I have read Nadeem Aslam before and his writing has an ethereal quality about it.You just can’t seem to get enough of it. What I really love about Aslam’s writing is the way words flow weaving magic and leaving you awestruck.
The Blind Man’s Garden by Nadeem Aslam; revolves around Pakistan and Afghanistan reeling under the aftermath of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Centre, It is an account of how two countries grappled to survive the social stigma and onslaught that followed because of a terror attack that brought the countries in prime focus on the world radar. It is a tale of war, the travails of a family and human impulses. Aslam’s writing is almost lyrical where he weaves a story of Joe and Mikal, foster brothers bonded closer than blood ties who eventually get lost in the dark world of terrorism.
The scenes so vividly described leaves you in a daze almost as if a spell has been cast. There were parts when I wanted to keep aside as I cringed, but I couldn’t ignore it as the desire to finish the book was too strong to ignore.That was how powerful his writing was. The fact that Jeo and Mikal were thicker than brothers, yet Mikal’s former lover was now Jeo’s wife and the way the plot unfurled was sensitive and rather breathtaking. There were so many tiny brilliant moments which leave you craving for more, you end up reading and reading as you let Nadeem’s writing transport you to a whole new world. It is not one of those books which you can pick up for a light read, it took me more than a week to finish this one and to say I enjoyed it would be an understatement.
If you love literary fiction as much as I do, this book is a must read.
Publisher: Random House
Genre: Literary Fiction