Honesty With Beauty and Horror

Blind Mans GardenI’m really jumping the gun with this one, but I felt the need to write something in praise of this book even though I’m less than a quarter of the way into it.

The first 100 pages of The Blind Man’s Garden contain some of the best writing I’ve read. 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 “war on terror” in Afghanistan and its effects are central to the beginning of the story with the real heroes of war being the everyday people who have to survive the horrors arising from someone else’s religio-political power struggle.

I’m loving this book and will certainly be looking for more of Nadeem Aslam’s work.