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readerab has commented on (3) products.

The Blind Man's Garden by Nadeem Aslam
The Blind Man's Garden

readerab, June 23, 2013

Having emerged from the subway on the clear morning of September 11, 2001 to see the first World Trade Tower burning I have a New Yorker’s perspective on how that day impacted our lives. The Blind Man’s Garden is not the first book of fiction I have read which depicts the challenges faced by ‘everyday people’ in the Muslim world as a result of that day’s events, but for me it was the most vivid. The subject, not the writing, made it a difficult read. When I turned the last page I returned to a real world of choices that the characters I came to know, and the real people they represent, do not have. I recommend this book for anyone who appreciates fiction that provides insight into lives very different from our own.
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The Absolutist by John Boyne
The Absolutist

readerab, January 1, 2013

A well-written, very poignant story of a time and place I know little about but enough to expect it would not be an easy read. The horror of WWI was portrayed vividly as was the isolation of not being able to be your true self. That presents a stark comparison to how things are a century later, albeit living fully with one's sexual identity remains a challenge within some cultures.
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State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
State of Wonder

readerab, January 19, 2012

A trip down the Amazon, ethical dilemmas and humor - all well-written.
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