Reading Benjamin Gilmore's book "Warrior Poets" is such a wonderful read into Pakistan. The author tells stirring stories of the warmth, beauties... and the idiosyncrasies of Pakistan. A current Pakistan that is happening right now, and a part of the country much in the news these days. Having seen the author's incredible movie "Son of a Lion" which takes place in Tribal Territory on the Afghan border this book was a must read as it tells the inside story of the making of the movie.
The book is written on a street level as opposed to being an academic study of Pakistan and for me that is how I like to get my history of a place. It is chock full of the author's interesting observations, experiences, anecdotes and facts about Pakistan. He lived with Pashtun people while making his movie and you can definitely tell by his writing how much he fell in with the culture. I grew up in the USA but lived on the Northwest Frontier (Khyber Pukhtunkhwa) for many years and this man was there and part of the culture. I read many books on the area that have many tiny inaccuracies. This one is so like being there, and with the people, that it is a joy to read, yet much is learned about Pakistan at the same time.
The story starts off with the author in Lahore lecturing in filmography in the guise of an Australian film maker (his film was yet to be made). Dealing with local people, shrines, fairs and bazaars. His insights into the culture and traditions were very insightful, not in a scholarly way so much as in a human way. He eventually makes his way to the Frontier and meets his benefactor, Hayat Shinwari. Together they rework the original story and find locals to play the parts (many first time actors). He had to shoot in secrecy as it was impossible to get government permission to film in Tribal Territory. He couldn't even travel in Tribal Territory legally.
I HIGHLY recommend seeing his movie "Son of a Lion" but this book alone is a very worth while read. A very enjoyable informative and memorable journey in Pakistan.
- Paperback: 541 pages
- Publisher: Independently published (1 February 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1980749043
- ISBN-13: 978-1980749042
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.5 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 898 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)