Season of the Rainbirds (1993) by Nadeem Aslam


Critical Assessment "The early chapters describing life in an unnamed Pakistani village lead one to expect something praiseworthy and exceedingly dull. But this first novel by the young writer Nadeem Aslam grows startlingly better. "The sleepy little place turns out to have intrigue underway – murders, conspiracies and suspected adulteries, all sifted and judged by choruses of scandalised townsfolk lounging in shops and hanging about doorways. Aslam gives a forceful picture of a tightly meshed community in which the very notion of privacy seems an invitation to sin and the least consequential deed ripples out to encompass everyone. . . . [...]