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The Blind Man's Garden

by Nadeem Aslam

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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...

 

reader reviews

  In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Blind Man's Garden a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'This really is an amazing novel and I would not be at all surprised to see it shortlisted for some of the literary prizes in 2013...'- Berwyn Peet. Scroll down to read more reviews.

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The Blind Man's Garden Synopsis

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.

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The Blind Man's Garden Reader Reviews

We have asked a select number of members and browsers to review The Blind Man's Garden. You can read their reviews below.

 

Berwyn Peet - 'This really is an amazing novel and I would not be at all surprised to see it shortlisted for some of the literary prizes in 2013...it has beautiful writing, well-rounded characters and a story which will leave you feeling as though you have been on an epic journey and may well have changed your perceptions of this place and time.' Click here to read the full review.

 

Janette Skinner - 'There is romance and heartache in this book and some beautifully etched philosophy...A very beautiful, well paced, well written book.' Click here to read the full review.

 

Kym Nicholls - 'The Blind Man’s Garden sets out to show how senseless violence is by creating a compelling, beautifully descriptive environment and then ravaging it with devastation. I was captivated by this book, fascinated by Aslam’s insights, and recommend it highly'. Click here to read the full review.

 

Rachel Atkins - 'The Blind Man’s Garden is an astonishing novel of a family torn apart in Afghanistan...This is a compelling read with beautifully portrayed characters.' Click here to read the full review.

 

Megan Olwen Williams - 'Aslam’s work is a thought-provoking tour de force which should not be approached in a blithe manner.' Click here to read the full review.

 
Stephanie Harding -  'The writing is touching – very evocative and haunting. The descriptions of sight, taste, smell and sound of the country are wonderful to read'. Click here to read the full review.

 

Richard Hamlin - 'The Blind Man’s Garden is powerfully written without prejudice, weaving an evocative and beautiful description throughout its gripping narrative...it is a compelling and absorbing read'. Click here to read the full review.

 

Teresa Majury - 'Aslam succeeds in highlighting what we have in common - humanity, loyalty, love and family ties - the building blocks upon which a more peaceful future might be based.' Click here to read the full review.

The Blind Man's Garden Press Reviews

We have asked a select number of members and browsers to review The Blind Man's Garden. You can read their reviews below.

 

Berwyn Peet - 'This really is an amazing novel and I would not be at all surprised to see it shortlisted for some of the literary prizes in 2013...it has beautiful writing, well-rounded characters and a story which will leave you feeling as though you have been on an epic journey and may well have changed your perceptions of this place and time.' Click here to read the full review.

 

Janette Skinner - 'There is romance and heartache in this book and some beautifully etched philosophy...A very beautiful, well paced, well written book.' Click here to read the full review.

 

Kym Nicholls - 'The Blind Man’s Garden sets out to show how senseless violence is by creating a compelling, beautifully descriptive environment and then ravaging it with devastation. I was captivated by this book, fascinated by Aslam’s insights, and recommend it highly'. Click here to read the full review.

 

Rachel Atkins - 'The Blind Man’s Garden is an astonishing novel of a family torn apart in Afghanistan...This is a compelling read with beautifully portrayed characters.' Click here to read the full review.

 

Megan Olwen Williams - 'Aslam’s work is a thought-provoking tour de force which should not be approached in a blithe manner.' Click here to read the full review.

 
Stephanie Harding -  'The writing is touching – very evocative and haunting. The descriptions of sight, taste, smell and sound of the country are wonderful to read'. Click here to read the full review.

 

Richard Hamlin - 'The Blind Man’s Garden is powerfully written without prejudice, weaving an evocative and beautiful description throughout its gripping narrative...it is a compelling and absorbing read'. Click here to read the full review.

 

Teresa Majury - 'Aslam succeeds in highlighting what we have in common - humanity, loyalty, love and family ties - the building blocks upon which a more peaceful future might be based.' Click here to read the full review.

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ISBN: 9780571287949
Publication date: 06/02/2014
Publisher: Faber & Faber Fiction an imprint of Faber & Faber
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780571287918
Publication date: 07/02/2013
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571287949
Publication date: 6th February 2014
Author: Nadeem Aslam
Publisher: Faber & Faber Fiction an imprint of Faber & Faber
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 480 pages
Genres: Book Club Recommendations, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Modern and Contemporary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Nadeem Aslam

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 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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