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The Blind Man's Garden
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Love is not consolation, it is light.' From the author of Maps for Lost Lovers comes 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 city, secretly enter Afghanistan: not to fight with the Taliban, but to help and care for wounded civilians. But it soon becomes apparent that good intentions 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 for years by the death of his wife, by the mistakes he may have made in the name of Islam and nationhood, Jeo's steadfast wife and her superstitious mother - Aslam's prose takes us on an extraordinary journey, through war, tragedy, love and brotherhood.
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The Blind Man's Garden by Nadeem Aslam is a stunning novel from the author of The Wasted Vigil, presenting the war on terror through the lens of one family's experience.

About the Author

Nadeem Aslam is the author of three previous novels, Season of the Rainbirds (1993), Maps for Lost Lovers (2004) - longlisted for the Booker Prize, shortlisted for the IMPAC Prize, and awarded the Kiriyama Prize and the Encore Award - and, most recently, The Wasted Vigil, described by A. S. Byatt as 'unforgettable ... tragic and beautifully written'. Born in Pakistan, he now lives in England.

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Snares set in the silk-cotton tree in Rohan's lush garden will capture birds that, when freed, will say a prayer for whomever released them. So says the bird pardoner, but as evidenced by this follow-up to Aslam's almost unnervingly beautiful The Wasted Vigil, it's not so easy for humans to win forgiveness or freedom, as "we are entangled in all the past of mankind." The garden stands behind a house belonging to a school called the Ardent Spirit that Rohan, both a humanist and a believer, once ran. But his wife has died, his sight is failing, the school has passed to a more militant headmaster, and now Rohan's son, Jeo, and foster son, Mikal, have left their Pakistani town for Afghanistan. Fighting has come post-9/11, and Jeo, who's training to be a doctor, wants to minister to the wounded. The moody Mikal acts as his protector, but neither has anticipated what happens when they cross the border. VERDICT While Vigil sparkled like sharp-cut jewels, this new work has a garden's shaded quiet yet just as effectively conveys the entanglements of history in the Middle East and the awful human price. [See Prepub Alert, 10/8/12.]--Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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