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Train to Pakistan

Narrated by: Paul Thottam
Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Mano Majra is a place, Khushwant Singh tells us at the beginning of this classic novel, where Sikhs and Muslims have lived together in peace for hundreds of years. Then one day, at the end of the summer, the "ghost train" arrives, a silent, incredible funeral train loaded with the bodies of thousands of refuges, bringing the village its first taste of the horrors of the civil war. Train to Pakistan is the story of this isolated village that is plunged into the abyss of religious hate. It is also the story of a Sikh boy and a Muslim girl whose love endures and transcends the ravages of war.

©1956, 2018 Khushwant Singh (P)2018 Random House Audio

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  • 20-12-19

the scenes of war are unforgettable

Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh is a story about the violence during Hindustan and the creation of Pakistan in 1947. It is a book about violence and war. It is about heroes and villains -- but it doesn't place one group of people in the hero category and one in the villain category. Rather it show us that there were good and bad people on both sides of the coin. It is a devastating, brutal and chaotic read because that is the truth of the events.

I learned a lot from this book. I knew almost nothing about the Punjab or the events that occurred when the partition of India occurred. I will be reading more.

There were so many scenes that linger in my mind and horrify my memory, but the most vivid were the moments when the the train was filled with corpses. I will never forget it.

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