Bilal asked:

I don't get it. How can Great-Uncle Etienne hear Pakistan from a radio when no Pakistan existed in 1940? I know it seems something so unimportant, but as I'm Pakistani, this is important to me. It's this one glaring thing out of this huge mass of perfection.

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Barbara I just searched for the word "Pakistan" in my Kindle edition, and it does not appear in the novel. Etienne says, “I can hear ships at sea. Madrid. Brazil. London. I heard India once. Here at the edge of the city, so high in the house, we get superb reception.”
I suspect that someone pointed out to Mr. Doerr that one would not have referred to "Pakistan" at that time, and he substituted the reference to "India" into Etienne's remark.
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