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Our Lady of Alice Bhatti

Mohammed Hanif

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From the author of the acclaimed A Case of Exploding Mangoes ("An insanely brilliant, satirical first novel...Belongs in a tradition that includes Catch-22" - The Washington Post), a subversively, often shockingly funny new novel set in steaming Karachi, about second chances, thwarted ambitions and love in the most unlikely places. The patients of the Sacred Heart Hospital for All Ailments need a miracle. Alice Bhatti may be just what they're looking for. She's the new junior nurse, but that's the only ordinary thing about her. She's just been released from the Borstal Jail for Women and Children. But more to the point, she's the daughter of a part-time healer in the French Colony, Karachi's infamous Christian slum, and it seems she has, unhappily, inherited his part-time gift. With a bit of begrudging but inspired improvisation, Alice begins to bring succor to the patients lining the hospital's corridors and camped outside its gates. But all is not miraculous. Alice is a Christian in an Islamic world, ensnared in the red tape of hospital bureaucracy, trapped by the caste system, torn between her duty to her patients, her father and her husband - who is a former bodybuilding champion, now an apprentice to the nefarious "Gentleman's Squad" of the Karachi police, and about to drag Alice into a situation so dangerous that perhaps not even a miracle will be able to save them. But, of course, Alice Bhatti is no ordinary young woman... At once a high comedy of errors and a searing illumination of the seemingly unchangeable role of women in Pakistan's lower-caste society, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti is a resounding confirmation of Mohammed Hanif's gifts of storytelling and of razor-sharp social satire.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Nimra Bucha

Length:

8h


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:38


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

22:28


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

16:32


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

18:41


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

20:32


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

13:30


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

18:40


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

18:23


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

25:40


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

10:24


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

11:02


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

14:11


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

18:30


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

16:34


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

15:20


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

18:29


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

13:40


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:01


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

14:34


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

10:05


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

20:49


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

12:13


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:58


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

22:33


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

11:59


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

12:00


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

16:28


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

12:10


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

17:37


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

17:05


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:43


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

16:48


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

00:13