This novel is set in 1947 in a remote border village of Muslims and Sikhs who have been living together in peace for many years. A ghost train of bodies brings the horrors of Partition to this community. Well-written, this tragic story ends in some hope with the actions of one man.
In March 2014 the author died at age 99. With the on-going ethnic and religious disputes in Ukraine and Sudan; and the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda in April 2014, this gripping novella offers another terrible example of our susceptibility for genocide. The main characters are finely drawn; and the intricate plot moves rapidly to an ending that is both tragic and hopeful. The author has a dry wit that relieves an otherwise depressing and shocking story.
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