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Dancing Girls of Lahore: Selling Love and Saving Dreams in Pakistan's Pleasure District

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  • Posted January 5, 2010

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    The story stole my heart!

    Louise Brown is an amazing writer, she tells the story so vividly that I couldn't put the book down. The author describes the location, culture and values so beautifully you have no choice but to connect with the characters in the story. I love this book so much, the story is both heart breaking and wonderful.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2009

    Wonderful, first-hand account of life in Lahore's Red Light District

    I loved this book! It's non-fiction, but was not written dryly at all - as so many others, such as Three Cups of Tea, are. The sexual side of the subject matter - which isn't actually that lurid - isn't what kept it interesting. It was Ms. Brook's descriptive and storytelling abilities. Also, as an American woman who lives in Lahore part-time, I was amazed by her bravery. Heera Mandi is a very dirty and dangerous area, as the rapes reported in the book demonstrate.
    Although the author is an academic, I wouldn't call this an academic work. Not only was it more enjoyable, there wasn't any statistical research involved or reported. And at one point, she mentions that she cares too much about her subject matter (in this case a young girl) to let the ways of the place proceed (she intervened and prevented her from being given away as a slave.) This humanity is refeshing and welcome.
    It is also refreshing (and current, and relevant) to see a portrait of Pakistan that is not wrapped-up in preconceived notions of Islamist politics and female suppression. Yeah, they're both there - but not in the way reported by the mainstream Western press.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2006

    Great insight into the working lives of 'dancing girls'

    This is excellent work by Louise, very well researched and wonderfully written. She brings out the misfortunes of the 'dancing girls' very well. Her writing style is deeply engaging and you feel part of the scene. We hope to see more from Louise.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2006

    A perfect combination of non-fiction and drama

    I really enjoyed this book because it proved to be both an educating and a deeply engaging experience. Louise Brown's style of writing is gripping and at some points satyrical. Unlike many authors of similar non-fiction, she does not judge her subjects. She simply relates her observations in a way which make the reader feel intimate with Maha and her dauters, Tanseem (a gay man who prostitutes himself as a girl), Tariq (a street sweeper), and a host of other people whose lives are influenced by the area they live in - Heera Mandi. Altogether, you get more than you paid for - a deeply moving work of non-fiction, and a little bit of drama.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    I read The Dancing Girls of Lahore urdu version and competed in

    I read The Dancing Girls of Lahore urdu version and competed in 3 days, thrilling and comprehensive, a good research and now started English version
    Naveed Imdad

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