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Acing turmoil It's 1985 The mullahs and the generals are in control and an insurgency is beginning in Kashmir Meanwhile Bilis's servant girl Mumtaz enters a relationship with Omar a young man caring for a neighboring house Omar is an intense man who resents Pakistan's class system and his frustration leads him to the freedom movement in Kashmir But Mumtaz is in love and willing to sa. Bilis is a recently windowed middle aged lady in Karachi and the matriarch of her extended and fairly noble family However her son has emigrated to Australia and shows no signs of moving back to a country that s increasingly under the thumb of the twin repression of the military and religious fundamentalists the book is set in 1985 She is thus forced to confront the dissolution of traditions and familial obligations that bear increasing importance as she ages aloneIt s a book that dwells effectively on the mother son relationship without getting either sentimental or cynical in handling a familiar storyline about a son rejecting arranged matches in favor of a western woman and life in Australia The theme of modernity and generational change is universal whatever the specific Pakistani touchstones invoked here are It s a haunting and read in a certain mood depressing insight into how every human gradually loses meaning and connectedness as they age

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A haunting novel about a mother and son and the emotional conseuences of leaving homeBilis Ara Begum an aristocratic widow is dismayed when her only son Samad marries Kate an Australian girl and settles in Melbourne rather than returning home to Pakistan Though Samad attempts to persuade his mother to join them in Australia she insists on remaining in Karachi even while Pakistan is f. When a young Pakistani man marries an Australian woman his mother opposes the union since he moves away to Australia Much of the story centers around the mother Bilis who loves her homeland so intensely that she is blind to its turmoils and violence The son s conflict is a universal one as Sayad struggles with his roles as son husband and father and the demand that each of these roles make

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Crifice her honor to be with him The intertwining stories of Bilis Samad and Mumtaz offer a powerful and nuanced portrait of Pakistan in the modern era a place of conflicting loyalties rich with history and culture and plagued by violence Abidi's precise and elegant prose illuminates the struggle between a mother and son to reconcile their love for each other with their love for home. This book is excellent on so many levels There are no wasted words book is full at only 200 pages Conflict between European educated Muslims and Islam parents and their children how tightly do we hold them how do we stay close when they are adults I don t say this lightly when I say that this book will stay with me I thought that I was tired of the MuslimIslam conflicts but this book is real and personal


About the Author: Azhar Abidi

Azhar Abidi was born in Pakistan and lives in Melbourne Australia His work has been published in The Guardian Weekly the Australian literary journal Meanjin and in The Best Australian Essays 2004



10 thoughts on “Twilight

  1. says:

    The House of Biluis originally published as ‘Twilight’ in Australia is a sort of pointless book in that its plot doesn’t seek to do much beyond give the author space to hold forth on the decline of the times and so on and so forth As a commentary on the times it’s faintly interesting but because its characters f

  2. says:

    Set in Pakistan this is not a novel of war or politics or religion or oppression It’s the story of families and relationships told in the wistful knowing voice of one who cannot change the course of eventsBilis an aging widow and professor of literature is alone — save for her servants — after her son her only child marries

  3. says:

    When a young Pakistani man marries an Australian woman his mother opposes the union since he moves away to Australia Much of the story centers around the mother Bilis who loves her homeland so intensely that she is blind to its turmoils and violence The son's conflict is a universal one as Sayad struggles with his roles as son husband and fat

  4. says:

    i read it 1st paragraph its looked v nice further comments will after finishing this novel

  5. says:

    I truly enjoyed this lovely tale set in Pakistan

  6. says:

    Bilis is a recently windowed middle aged lady in Karachi and the matriarch of her extended and fairly noble family However her son has emigrated to Australia and shows no signs of moving back to a country that's increasingly under the thumb of the twin repression of the military and religious fundamentalists the book is set in 1985 She is thus forced to confront the dissolution of traditions and familial obl

  7. says:

    A uaint novel of the inter generational conflict growth culture and change Though the narrative seemed disjointe

  8. says:

    This book is excellent on so many levels There are no wasted words book is full at only 200 pages Conflict between European educated Muslims and Islam parents and their children how tightly do we hold them how do we stay close when they are adults I don't say this lightly when I say that this book will stay with me I thought that I

  9. says:

    Not a terrible book but at times I found Abidi's dialogue a bit preachy I did appreciate the look into the gradually decaying world of late 1980s Karachi that I myself lived through but even with that background I did not find myself that moved by the characters with the notable exception of the servant Mumtaz

  10. says:

    I knew nothing neutral about Pakistanis before reading this novel It felt like it explained a lot of things about the islamic culture which has its own uniue flavor The characters I thought were all compelling in their degrees of loyalty if that's the right word to the hold of tradition versus the pull of change

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