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    Read The Wasted Vigil The Wasted Vigil [Pdf New] A lost review of mine rediscoveredSatisfying on many levels Balances love vs war trust vs despair chaos vs grounding in ev

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    The Wasted Vigil [Pdf New] Characters ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Nadeem Aslam Nadeem Aslam ✓ 6 Read Verdict mixed feelings Let me sort them outA The principle If we did not want a story with some and perhaps lots

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    Nadeem Aslam ✓ 6 Read The Wasted Vigil [Pdf New] 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 cont

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    The Wasted Vigil [Pdf New] 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 watchsmithhe appeals for leniency from the god who decrees the point of no returnThe moment when the arrow leaves the bowthe moment when poetic inspiration beginsOr anot

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    Characters ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Nadeem Aslam Nadeem Aslam ✓ 6 Read The Wasted Vigil [Pdf New] I was expecting the usual fare when I picked up this novel set in Afghanistan but what I wasn't expecting was to find the author repeatedly misuoting from the uran For most of the story I thought he was just trying to show the reader the jihadist mindset and the erroneous light in which they hijack certain verses from the uran to further their cause But at no point did he clarify this Besides misuoting he also made his characters

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    Nadeem Aslam ✓ 6 Read Characters ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Nadeem Aslam The Wasted Vigil [Pdf New] “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 o

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    The Wasted Vigil [Pdf New] Nadeem Aslam ✓ 6 Read Read The Wasted Vigil 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 Afghan people EnglandRussiaAmerica and their invasions of the country and of neighbo

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    Read The Wasted Vigil The Wasted Vigil [Pdf New] Characters ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Nadeem Aslam 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 author c

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    The Wasted Vigil [Pdf New] 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

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    The Wasted Vigil [Pdf New] 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 he

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The Wasted Vigil Characters ½ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Characters ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Nadeem Aslam Nadeem Aslam ✓ 6 Read 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 Characters ½ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Characters ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Nadeem Aslam Nadeem Aslam ✓ 6 Read 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

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The Wasted Vigil Characters ½ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Characters ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Nadeem Aslam Nadeem Aslam ✓ 6 Read 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. Verdict mixed feelings Let me sort them outA The principle If we did not want a story with some and perhaps lots of generosity towards those we call enemy then we could all settle for W s version of current world events we are good they are evil or childish uneducated uncivilized natives and they are motivated to destroy us because they envy us our goodness So what I want from a novel is to help me understand the inner workings and outer actions of someone who I cannot seem to understand Thus one test of a novel is how well the author is able to provide a kind of narrative generosity towards antagonists This will be my testB The good newsI found this novel thoughtful important and I can probably use it for my Afghanistan class If Kite Runner is like fast food then this is a multi course meal made from scratch served over a long evening with dear friends Really there is no comparison between the two Nadeem Aslam is in a different class his ambitions are great but probably beyond his current reachThis is the best novel I have read on post soviet invasion Afghanistan Although I do not think it is as powerful as two non fiction books Zinky Boys and Unexpected Light Even Zinky Boys and Unexpected Light do not have the one element that I think makes this book so worthwhile an extended treatment of the Talibani mind set One of the main characters is an orphan who has trained as a Taliban and whose mind and heart Aslam probes as an omniscient narrator For me Aslam s really fails to provide Casa with a tangible and fuller biography Nevertheles the almost complete absence by any writer in any genre to treat the Taliban as of this earth as products of world history makes Aslam s effort very impressiveAnother main character is a Russian Lara whose searches for the whereabouts or remains of her brother a Soviet soldier Lara allows Aslam to ground his history back to the Soviet invasion and occupation of Afghanistan 1979 1988 Our world dominated as it is by the lone super power is one in which the only thing that seems to matter is what happened just before and after 9112001 in NYC Not only Lara but also the British character Marcus allow Aslam to extend back past 91101 and thereby weave a longer and thicker history The CIA and US special forces are there in the form of two US characters David and James The long dialogues that occur near the end of the book between various combinations of Lara David Marcus David and James are really the heart of the book for me In these dialogues Aslam is able to earn his way to a few beautiful and laser like sentences It is to his credit that Aslam takes his time to deliver some simple truths uttered by his characters When the words come out they do so with great profoundness Aslam s timing is precise because has given his readers the full back stories of each main character and helped his readers to understood the full stakes that each character has in the dramatic and tragic events that unfold There are astoundingly beautiful sentences here even if I also think that as a young writer Aslam has yet to understand how to simplify language to achieve full effect Too often the historical the literary and religious references while giving the book a certain depth and resonance get in the way of the narrative and in the way of the greater purposes of the book C The bad newsWhile Pushtoons Afghanistan and the Taliban get a voice here I don t think that this voice is as generous as it needs to be On page 319 Aslam writes Pull a thread here and you ll find that it s attached to the rest of the world I am convinced that this idea an idea that is less about threads or connections and about a thinker swriter s generosity explains why it took him 8 years to write this book I have heard that he wrote book length biographies of each of his main characters He wanted to give each of them a history a context a motivation that drives their uest His thorough construction of characters allows him to raise a point on one page and then to wait a hundred pages to raise it again So intricately woven together are his threads His main characters Marcus Lara David and Zameen a Brit a Russian a USer and a mix of Brit and Afghan each have this multifaceted density Another set of characters are given some robustness but they are not as tightly spun These include atrina Dunia and Casa all Afghans Two characters are woven in to the story but have nearly no threads to which they are attached to the rest of the world These are the two Afghan warlords Gul Rasool and Nabi Khan leaders of their familyclan who have been enemies for than 50 years and who serve as the shorthand for W s evil in this book Aslam in my reading is able to generate extraordinary generosity for Marcus Lara David and Zameen some for atrina Dunia Casa and James and almost nothing for Gul Rasool and Nabi Khan In the Kite Runner Hosseini inability to un knot the Taliban make the Taliban character a bedrock a dead end of the analysis So also here Aslam s inability to provide a meaningful and generous story to the motivations of Gul Rasool and Nabi Khan turn characters into caricatures Their lives are bed rocked dead ended and not attached to the rest of the world Much to his credit Aslam tries to give their deadly feuding a context but this effort feels utterly strained to me and comes across as an afterthoughtThere are other problems with the book For example 1 I found some of his literary and historical references to be a little pretentious and I therefore allowed myself to glaze over such passages 2 There are some rather pronounced plot problems near the end of the book having to do with how Casa rejoins the original plan 3 The starched and unconvincing words that Aslam puts in James s mouth at the end of the book 4 Most of the graphic violence is at the hands of Afghans These scenes are depicted with visceral concrete detail whereas the violence of the Soviets and the USA is made abstract via plane bombings The bombings are conveyed with large sweeping brushstroke they cannot and do not move the reader in the same manner 5 All the major non Afghan characters but none of the major Afghan characters are adults wisdom often flows from Marcus and sometimes from Lara but never from an Afghan character Aslam s selection of the wise uietly tells us about how he regards his fellow south Asians than his erudite forays into the history poetry and culture of these lands But these problems are perhaps minor fixable and easily forgivable given the vast ambition of the tableau The central problem is in my view an unwillingness or an inability ultimately to act upon the wisdom that Aslam s writing reveals he is not always able to show that when we pull a threadit is attached to the rest of the world As I said Gul Rasool and Nabi Khan are thread endsD Anticipating the criticismIf generosity to antagonists is a principle by which we can evaluate a world view or a novel then at one end of the continuum we have W s view of the world a view that is plain simple and sharp but utterly vapid The message here is We are of this world and they are not Further towards the pole of generosity but still too close to W s view is Hosseini s Kite Runner Closer to the pole of generosity but still not near enough is this novel by Aslam If this novel leaves me wanting can I provide an example of something with greater generosity one in which all the threads are connected to each other and the rest of the world I would offer Isabel Allende s House of Spirits as an example The antagonist is the patriarch Esteban Trueba He is given a full story and is thoroughly motivated as a fully rounded human being Allende never pulls her punches as she describes how Trueba destroys the lives of the peasants he treats as no than slaves and servants And yet we come to know Trueba well we are allowed to empathize with his arrogance with the manner of his self deception with the power he feels as he sueezes out the lives of other human beings and with the potential justification for his beliefs Indeed so great is Allende s desire to give eual time to the man she is trying to un knot that in various parts of the book Trueba erupts into Allende s novel to tell the story in his own voice Allende submits to the Trueba within her and allows him his own tone words and voice I think of this as full generosity to the antagonist and the standard that has to be met for a great novel It is not the only standard but without this uality fiction in my view does not live up to its greater purposeHere are some other novels that I think live up to this standardBridge on the DrinaSorrow of WarMilagro Beanfield WarCities of SaltThe PickupSeason of Migration to the North

  • Hardcover
  • 372
  • The Wasted Vigil
  • Nadeem Aslam
  • English
  • 04 March 2020
  • 9780571238774