In this novel, we follow (most of the time), Tor Baz, the wandering falcon as he navigates his survival among the tribes of Pakistan and Afghanistan, where the lines are sometimes blurry and sometimes all too clear. The book reads like one long Robert Altman tracking shot. We never really get too much into Tor Baz’s character, but that’s okay because the book’s not really about him. It’s about boundaries of time and place. How do you survive when geography, customs and the outside world force you to move?

It’s a quick 240 pages. Interesting but not groundbreaking. And, at 80, this is Jamil Ahmad’s first novel. So there’s hope for me yet.

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