By Nadeem Aslam
The acclaimed writer of The Wasted Vigil now provides us a searing, exquisitely written novel set in Pakistan and Afghanistan within the months following Sept. 11: a narrative of warfare, of 1 family’s losses, and of the best, such a lot enduring human impulses.
Jeo and Mikal are foster brothers from a small city in Pakistan. although they have been inseparable as young ones, their grownup lives have diverged: Jeo is a devoted clinical pupil, married a yr; Mikal has been a vagabond seeing that he used to be fifteen, in love with a girl 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, relatively to assist deal with wounded civilians—Mikal determines to compliment him, to guard him.
but Jeo’s and Mikal’s solid intentions can't preserve them out of harm’s approach. because the narrative takes us from the wilds of Afghanistan to the guts of the family members left behind—their blind father, haunted via the demise of his spouse and by means of the errors he could have made within the identify of Islam and nationhood; Mikal’s loved brother and sister-in-law; Jeo’s spouse, whose expanding unravel is helping continue the family working, and her superstitious mother—we see all of those lives upended through the turmoil of conflict.
In language as lyrical because it is piercing, in scenes without delay 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 will to come back domestic burns brightest of all.