The Blind Man's Garden by Nadeem AslamThe Blind Man's Garden by Nadeem Aslam

The Blind Man's Garden

byNadeem Aslam

Paperback | January 28, 2014

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The author of The Wasted Vigil gives us a searing, exquisitely written novel set in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the months following 9/11--a story of war, of one family's losses, and of the simplest, most enduring human impulses.
     Jeo and Mikal, foster brothers from a small Pakistani town, secretly enter Afghanistan: not to fight with the Taliban against the Americans, but rather to help care for wounded civilians. Their good intentions, though, can't keep them out of harm's way. From the wilds of Afghanistan to the heart of the family left behind--their blind father, haunted by the death of his wife and by the mistakes he may have made in the name of Islam and nationhood; Jeo's wife, whose resolve helps keep the household running; and her superstitious mother--the narrative takes us on an extraordinary journey. In language as lyrical as it is piercing, in scenes at once beautiful and harrowing, The Blind Man's Garden unflinchingly describes a topical yet timeless world, powerfully evoking a place where the line between enemy and friend is indistinct, and where the desire to return home burns brightest of all.
NADEEM ASLAM is the author of three highly acclaimed novels: Season of the Rainbirds, which won a Betty Trask Award and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize; Maps for Lost Lovers, winner of the Kiriyama Prize, short-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and a New York Times Notable Book; ...
Title:The Blind Man's GardenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.99 × 5.16 × 0.82 inPublished:January 28, 2014Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385677995

ISBN - 13:9780385677998


Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Blind Man's Garden Excellent read... along with wonderful descriptions of flora and one person's passion and how this passion influences many others. But this passionate tale in the post 911 era... has a number of surprising turns, some good, some sad but well worth the read!
Date published: 2013-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exquisitely crafted A deftly and sensitively written novel, set in contemporary Pakistan and Afghanistan, which examines the pressures, complexities and ambiguities of both political and religious issues. Aslam could have so easily succumbed to stridency and pontification about the Taliban and extremism whether Islamic or Western, and instead delivered an exquisitely heartbreaking story about being human, about what we will endure in the name of love, and about the irrelevance of human life in the face of absolutism. His writing, while subtle and lyrical, never meanders into purple prose, and instead weaves both character and environmental description into a seamless narrative that never flags or become ponderous. His characters are fully realized, lifting off the pages to inhabit the reader's world as living, breathing entities. His story lingers long after reading. This is a novel to which I will return again and again, each time finding pleasure in the subtle tragedy Aslam reveals. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2013-06-01

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Wasted Vigil:
"With astonishing lyricism and compassion Aslam creates unforgettable characters while telling a story that is as gripping as it is affecting." --The Boston Globe

"An ambitious and luminous novel . . . The Wasted Vigil reminds us that fiction can do things that mere reportage can't." --The Sunday Times (UK)