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By Jonathan Addleton

ISBN-10: 0820318582

ISBN-13: 9780820318585

Born in Pakistan to Baptist missionaries from rural Georgia, Jonathan S. Addleton crossed the borders of race, tradition, type, and faith from an early age. Some a long way and far away Place combines kin background, social commentary, present occasions, and deeply own remark to inform an strange coming-of-age tale that has as a lot to do with the intersection of cultures because it does with one man's life.

Whether sharing ice cream with a tender Benazir Bhutto or promoting gospel tracts on the tomb of a Sufi saint, Addleton offers insightful and infrequently hilarious glimpses into the Muslim-Christian come upon during the eyes of a tender baby. His narrative is rooted in lots of not going resources, together with a southern storytelling culture, Urdu ghazal, revivalist hymnology, and the Anglican e-book of universal Prayer. The common fantastic thing about the Himalayas additionally leaves a powerful and lasting mark, offering solidity in a complicated international that sometimes turns out approximately to tilt out of control.

This clear-eyed, insightful memoir describes an adventure that might develop into a growing number of universal as cultures that after appeared distant and far away aren't any longer limited in the bounds of a unmarried nation-state.

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The farmers themselves remained fast asleep atop their produce, confident that their oxen would know the way. Remarkably, the carts in Sind had remained unchanged for centuries. Unlike in neighboring Punjab, there were no spokes, no mechanism by which the wheels operated separately from the axle. The result was a high-pitched squeaking, the sound of wood against LIVING IN S I N D * 25 wood, a noise that first fascinated and then delighted, like nostalgic music from a distant and dimly remembered past.

The three of them were going on vacation in a month's time, to Scotland, to the islands of the North Sea, to the desolation and loneliness of the Outer Hebrides. I remembered a program I had heard on a BBC shortwave radio broadcast some weeks before, about several families of Pakistani peddlers who set up businesses in the Outer Hebrides during the 19508, in Stornaway, on the island of Lewis. Several dozen Pakistanis now lived there, shop owners and itinerant merchants mostly, Muslims bearing faithful witness in a distant place where the ancient Celts had once built circles of stone in honor of the summer LIVING IN S I N D * 35 solstice, a far country where the Gaelic tongue somehow survived.

Another missionary declared that he would interrupt the service at the point when the minister publicly announced that, if anyone in the congregation knew of any reason why the two should not be joined in holy matrimony, they should speak up now or forever keep their silence. He was adamant that he would not remain silent, then or ever; he fully intended to voice his deep disapproval in front of the assembled guests, starting with the biblical injunction that believers should not be unequally yoked.

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