Moth Smoke

Moth Smoke

Book - 2012
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"When Daru Shezad is fired from his banking job in Lahore, he begins a decline that plummets the length of this sharply drawn, subversive tale. Before long, he can't pay his bills, and he loses his toehold among Pakistan's cell-phone-toting elite. Daru descends into drugs and dissolution, and, for good measure, he falls in love with the wife of his childhood friend and rival, Ozi--the beautiful, restless Mumtaz. Desperate to reverse his fortunes, Daru embarks on a career in crime, taking as his partner Murad Badshah, the notorious rickshaw driver, populist, and pirate. When a long-planned heist goes awry, Daru finds himself on trial for a murder he may or may not have committed. The uncertainty of his fate mirrors that of Pakistan itself, hyped on the prospect of becoming a nuclear player even as corruption drains its political will."--Page [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2012
Edition: First Riverhead trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2000
ISBN: 9781594486609
Branch Call Number: FIC Hamid M
Characteristics: 270 pages ; 21 cm


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May 07, 2019

Read this book in one day....just couldn't put it down. Wondered why the title was called Moth I know why. Loved all the characters which had both good and bad in them. The descriptions, the details put you right there.

Aug 30, 2013

An arresting look at the underbelly of modern Pakistan, and a novel which may be slightly outside many readers' comfort zone. But don't let that stop you! ...This author also provides nuanced political and economic bytes that can make you wish for more.

Jane60201 Jan 13, 2013

Not as interesting as The Reluctant Fundamentalist but flashes of the work to come are in there.


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Sep 07, 2015

“When the uncertain future becomes the past, the past in turn becomes uncertain.”


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