Book Review A Time of Madness: A Memoir of Partition

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Salman Rashid
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On 2 January, 2018
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Summary:

Salman Rashid's A time of madness is a heart-wrenching account of the dreadful chaos During India's partition in 1947. The author has done utmost justice to the memorial genre, vividly going through the dark times that surrounded him and his family in their commute from Punjab to the newly created Pakistan.

Title(s): A Time Of Madness
Writer:  Salman Rashid
Publisher:   Aleph Book Company
Published on:  30 December 2017
Genre: True Event

 



About the Writer:

Salman Rashid is travel writer which is famous for his widely regarded for his contribution in writing book like “A Time Of Madness”. He is from Pakistan born on Feb 1952 in Lahore, Pakistan. He also acclaimed as ‘the most erudite travel writer of the country’. He is writer of eight books like The Apricot Road to YarkandGujranwala: The Glory That WasDeosai : Land of the Giant and many more.



Book Review A Time of Madness: A Memoir of Partition

Salman Rashid’s A time of madness is a heart-wrenching account of the dreadful chaos During India’s partition in 1947. The author has done utmost justice to the memorial genre, vividly going through the dark times that surrounded him and his family in their commute from Punjab to the newly created Pakistan. Turning through the pages, one gets totally immersed in the plot the author has weaved from many threads of the timeline, progressing towards, and then beyond, the massacre that great transmigration was. The characters are brutally dark to the extent that just a few of them are enough to feel what it would have felt like to be in the midst of millions dancing on the thin line between life and death, every moment.

Having lived under the shadow of dark memories and untold sad histories for decades, Rashid finally visited his ancestral village in 2008 to uncover the truth behind them. A time of madness is a just tale of how he combed through the tangles of haunting history. However, it is also a testament to the very human traits of forgiveness, redemption and the strength and endurance of the human spirit. Hundred of tales, people, places, that could’ve just ended up unspoken about, found asylum in this literary masterpiece by Rashid.



Why Should You Read:

While the list of good books on the great partition is endless, A time of Madness is one book that I’d definitely place somewhere in the top 50 of all time. What Rashid has done is a feat not many can achieve now, decades years after that great event – he’s presented something new, something untold, despite the fact that so much about those days has already been told. In a Nutshell, A Time of Madness is a unique, picturesque, and graceful book that will keep you hooked right from the first chapter to the last, and it should definitely be on your to-read list this season.



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A Time of Madness: A Memoir of Partition

Salman Rashid's A time of madness is a heart-wrenching account of the dreadful chaos During India's partition in 1947. The author has done utmost justice to the memorial genre, vividly going through the dark times that surrounded him and his family in their commute from Punjab to the newly created Pakistan.

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