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by Mohammed Hanif

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Title:Our Lady of Alice Bhatti
Authors:Mohammed Hanif
Info:Knopf (2012), Hardcover, 256 pages
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Tags:Pakistani literature, Pakistan, DSC Prize for South Asian Literature shortlist, Karachi, medicine, terrorism

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I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and found it by no means lacking in characterization or plot. it comes in the up market genre. I applaud Mohammad Hanif for tackling an ignored segment of Pakistani society so well. I relished the writing with its biting tone and comedic cynicism, and found the role of Alice to be heroic and unforgettable. All characters seem true to life as I personally knew someone like Joseph Bhatti and Alice Bhatti. very sad though true depiction of life in the slums in Pakistan. ( )
  sidiki | Nov 21, 2015 |
The humour that made his first novel stand out is darker and lacking the razor sharpness but still strong. For me it was cast a little too narrowly to be truly successful, both in terms of characterisation and of territory explored. 6 Oct 2015 ( )
  alanca | Oct 6, 2015 |
Satire, humour, and pathos combine to create this quirky story involving junior nurse Alice Bhatti. It is outrageous, crude, ribald, tragic, wretched, yet reveals a poignant acceptance of an oppressive life. However, the characters lacked colour and failed to hold my interest. ( )
  VivienneR | Dec 10, 2014 |
There is no doubt that Mohammed Hanif is a master of juggling wit, irony, dry humour and the various problems in our society. Our Lady of Alice Bhatti is an excellent example of that smooth juggle.

However, when compared to A Case of Exploding Mangoes, one does feel that this novel does not match up to it's predecessor's greatness in prose and style.

Still, it was a good read showing a very different perspective.

The best thing about Hanif Sahib's writing is that the reader is allowed to look through the eyes of various characters in various walks of life which gives the reader the opportunity to decide what is right and what is wrong and what is just what it is, rather than having the writer decide it for him/her. This gives the reader a sense of empowerment.

It is a joy to read his writing! ( )
  Ymusmani | Sep 19, 2013 |
The author keeps his tongue planted firmly in cheek. This book achieves and maintains a biting wit while exposing the modest hopes and blind cynicism of its characters. Not uplifting but not exactly depressing either. The witty tone keeps the readers nicely struggling for a firm foothold. It is a scathing portrayal of sorts, more a satire with a very straight face. ( )
  ming.l | Mar 31, 2013 |
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he patients of the Sacred Heart Hospital for All ailments are looking for a miracle, and Alice Bhatti is looking for a job.

Alice is a candidate for the position of Junior Nurse, Grade 4. It is only a few weeks since her release from Borstal. She has returned to her childhood home in French Colony, where her father, the recently retired chief janitor, continues work as a part-time healer and full-time headache for the local church. It seems she has inherited some of his gift. With guidance from the working nurse's manual, and some tricks she picked up in prison, Alice brings succour to the thousands of patients littering the hospital's corridors and concrete courtyard. In the process she attracts the attention of a lovesick patient, Teddy Butt, apprentice to the nefarious 'Gentlemen's Squad' of the Karachi police. They fall in love; Teddy with sudden violence, Alice with cautious optimism. Their love is unexpected, but the consequences are not.

Alice soon finds that her new life is built on foundations as unstable as those of her home. A Catholic snubbed by other Catholics, who are in turn hated by everyone around them, she is also put at risk by her husband who does two things that no other member of the Gentlemen's Squad has ever done - fall in love with a working girl, and allow a potentially dangerous suspect to get away. Can Teddy and Alice ever live in peace? Can two people make a life together without destroying the very thing that united them? It seems unlikely, but then Alice Bhatti is no ordinary nurse...
Filled with wit, colour and pathos, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti is a glorious story of second chances, thwarted ambitions and love in unlikely places, set in the febrile streets of downtown Karachi. It is a remarkable new novel from the author of A Case of Exploding Mangoes
The patients of the Sacred Heart Hospital for All ailments are looking for a miracle, and Alice Bhatti is looking for a job.

Alice is a candidate for the position of Junior Nurse, Grade 4. It is only a few weeks since her release from Borstal. She has returned to her childhood home in French Colony, where her father, the recently retired chief janitor, continues work as a part-time healer and full-time headache for the local church. It seems she has inherited some of his gift. With guidance from the working nurse's manual, and some tricks she picked up in prison, Alice brings succour to the thousands of patients littering the hospital's corridors and concrete courtyard. In the process she attracts the attention of a lovesick patient, Teddy Butt, apprentice to the nefarious 'Gentlemen's Squad' of the Karachi police. They fall in love; Teddy with sudden violence, Alice with cautious optimism. Their love is unexpected, but the consequences are not.

Alice soon finds that her new life is built on foundations as unstable as those of her home. A Catholic snubbed by other Catholics, who are in turn hated by everyone around them, she is also put at risk by her husband who does two things that no other member of the Gentlemen's Squad has ever done - fall in love with a working girl, and allow a potentially dangerous suspect to get away. Can Teddy and Alice ever live in peace? Can two people make a life together without destroying the very thing that united them? It seems unlikely, but then Alice Bhatti is no ordinary nurse...
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When Alice Bhatti returns to her childhood home in the French Colony, she starts work at the Sacred Heart Hospital for All Ailments, healing the sick. She falls in love with Teddy Bunt, apprentice to the nefarious Gentleman Squad of the Karachi police. Their love is unexpected but the consequences are not.… (more)

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