- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Anchor Canada (Sept. 8 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385665512
- ISBN-13: 978-0385665513
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 249 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #535,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Wasted Vigil Paperback – Sep 8 2009
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“Dazzling…. As affecting as it is provocative.”
— Los Angeles Times Book Review
“A tour de force.”
— San Francisco Chronicle
“Poetic, sensuous, precisely descriptive and lavishly allusive…. Important and memorable…deeply satisfying.”
— The Washington Times
“An extraordinary work… entirely, and unmistakably, the product of a wholly original mind.”
— The Herald (London)
“A superb achievement, a book in which every detail is nuanced, every piece of drama carefully choreographed, even minor characters carefully drawn.”
— Colm Toibin, author of Mothers and Sons
“Aslam reveals — artfully and heartbreakingly — a psychology at war with itself … His prose is richly atmospheric, his tone engagingly introspective.”
— The New York Times Book Review
“A work of great courage…. A filigree of quests for loves that never were, of passions cut short and of romances that are about to be. I was heartbroken when the dense, dark tapestry was finished.”
— The Independent (UK)
“Enthralling… Like Michael Ondaatje in The English Patient, Aslam knows how to handle the rich material in front of him, because he is not merely a novelist; he is an artist and a poet.”
— New Statesman
“Beautifully written and tragic, Aslam is a major writer.”
— A.S. Byatt
“A harrowing yet beautiful depiction of an Afghanistan mutilated by war and oppression… With astonishing lyricism and compassion Aslam creates unforgettable characters while telling a story that is as gripping as it is affecting.”
— Boston Globe
“A haunting tale…. Aslam leavens The Wasted Vigil with uniquely lyrical prose…. Inventive yet remarkably fluid.”
— The Globe and Mail
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Nadeem Aslam is the author of Maps for Lost Lovers, a New York Times Notable Book which received the 2005 Kiriyama Prize and was shortlisted for the 2006 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and Season of the Rainbirds. He was born in Pakistan and now lives in England.
From the Hardcover edition.
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A must read if one is interested in the recent history of Afghanistan.
This is a strong 5-star book, and I won't be surprised if I hear that Nadeem Aslam is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for this wonderful, insight, searching book.
No need for a long review; others will write them. My recommendation is that you must read this book!