Thinner Than Skin

Thinner Than Skin

Book - 2012
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Thinner Than Skin is a riveting novel about identity and belonging. It?s also a love story: between a young Pakistani man trying to make his way as a photographer in America, and the daughter of a Pakistani father and German mother brought up in the U.S. who wants to return to a country she?s never seen. Together they make the trip to Pakistan, where a chance meeting with a young nomad changes their lives, and the lives of those around them, forever. The novel is also a love letter to the wilds of northern Pakistan, to glaciers, to the old Silk Road, and to the nomadic life of the indigenous people in the northern territories, where China encroaches and Pakistanis, Uzbeks, Russians, Chinese and Afghans come together to trade.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Canada, c2012
Edition: 1st Canadian ed
Description: 346 p. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781443413350
Branch Call Number: Khan


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Aug 31, 2019

This is a very interesting book set in northwest Pakistan and tells the story of the nomadic people who live there, under increasing pressure from China and others intent on changing their way of life. Two Americans of Pakistani origin "return" to Pakistan - he a photographer, she a specialist in glaciers. There are not very likeable characters and bring their Western insensitivity with them. The description of the landscape and the indigenous peoples are wonderful. However, the ending is rushed, leaving questions unanswered.

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