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    review Ø PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Nadeem Aslam Nadeem Aslam ✓ 6 Free download review The Wasted Vigil How often do we hear about writers who put decade long efforts to write fiction working in secluded cottages without any conscience of seasons weather guilds and society? Rarely Nadeem Aslam fits that genre He has tirelessly done men

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    (PDF READ) [The Wasted Vigil] ¸ Nadeem Aslam Nadeem Aslam's writing style had grated on my nerves when I read his bookMaps for Lost Lovers But I already had The Wasted Vigil with meso I tried to read it tooAgainthe prose was almost painful to readConsider this passage The grandson of a

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    (PDF READ) [The Wasted Vigil] ¸ Nadeem Aslam “This is among the few things that can be said about love with any confidence It is small enough to be contained within the heart but pulled thin it would drape the entire world”The Wasted Vigil is the type of book I felt blown away by while reading even though two months down the line not only will I not remember why I was so

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    review Ø PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Nadeem Aslam (PDF READ) [The Wasted Vigil] ¸ Nadeem Aslam There's a lot of fine writing mixed up with the history of Afghanistan America's wars in the Middle EastAsia and a bit of a soap opera No one comes out well here There is both respect and criticism of Islamic fundamentalism the Afg

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    review Ø PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Nadeem Aslam Nadeem Aslam ✓ 6 Free download review The Wasted Vigil One of the most remarkable books I've ever read It is both deeply poetic and painfully violent; sympathetic and tragic; enlightening and maddening The FEEL of it remains with me still I was amazed at how well the a

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    review The Wasted Vigil (PDF READ) [The Wasted Vigil] ¸ Nadeem Aslam As I was reading this novel I was thinking of the recent psychological breakthrough distributed around the internet that reading novels increases empathy I was also thinking of a sociology undergraduate class I helped teach several ye

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  • Hardcover
  • 372
  • The Wasted Vigil
  • Nadeem Aslam
  • English
  • 26 May 2019
  • 9780571238774

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The Wasted Vigil Free read ò 6 Soldier brother who disappeared decades before during the Soviet invasion; David an American a former spy who has seen his ideals turned inside out during his twenty five years in Afghanistan; Casa a young Afghani whose hatred of the West plunges him into the depths of zealotry; and James the Special Forces soldier in whom David sees a dangerous revival of the unuestioning notions of right and wrong that he. This is among the few things that can be said about love with any confidence It is small enough to be contained within the heart but pulled thin it would drape the entire world The Wasted Vigil is the type of book I felt blown away by while reading even though two months down the line not only will I not remember why I was so amazed I probably won t even remember what it was about This happens with books that might not emotionally change me but are so well written or say something so interesting that I m forced to take a momentary pause to just appreciate the idea or the emotion or the placement of words In fact it used to happen so regularly that when making a list of my top ten favourite books of the year to share with my best friend we started making two separate lists one for books that we felt emotional about and another for books that might not connect with us but were so smart or spoke from such a completely new perspective that we wanted to shove the book at the other person and say Read it so we can discuss This is the kind of book I want to read a smart analysis of because there s a lot of material in here to discuss In all honesty most books about war and Afghanistan and America pack lots of content worth poring over even if it s just to see whether the representation is valid or if the opinions are skewed And it s entirely possible that there s a lot of problematic content within this book but I enjoyed it so until someone disabuses me of that opinion I shall carry on with that sentiment This country was one of the greatest tragedies of the age Torn to pieces by the man hands of war by the various hatreds and failings of the world Two million deaths over the past uarter century Primarily this book is about suffering and that too of a very specific type of suffering that caused by war Even though the narrative focuses on the intricate relationships between our multiple protagonists almost all the relationships and by extension the actions and reactions of all our characters are guided by the fact that they are present in Afghanistan in a horrible moment of time for the country David had heard the truck explode from a mile away Elsewhere he would have thought it was thunder but in this country he knew what it was what it had to beWhat s interesting or one could argue problematic is that for a major part of this book we view the war through the eyes of foreigners even if some of them have been in Afghanistan for a while Marcus an aged widower from Britain and one of the focal points of this story has been living in Afghanistan for ages a Muslim convert who lost both his wife atrina as well as his daughter Zameen to the patriarchal horrors of brutality Our narrative starts when a Russian woman named Lara arrives from Saint Petersburg looking for her soldier brother who disappeared during the Soviet invasion It is in looking for her brother and in the connections that slowly spool open as the writing progresses that we see the true mastery of Nadeem Aslam Even though he takes his sweet time drawing out the past and present and how it all connects and one could easily get confused between what had happened to which individual character out of the multiple important ones in this story I couldn t help but keep reading even when I had to flip back to check which character we were actually talking about Only the dead have seen the end of war Each character that gets introduced eventually finds their way into Marcus and Lara s story from American ex spy David to young jihadist Casa or from local schoolteacher Dunia to the Special Forces soldier James All of them are part of a wider story of which they form intersecting points overlapping in sometimes good and mostly bad ways But what Nadeem Aslam does really well is to at least try to give each character some complexityOf course the book has lots of things to say about religion and oppression and basic human cruelty most of which was horrible and depressing Religion clearly doesn t resonate with Aslam who uses it mainly to explain how acts of brutality are justified by a large number of people Although one could argue that this book is based in an era where the Taliban abused religion to carry out their strongest perversions surely a narrative which can t provide a nuanced look from all angles is weak in certain aspects At any rate I m sure that there are lots of people out there who are smarter informed and better at vocalizing their opinions than me on the intricacies of representation within this book I d be willing to have a smart discussion about this and am most certainly open to changing my opinion about the book itself but until then I ll have to make do with my sleep deprived read it in chunks version of a review A public spectacle after the Friday prayers the stoning of a sixty one year old adulteress A rain of bricks and rocks her punishment for living in sin the thirty nine year marriage to Marcus void in the eyes of the Taliban because the ceremony had been conducted by a female A microphone had been placed close to her for her screams to be heard clearly by everyoneWhat this story does really well though is to stress again and again on how senseless and full of malice war can be All the characters involve are not only flawed they are also in trouble or have been in trouble or have suffered a sort of meaningless indignity in a fight that they didn t even start I d be revealing too many spoilers if I mentioned them here but suffice is to say that Aslam takes what is a larger narrative and uses a very small one to give it depth and life Things that happened on a global scale are suddenly personal and described well enough to make it all seem so very real The Cold War was cold only for the rich and privileged places of the planet It s true that the book makes liberal references to other stories to literature that I hadn t read and myths that I didn t know of But unlike other instances where I might have gotten irritated by this constant allusion to things I didn t understand for some reason within this story it felt fine Maybe because it was all done so naturally and because with every reference I didn t feel the need to a google search but the mention of unknown literature didn t feel as uncomfortable as it could have Both sides in Homer s war when they arrive to collect their dead from the battlefield weep freely in complete sight of each other Sick at heart This is what Marcus wants the tears of one side fully visible to the otherThe only very visible issue with this book was that the ending was uite abrupt Usually I prefer a clean proper ending which grants me closure and helps me let go of the characters so that there s a smooth transition to my next book But over here a lot of things feel like they were wrapped up hastily or like the author suddenly realized he was running way past his designated word limit and tried to finish it all up uickly Which might be one of the reasons why I dropped it from a five to a four star ratingOverall though I still enjoyed it pretty thoroughly I might have read it in fits and bursts and I probably won t read it again but in terms of recommendations I d suggest that everyone give this a go at least once Worth the read ORIGINAL REVIEWI m not even sure what I liked about this book This is going to be one confused reviewRTC

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The Wasted Vigil Free read ò 6 The author of Maps for Lost Lovers gives us a new novel at once lyrical and blistering about war in our time told through the lives of five people who come together in post 911 AfghanistanMarcus an English doctor whose progressive outspoken Afghani wife was murdered by the Taliban opens his home itself an eerily beautiful monument to his losses to the others Lara from St Petersburg looking for evidence of her. How often do we hear about writers who put decade long efforts to write fiction working in secluded cottages without any conscience of seasons weather guilds and society Rarely Nadeem Aslam fits that genre He has tirelessly done menial jobs to earn a living and to create an isolation just to write better books to dive deep into imagination He writes by blackening out his windows sleeps on the floor and makes books his pillows and then continues to write even on prize money A devouring passion to write clearly visible in his works His each drafted word seems so deeply considered as if he is plucking the best fruits out of a blossomed orchard every time he tries to write Nadeem is not only a writer but he is also an artist a poet The Wasted Vigil is a treasure narrative As if it derives charms of war poetry by Vasko Popa The language is beautiful but the content coerced by violence Some passages strike you with a reading experience never felt before It is a tender ballad to Afghanistan to its people and a trenchant portrayal of barbarity A glory of verbal prowess Poignant Graphic Pure poetry The book speaks of forlorn Afghanistan where natives are victims of catastrophes of warfare religious zealotry folklores social choas and cultural subjection portraying shattered families exiles for love and life and half ruined towns It s a story primarily based in Usha which depicts the whole ill fortune of Afghanistan a graveyard of stagnated dreams where misery chants captivity where innocence is entrapped A land of torn souls a cursed miniature It speaks of such a violence which simply demand guts to read It speaks of amputations famines forcing spit eating maggot riddled flesh gores and decaying corpses Definitely not for the fainthearted The Wasted Vigil is not an easy read It takes time to adapt to Nadeem Aslam s penning style The narrative keeps on changing which may confuse but it engrosses the readers with erudite knowledge of world history world politics and world culture lines about Al Kindi army of Alexander Armenian gem merchants Sultan Ghazni Battle of Trench Caesar Neil Arm Strong Ferdowsi CIA Koran Buddha Napoleon Islamic Spain jungles of Vietnam Leech Lake massacre Greek tragedies Hindu deities poets paintings fruit pulp panaceas perfume making Soviet life Saladin It contains a rich lyrical grace which invokes both worlds affixed by an imagination drenched in symbolism The novel is an adventure of modern day AfghanistanIt s distinct characters speak in depth Marcus Caldwell a pseudo Muslim convert who works in a perfume factory near Tora Bora mountains His house is near a haunted lake where books are nailed to ceilings and it is a home filled with art surrounding pomegranate acacia and aloe vera trees His wife atrina a healer an artist murdered by Taliban Lara a Russian widow who has journeyed into Afghanistan and is living with Marcus to search for her missing brother Caldwell s daughter Zameen raped by a mocked Soviet soldier Lara s brother Benedikt who for the fear of her life crosses into Peshawar into its Streets of Storytellers and prostitutes to keep her baby out of a malady Crude warlords Gul Rasool and Nabi Khan David a former CIA operative Dunia a young school teacher Casa an unrelenting Jehadi James Palantine an aware American soldier All these characters are skillfully interlinked in the narrative by a reason of fate they re lives trying to find a meaning in a devastated world The Wasted Vigil not only churns affliction but it is also provocative There are even passages which may tease conservative Islamists there are disapprovals against religious republics references of strong anti feminism from Caliph Umar and Caliph Ali Forbidding distractions of a believer by a woman Intolerances in the Islamic history A rape by a nomad after humbling in prayer Controversial citations of Islamic traditions and Koran is Nadeem trying to mock the essence of religion Is he mystifying scriptures or is he trying to uestion the devotion of people towards true faith All these sensitive matters are carefully accounted which evoke a debate and forces the readers towards earnest studies into religion The Wasted Vigil is a dainty beauty woven out of a tragedy Each word should be relished celebrated You just wish to dwell in the lines and feel reluctant to flip the next page That s the beauty of The Wasted Vigil It won t be an exaggeration to compare or even praise it to be par as The Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns Infact the impression and intensity which Nadeem Aslam leaves is victor Strongly recommended to readers who love superior artwork in writing It s evocative and is filled with a strong emotional impact War literature at its riveting best

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The Wasted Vigil Free read ò 6 Himself once heldIn mesmerizing prose Nadeem Aslam reveals the complex ties of love and desperation pain and salvation madness and clarity that bind the characters And through their stories he creates a timely and achingly intimate portrait of the “continuation of wars” that shapes our world In its radiant language its depth of feeling and its unflinching drama The Wasted Vigil is a luminous work of ficti. In case you missed the Kite Flyer Bookseller from Kabul and so forth Afghanistan is not a place you want to be ever and after reading this I forgot about the mice in the laundry room the possums in the roof and the rising cost of organic strawberries I loved this book for its fantastic smell imagery it is a rare sensual experience to smell blood sandalwood pomengrenates in the same paragraph Also there are several parts of the book that are so gruesome that I am still shuddering weeks after reading it