By Nadeem Aslam
The acclaimed writer of The Wasted Vigil now supplies us a searing, exquisitely written novel set in Pakistan and Afghanistan within the months following Sept. 11: a narrative of struggle, of 1 family’s losses, and of the easiest, so much enduring human impulses.
Jeo and Mikal are foster brothers from a small city in Pakistan. notwithstanding they have been inseparable as young ones, their grownup lives have diverged: Jeo is a committed scientific scholar, married a yr; Mikal has been a vagabond considering he used to be fifteen, in love with a lady he can’t have. but if Jeo makes a decision to sneak around the border into Afghanistan—not to struggle with the Taliban opposed to the american citizens, particularly to assist deal with wounded civilians—Mikal determines to compliment him, to guard him.
but Jeo’s and Mikal’s solid intentions can't retain them out of harm’s method. because the narrative takes us from the wilds of Afghanistan to the guts of the kinfolk left behind—their blind father, haunted through the loss of life of his spouse and by means of the blunders he could have made within the identify of Islam and nationhood; Mikal’s cherished brother and sister-in-law; Jeo’s spouse, whose expanding get to the bottom of is helping maintain the family operating, and her superstitious mother—we see all of those lives upended via the turmoil of struggle.
In language as lyrical because it is piercing, in scenes instantly attractive and harrowing, The Blind Man’s Garden unflinchingly describes a crucially modern but undying global within which the road among enemy and best friend is vague, and the place the need to come domestic burns brightest of all.