Two men meet in Lahore, from totally different parts of the world yet connected by an understanding of a country they both know but from very different perspectives .
They share tea and a meal.
One comes from Pakistan yet has; studied, worked in America and loved an American woman . Erudite, well educated and sophisticated he tells his personal story of the American dream and how it is dashed by events out of his control.
A man where ambitions and cultural contradictions come together he thinks he understands himself well until he travels to South America and is enlightened. New realities kick in and a self appraisal takes place.
Although we are introduced gently and sympathetically to his background and beliefs he comes to a conclusion that does not just startle him but also questions our sympathetic reading of him. A contradiction within a contradiction .
Poignant, heart breaking and immensely challenging this book is a mirror to how we see ourselves and others . It is a thriller without thrills but builds a tension that causes you to not want to put the book down . Simple but deep, the story is written in an elegant almost old fashioned prose with the thoughts; posed, examined dissected and gently put back in place for you to come to your own opinions.
Probably, no definitely, the best book I have read this year . Not a new book by any means ( 2007) but one I wish I had read earlier .