have come out of south Asia in decades These stories are set on the Afghan Pakistan border 30 or 40 years ago, before the rise of the Taliban, indeed before the Soviet invasion,concerned with the aftermath of the British empire some place names have disconcertingly British names It gives a great insight into the area a place ravaged by sand storms wind rages continuously during the four winter months, blowing clouds of alkali laden dust and sa...

  9. says:

    My goodness, I ve only read two books from the Man Asian Literary Prize longlist and already I d be hard pressed to choose between them According to the bio at Fishpond, Jamil Ahmad is a former Civil Servant who worked in the frontier provinces of Pakistan and also in Pakistan s embassy in Kabul before and during the Soviet Occupation of Afghanistan Now living in retirement in Islamabad with his wi...

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    It took Jamil Ahmad eight decades to pen his debut novel about that border place where Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan meet a hidden world ravaged by sand storms and hostile inter tribe relationships.It is knit together through the life of one man Tor Baz the eponymous wandering falcon Tor Baz is the orphan son of a Romeo and Juliet pair of lovers who defied the tribal code and as a result, were stoned to death by their tribesmen He becomes a nomad in an unforgiving environment, where the h It took Jamil Ahmad eight decades to pen his debut novel about that border place where Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan meet a hidden world ravaged by sand storms and hostile inter tribe relationships.It is knit together through the life of one man Tor Baz the eponymous wandering falcon Tor Baz is the orphan son of a Romeo and Juliet pair of lovers who defied the tribal code and as a result, were stoned to death by their tribesmen He becomes a nomad in an unfor...

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