What are the best books set in Pakistan?

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    #1The Scriptwriter

    The Scriptwriter

    The Scriptwriter by Adeerus Ghayan is a non-fiction book on war and politics. This book would be loved by readers who are fans of a spy thriller. This book was published in 2014.


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    Janet Hudson
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Taking a look from the inside workings of a corrupt Pakistani government, this thriller intrigues and has you rooting for characters only to switch alliances. The setting is lush, and although fictional it gives insight into the specifics original to Pakistan. Take note-this is a fiction book, not non-fiction!"
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    #2In Other Rooms, Other Wonders

    In Other Rooms, Other Wonders

    In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in Fiction and the 2009 Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, is Daniyal Mueenuddin's novel that explores class and power relations in Pakistan.

    Bryan Alvarado
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I was looking for the best books set in Pakistan and this was absolutely perfect. I recommend it to everyone!"
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    #3Butterfly Season

    Butterfly Season

    Butterfly Season by Natasha Ahmed is a cultural fiction novel that illustrates the intricacies of falling in love at the most unexpected time while dealing with life's diverse sensibilities.


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    Tyler Webb
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "On her first holiday in six years, Rumi is expecting to relax and unwind. But when she is set up by her long-time friend, she doesn’t shy away from the possibilities. Ahad, a charming, independent, self-made man, captures her imagination, drawing her away from her disapproving sister, Juveria."
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    #4The Reluctant Fundamentalist

    The Reluctant Fundamentalist
    The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid is a fictional book on cultural Pakistan. This book was published in 2007 for young readers who have the thirsty mind for history.

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    Patricia Price
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is a an interesting book."
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    #5Pakistan: A Hard Country

    Pakistan: A Hard Country
    Pakistan: A Hard Country by Anatol Lieven is a non-fiction book on politics and history of Pakistan. This book was published in 2011. This book is a compelling and revealing read on history.

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    Brenda Martin
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I was looking for a hard hitting non fiction work about Pakistan and this book really delivered. It takes you through the history of this rich and beautiful yet harsh country in a compelling way that makes you not want to put it down. It gives nuances and lessons on the history of the country without drowning you in boring facts that make you want to fall asleep. I was compelled to keep reading which I think is perfect in a book. "
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    #6A Case of Exploding Mangoes

    A Case of Exploding Mangoes

    A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif is a historical and cultural book on Pakistan. This book was published in 2008 for young adults who are inclined to conspiracy plots.


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    Ruth Alvarado
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The conspiracy theorist in me was thrilled when this book was released. I spend hours on Youtube searching for new theories so having a book version of some was great! And who doesn't love the title?"
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    #7Bullets and Train

    Bullets and Train

    Adeeris Ghayan's Bullets and Train is an action-thriller novel on terrorism and wars in the Middle East. The action-packed page-turner was self-published on July 4th, 2014.


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    Liliana Orozco
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Would only recommend if you want to waste your time. I learned a little bit about the Middle East, but not enough to justify reading this book. Poor grammar and boring story. "
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    #8Mahtab's Story

    Mahtab's Story

    Mahtab's Story by Libby Gleeson tells the life of Mahtab after leaving home to Pakistan. She is to start a new life with her family except for her father whom she believes is already dead. This story also portrays the life of refugees.


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    Kathryn Brewer
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This book received high consumer ratings. Although it appears that the story does not necessarily take place in Pakistan, but rather documents one family's flight from that region to the much safer continent of Australia. "
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    #9A Thousand Splendid Suns

    A Thousand Splendid Suns

    A Thousand Splendid Suns is a contemporary fiction book written by Khaled Hosseini which tells the story of a poor and uneducated woman who needs to endure hardships in her life. 


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    George Ross
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Woman strives to suceed even in her poor environmtent"
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    #10Undying Affinity

    Undying Affinity

    Undying Affinity by Sara Naveed young adult book on romance. This book was published in 2014. This book offers a different perspective on the adversities of life as a whole.


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    Nicholas Dixon
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Undying Affinity has a thrilling plot and personable characters. The style of writing could be improved over time. I think this author has potential and look forward to the next novel."
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    #11Burnt Shadows

    Burnt Shadows

    Kamilla Shamsie's Burnt Shadows is a romantic drama about a woman and how her life is directly affected by the wars against and within the Middle East. The novel was published on April 28th, 2009 by Bond Street Books.

    Daniel Foster
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I was looking for a good book set in Pakistan and found Burnt Shadows. This is a well written book and has a great story about love in the middle eastern conflict. I found the characters quite good overall and enjoyed the romance between them. I highly recommend this book for people who want this type of genre."
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    Sikander is a war historical fiction book written by M. Salahuddin Khan. This book is about Afghan war during Ronald Reagan's term and it is first published in 2010 by Karakoram Press. 


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    Beverly Howard
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This book is good but not exactly what I was looking for. I was hoping to be immersed in Pakistan, but this book is mostly set outside of Pakistan. Although I am sure the terrain is probably similar I was trying to acclimate myself with places and landmarks in Pakistan. If looking for a middle east book, this one would fit the bill perfectly!"
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    #13Raja Gidh

    Raja Gidh

    Raja Gidh is an Urdu book written by Bano Qudsia. This book's genre features cultural Pakistan, philosophy and fiction. With over 500 pages, this book is published in 2015 by Sang-e-Meel Publication.


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    Felipe Durán
    Written on May 5, 2018
    " Raja Gidh / راجه گدھ Rate this book 1 of 5 stars 2 of 5 stars 3 of 5 stars 4 of 5 stars 5 of 5 stars Raja Gidh / راجه گدھ by Bano Qudsia 4.2 · Rating details · 1,690 Ratings · 119 Reviews Raja Gidh (Urdu: راجه گدھ) by Bano Qudsia is one of the most widely read and acclaimed Urdu novels. Gidh is the Urdu word for a vulture and Raja is a Hindi synonym for king. The name anticipates the kingdom of vultures. In fact, parallel to the main plot of the novel, an allegorical story of such a kingdom is narrated. The metaphor of the vulture as an animal feeding mostly on the carcasses of dead animals is employed to portray the trespassing of ethical limits imposed by the society or by the religion."


Best What are the best books set in Pakistan
1The ScriptwriterBooks 25 Paid
2In Other Rooms, Other WondersBooks 22 Paid
3Butterfly SeasonBooks 21 Paid
4The Reluctant FundamentalistBooks 20 Paid
5Pakistan: A Hard CountryBooks 18 Paid
6A Case of Exploding MangoesBooks 17 Paid
7Bullets and TrainBooks 16 Paid
8Mahtab's StoryBooks 13 Paid
9A Thousand Splendid SunsBooks 11 Paid
10Undying AffinityBooks 8 Paid

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