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You are making better headway on this one than I am.  I'm really liking it so far as I'm enjoying the pace the author has going.  I can't wait to hear what you think once you are done.

 


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Instant City by Steve Inskeep

 

I'm just getting started on this one, but enjoying it so far.

 

This is from the B&N site

 

From the host of NPR's Morning Edition, a deeply reported portrait of Karachi, Pakistan, a city that illuminates the perils and possibilities of rapidly growing metropolises all around the world.


In recent decades, the world has seen an unprecedented shift of people from the countryside into cities. As Steve Inskeep so aptly puts it, we are now living in the age of the "instant city," when new megacities can emerge practically overnight, creating a host of unique pressures surrounding land use, energy, housing, and the environment. In his first book, the co-host of Morning Edition explores how this epic migration has transformed one of the world's most intriguing instant cities: Karachi, Pakistan.

Karachi has exploded from a colonial port town of 350,000 in 1941 to a sprawling metropolis of at least 13 million today. As the booming commercial center of Pakistan, Karachi is perhaps the largest city whose stability is a vital security concern of the United States, and yet it is a place that Americans have frequently misunderstood.

 

As Inskeep underscores, one of the great ironies of Karachi's history is that the decision to divide Pakistan and India along religious lines in 1947 only unleashed deeper divisions within the city-over religious sect, ethnic group, and political party. In Instant City, Inskeep investigates the 2009 bombing of a Shia religious procession that killed dozens of people and led to further acts of terrorism, including widespread arson at a popular market. As he discovers, the bombing is in many ways a microcosm of the numerous conflicts that divide Karachi, because people wondered if the perpetrators were motivated by religious fervor, political revenge, or simply a desire to make way for new real estate in the heart of the city. Despite the violence that frequently consumes Karachi, Inskeep finds remarkable signs of the city's tolerance, vitality, and thriving civil society-from a world-renowned ambulance service to a socially innovative project that helps residents of the vast squatter neighborhoods find their own solutions to sanitation, health care, and education.

 

Drawing on interviews with a broad cross section of Karachi residents, from ER doctors to architects to shopkeepers, Inskeep has created a vibrant and nuanced portrait of the forces competing to shape the future of one of the world's fastest growing cities.


Thanks. Ryan!  I see the pub date is listed as 10/13/2011!  I have sent a heads up on to several in my personal circle of reader-friends who might be interested in a book like this one.


I picked this up at my library Tuesday and am on Chapter 10.  If you know as little about Pakistan as I do, this is definitely a read to consider adding to yours.  It reads quickly and introduces one to lots of bits of history and recent fact and conditions.  The style is journalistic.  Sometimes one gets diverted into the stories of "instant cities" elsewhere on the globe, but Inskeep soon brings the reader back to Karachi.  With Pakistan in the news and such a critical, rogue player on the world scene, we probably all need to understand that country and its history better.

 

In looking at reviews today, I found these others may be of interest on the area, each book with its strengths and weaknesses, not all readily available "new":

 

The Great Partition by Yasmin Khan

 

The Shadow of the Great Game by Narendra Singh Sarila

 

India  by Patrick French, also, Liberty or Death

 

Of course, the great fiction modern classic on Partition (or at least one of them) is:

 

Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie

 

I finally read this a few years ago, and hope to reread it some day.




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I started yesterday:

 

The Hypnotist

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Ryan_G wrote:

You are making better headway on this one than I am.  I'm really liking it so far as I'm enjoying the pace the author has going.  I can't wait to hear what you think once you are done.


Ryan_G wrote:

Instant City by Steve Inskeep

 

I'm just getting started on this one, but enjoying it so far.

 

This is from the B&N site

 

From the host of NPR's Morning Edition, a deeply reported portrait of Karachi, Pakistan, a city that illuminates the perils and possibilities of rapidly growing metropolises all around the world.


In recent decades, the world has seen an unprecedented shift of people from the countryside into cities. As Steve Inskeep so aptly puts it, we are now living in the age of the "instant city," when new megacities can emerge practically overnight, creating a host of unique pressures surrounding land use, energy, housing, and the environment.


 Ryan -- this one has mesmerized me.  Hillary and Petraeus and Dempsey all being in Pakistan this week has helped sustain the interest.  I have only a chapter or so to go -- have to do some other things, or would probably have finished.  I will probably do as I did for Friedman's book (That Used to Be Us), buy a copy so I can share it and discuss it with family and others.  I don't recall, however, discussion of the Haqqani network, which seems to be a primary concern of the U.S. right now.  (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/21/hilary-clinton-pakistan-taliban)  But the sequence of events, from Partition in 1947 through the mass migrations that followed to the desperate needs for functioning governments and property rights to the pressures of minorities within the Muslims themselves has been fascinating to read about.  There are heads-up messages here for both domestic and international politics.  While at times I get frustrated with Inskeep's writing -- the jumps to other global spots, the stories that interrupt and then resume, the repetitions -- sometimes useful, sometimes irritating -- overall the experience has been most worthwhile.  I feel as if I have come to know some of his chief sources -- and their stories are poignantly human -- sometimes humane, sometimes much less so.  I won't pretend this one book has taught me "a lot" about Pakistan, but I do know that it has and will make me much more aware of what I read in the future -- sort of like a partially completed jigsaw puzzle where one has parts of the border and some interesting junks of the interior fitted together and now one goes looking for more pieces.

 

PS -- Friedman's book got set aside to read this one.  It has a domestic focus.

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I'm just now starting on chapter 7 and I'm enjoying it but for some reason I'm not in love with it yet.  I think it' the pace the author uses, not sure though  I have enjoyed getting to know the people behind the scenes when Pakistan was first formed, and reading this has given me a better understanding of the conflict between Pakistan and India.  I'm glad you are enjoying it overall.


Peppermill wrote:

Ryan_G wrote:

You are making better headway on this one than I am.  I'm really liking it so far as I'm enjoying the pace the author has going.  I can't wait to hear what you think once you are done.


Ryan_G wrote:

Instant City by Steve Inskeep

 

I'm just getting started on this one, but enjoying it so far.

 

This is from the B&N site

 

From the host of NPR's Morning Edition, a deeply reported portrait of Karachi, Pakistan, a city that illuminates the perils and possibilities of rapidly growing metropolises all around the world.


In recent decades, the world has seen an unprecedented shift of people from the countryside into cities. As Steve Inskeep so aptly puts it, we are now living in the age of the "instant city," when new megacities can emerge practically overnight, creating a host of unique pressures surrounding land use, energy, housing, and the environment.


 Ryan -- this one has mesmerized me.  Hillary and Petraeus and Dempsey all being in Pakistan this week has helped sustain the interest.  I have only a chapter or so to go -- have to do some other things, or would probably have finished.  I will probably do as I did for Friedman's book (That Used to Be Us), buy a copy so I can share it and discuss it with family and others.  I don't recall, however, discussion of the Haqqani network, which seems to be a primary concern of the U.S. right now.  (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/21/hilary-clinton-pakistan-taliban)  But the sequence of events, from Partition in 1947 through the mass migrations that followed to the desperate needs for functioning governments and property rights to the pressures of minorities within the Muslims themselves has been fascinating to read about.  There are heads-up messages here for both domestic and international politics.  While at times I get frustrated with Inskeep's writing -- the jumps to other global spots, the stories that interrupt and then resume, the repetitions -- sometimes useful, sometimes irritating -- overall the experience has been most worthwhile.  I feel as if I have come to know some of his chief sources -- and their stories are poignantly human -- sometimes humane, sometimes much less so.  I won't pretend this one book has taught me "a lot" about Pakistan, but I do know that it has and will make me much more aware of what I read in the future -- sort of like a partially completed jigsaw puzzle where one has parts of the border and some interesting junks of the interior fitted together and now one goes looking for more pieces.

 

PS -- Friedman's book got set aside to read this one.  It has a domestic focus.


 

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I just finished Kristan Higgins newest coming out tomorrow, if you love romantic comedy you have to give her a try

http://thereadingfrenzy.blogspot.com/2011/10/review-of-until-there-was-you-by.html

Until There Was You  

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children 

 Half way finished with this one.  This book was chosen for our October book club discussion because of Halloween.  The ladies wanted something spooky but not nightmarish.  This slightly suspenseful fantasy is not a story I would have picked out for myself, but I am enjoying it.

   
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Holy Warrior  

 

 

Hi Everyone - I just started the next book in Angus Donald's Robin Hood series - Holy Warrior -  I'm really liking it, but it's also interesting to look at it with the knowledge that we gained from Angus about writing it. It's an interesting viewpoint as a reader. Happy Reading...

 

Anne

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Holy Warrior  

 

 

Hi Everyone - I just started the next book in Angus Donald's Robin Hood series - Holy Warrior -  I'm really liking it, but it's also interesting to look at it with the knowledge that we gained from Angus about writing it. It's an interesting viewpoint as a reader. Happy Reading...

 

Anne


Anne, you'll have to keep us in the loop about how you like it, I'm sure many of us are excited to hear you opinions, and thanks for your participation in the conversations in October.  It was a fun time

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Sunrise on Cedar Key  Had to take a break from two non-fiction books (one for work) and picked this one up at the grocery not knowing anything about it. Only about 30-40 pages in. Too early to make any comments.

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Practical Jean  

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Practical Jean  



Wow, that's definitely an original plot! I know the perfect person to recommend this to. LOL! Can't wait to hear your opinion of it.

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Well this weekend I dug into some of the arcs that I've been wanting to read and since I'm in between required reading it was a fun thing too.

Devilishly Hot 

Christmas on Nutcracker Court 

 

A Home by the Sea    

 

 

Look for my reviews this week

And don't forget to tune into the LifeTime Movie Network tonight at 8eastern for Iris Johansen's The Killing Game

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children 

 Half way finished with this one.  This book was chosen for our October book club discussion because of Halloween.  The ladies wanted something spooky but not nightmarish.  This slightly suspenseful fantasy is not a story I would have picked out for myself, but I am enjoying it.

  

I finished it recently and I found it interesting too..I don't want to give out any spoilers so tell us how you like it when you're done :smileyhappy:

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A_G_D wrote:

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children 

 Half way finished with this one.  This book was chosen for our October book club discussion because of Halloween.  The ladies wanted something spooky but not nightmarish.  This slightly suspenseful fantasy is not a story I would have picked out for myself, but I am enjoying it.

  

I finished it recently and I found it interesting too..I don't want to give out any spoilers so tell us how you like it when you're done :smileyhappy:


Hi Andreea, I've heard a lot about this novel especially when I visit the paranormal club. Let us know how you liked it when you're finished. And it's so good to have you back with us :smileyhappy:

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Well belive it or not I actually got to dig into some of my ARCs that have been laying around as I'm in between magazine issues right now.

I read

Devilishly Hot 

Christmas on Nutcracker Court 

A Home by the Sea 

A Summer in Europe     

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A_G_D wrote:

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children 

 Half way finished with this one.  This book was chosen for our October book club discussion because of Halloween.  The ladies wanted something spooky but not nightmarish.  This slightly suspenseful fantasy is not a story I would have picked out for myself, but I am enjoying it.

  

I finished it recently and I found it interesting too..I don't want to give out any spoilers so tell us how you like it when you're done :smileyhappy:


Hi Andreea, I've heard a lot about this novel especially when I visit the paranormal club. Let us know how you liked it when you're finished. And it's so good to have you back with us :smileyhappy:


Debbie, it's actually bookwormmom4 who is still reading it. I finished it a few months ago. I thought it was interesting in the beginning but I was a little bit dissapointed in the ending. I don't normally read paranormal or sci-fi novels and for me it turned out to be like one of those adventure movies that teenagers watch :smileyhappy: I don't know if I'm describing it correctly but maybe you'll get my idea..I was a little bored with it to be honest..

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