The Blind Man's Garden

The Blind Man's Garden

Book - 2013
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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 increasing 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.

Publisher: Toronto : Bond Street Books, c2013.
ISBN: 9780385677974
Characteristics: 367 p. ;,25 cm.


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Feb 14, 2017

This is a beautiful novel taking place in modern Pakistan. The author's portrayal of the characters is one of the best that I have read. Each characters has their flaws and yet at the same time they are extremely appealing. This book gave me a new view of the American invasion of the middle east.

Sep 03, 2015

Good book for either male or female readers. I particularly enjoyed the writing style. The novel has elements of several genres like multicultural, adventure, thriller, and romance. I found the details of everyday life of the characters to be eyeopening. Just how factual, however, is it of life in a small islamic village in Pakistan? I would read another book by Aslam, an award winning British author.

Oct 08, 2013

Another very good book about life in Afghanistan written from the perspective of individuals caught up in the internal, seemingly never ending conflict. Provides some sense of what it might be like to be a partisan to the conflict and having to deal with foreign soldiers in your country. The ending was somewhat ambiguous; but, I chose to believe that it ended well - because I needed to, after all the disapointments and hardships endured by the principal characters. Well written.

Aug 26, 2013

Aslam is a wonderfully poetic author. This book, set in the months after 9/11, is about war, brutality, and torture, but also about beauty.

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