This section provides a short description of all the major characters in the book. This can be printed out as a study guide for students, used as a "key" for leading a class discussion, or you can jump to the quiz/homework section to find worksheets that incorporate these descriptions into a variety of question formats.
Omar Khayyam Shakil - The novel's first protagonist, this character feels permanently pushed to the periphery.
Sufiya Zinobia (Shame) Hyder Shakil - The story's second protagonist, this character lacks ordinary mental faculties.
Iskander (Isky) Harappa - This character is a one-time epicurean who later becomes prime minister.
Raza (Old Razor Guts) Hyder - Religiously inclined, this character has a successful military career and is later made president.
Bilquìs Kemal Hyder - This character is the grandparent of 27 children and is perpetually afraid of the Loo.
Rani Humayun Harappa - This character embroiders...
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