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The Wasted Vigil (Vintage International) Paperback – September 8, 2009
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Aslam's Wasted Vigil is a delight to read. It's almost like a poem - lyrical and soft. The lives of many different kinds of people - old and young, men and women, Afghans, Americans, British, Russian - are all woven together in a tapestry of love, intrigue, hate and regret. Wasted Vigil is a tremendous insight into present day realities in Afghanistan.
I have been in Afghanistan twice over the last four years and once for almost six months. I did not know too much about Afghanistan's socio-political history before I went there in 2004. The book makes it all come alive, in a lyrical way. There is a calmness in Aslam's style which is rich and powerful, gentle and kind, giving an intimate insight into the minds and hearts of all the characters - so well developed - right to the end. For all those wondering why things are the way they in today's global geo-politics, the book is a terrific read. For others, interested in poetry and literature, the book is an even finer read.
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His characters came across as authentic & vivid to me - I sympathized with their inner turmoil as they reacted to outside events with dignity & hope, yet they ultimately trod the paths which they seemed destined to follow. As a Muslim, I have to agree with an earlier reviewer in that it would have been helpful if Aslam had included the chapter/verse references when he quoted from the Quran - I think his intention in quoting out of context was to highlight the fact that this is precisely what the Taliban or extremists frequently do in order to justify their interpretation, yet to an non-Muslim, it would appear that the Quran actually condones such abhorrent behavior (when it DOES not!) Other than this one quibble, the book successfully portrays the upheaval of war, the high cost to the average citizen, & also the human striving for survival against all odds...really beautifully written.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nadeem Aslam writes about man's inhumanity to man with the most beautiful sentences and carefully observed images. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Loraine Despres
It is a post 9/11 book that goes into detail about history of Afghanistan. The author does a good job of showing fictional characters during the Soviet Union's invasion of... Read morePublished 8 months ago by umar tosheeb
Enjoyed it very much however found myself getting lost following the different characters storiesPublished 21 months ago by judy stokes
upon arrival book looked in excellent condition until reading and then some pages fell out because not attached to bindingPublished on August 10, 2013 by Mary Jane Mikuriya
I am tired of reading about violence. The book is well written but if my book group chooses another book about the Afganistan cruel situation I'm leaving it. Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by Merrilee Palmer
This was a wonderful read,from the opening chapter to the very last word I just loved it .Gives a insight into a country that is scary and fascinating at the same time,all this... Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by Kay Clayton
However gave this book 5 stars does not have a clear sense and knowledge of what great literature is really about on one hand, and of contemporary history on the other. Read morePublished on April 15, 2013 by Vault101
The Wasted Vigil is one of the most beautifully written books I have read in the past ten years, with striking imagery and flashing colors and complex references to the past, as... Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by Janet S. Yoder