Lyrical, lush and poetic in descriptions of both beauty and horror, the book rings with honesty, moving the reader through a range of emotions without a hint of manipulation.
The title of this post comes from a part of the dialogue between two characters and conveys the fragility and uncertainty of life caused by the invasion of Afghanistan by American forces. A conflict that spills out from the recognised battle front and over geographical borders to affect the lives of average people in nearby regions, sandwiched between the forces of extremist religion and extreme nationalism their homelands become the venue of a fight they didn’t seek.
Aslam is an author I’ll certainly read again, I’ll be looking out for his other books. I’ve had a look on the Book Depository site and have added them to my wishlist. One is still available in hardcover which is my preference, but for the cost of that I could buy two novels in paperback. I have to decide which path to take, whether I’d eventually regret the paperback option.
Here is a link to a recording of Aslaam talking about The Blind Man’s Garden (22 mins).