During Jaipur Literary Festival, I came across this book with a beautiful cover and title The Blind Man’s Garden by Nadeem Aslam. The title intrigued me and I made a note in my mind that I will read this book someday and I did. Also, got to hear about the author Nadeem Aslam through the publishers and people I met at the festival. And when I got to know it took Nadeem Aslam 11 years to write Maps For Lost Lovers, I was like, “Sigh! Some patience it requires” and while I was reading the book, I could understand why it took him so much time.
With an interesting cover, Maps For Lost Lovers came in for review from the publishers and it is one of the very few books that I have read from cover to cover and I wish to read it again. The book is about the murder of a pair of lovers set up in a nameless British town full of Pakistani immigrants. Nadeem Aslam, being from Pakistan himself, and living in Britain could understand the explain what a community goes through when there are cultural clashes all the time. Also, this book takes you to a whole new world where it forces you to think and contemplate about various things going around you and still you can’t point them out.
Jugnu and Chanda, the protagonists of the story get disappeared from their respective houses were truly, madly and deeply in love. Their love was passionate but illicit too. The way they were murdered and as the story progresses and new characters are involved such as Shamas and Kaukab and how they are trying to hold up their family amidst the turmoil doesn’t fail to stir your thoughts and emotions. Beautiful is definitely an understatement for this book and I highly recommend it to people who love reading literary fiction. This is one book that you would like to read again and again.
Book Source : Publisher
Publisher : Random House
Genre : Literary Fiction
ISBN : 978-8-184-00288-1