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The Golden Legend
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The Golden Legend

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A brave, timely, searingly beautiful novel from the acclaimed author of The Blind Man's Garden set in contemporary Pakistan, the story of a Muslim widow and her Christian neighbors whose community is consumed by violent religious intolerance.

When shots ring out on the Grand Trunk Road, Nargis's life begins to crumble around her. Her husband, Massud--a fellow architect--is caught in the cross fire and dies before she can confess her greatest secret to him. Now under threat from a powerful military intelligence officer, who demands that she pardon her husband's American killer, Nargis fears that the truth about her past will soon be exposed. For weeks someone has been broadcasting people's secrets from the minaret of the local mosque, and, in a country where even the accusation of blasphemy is a currency to be bartered, the mysterious broadcasts have struck fear in Christians and Muslims alike. When the loudspeakers reveal a forbidden romance between a Muslim cleric's daughter and Nargis's Christian neighbor, Nargis finds herself trapped in the center of the chaos tearing their community apart.

In his characteristically luminous prose, Nadeem Aslam has given us a lionhearted novel that reflects Pakistan's past and present in a single mirror, a story of corruption, resilience, and the disguises that are sometimes necessary for survival--a revelatory portrait of the human spirit.

Title:The Golden Legend
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0451493788
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages
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    The Golden Legend Reviews

  • Carol
    May 14, 2017

    [It may be some time before I have the bandwidth to write proper reviews. Penning this one would be my first priority, when time permits.]Until then: I would give it ten stars if I could. I will press...

  • William Koon
    Jan 18, 2017

    I discovered Nadeem Aslam many years ago. He is totally delightful as a writer. He never disappoints with his intelligent and thoughtful themes. His Map for Lost Lovers remains one of my favorite nove...

  • Eric Anderson
    Feb 13, 2017

    I’ve greatly admired Nadeem Aslam’s writing since I read his 2004 novel “Maps for Lost Lovers” which focused on an immigrant Pakistani community in the north of England. There is something so ...

  • Saloni Sharma
    Feb 27, 2017

    We live in a difficult world and it is up to writers and artists to make it worth living in, even while engaging with the worst it has to offer. Aslam's latest is almost morbid in the way it connects ...

  • Vivek Tejuja
    Jan 22, 2017

    With every book that he writes, Nadeem Aslam only gets better at his craft. Since his debut novel in 1993, “Season of the Rainbirds”, Aslam returns to Pakistan with his latest book “The Golden L...

  • Rachel Watts
    Jan 20, 2017

    This novel is a stunning work. It tells a story both wide, and spread over centuries, and very intimate. That Aslam manages to step across that gulf so easily, and so frequently, is an incredible achi...

  • Dee
    Feb 23, 2017

    A story of life in a city in Pakistan near the Indian border and how both religion and the many forms of violence affect the people who live there. I had no idea of the day-to-day undercurrents and te...

  • Anne Goodwin
    Jan 03, 2017

    The Golden Legend is rich in symbolism, most powerfully through the book, written by his father, which Massud was holding at the moment of his death. Having been hacked through by the visiting intelli...

  • Kelsi H
    Feb 05, 2017

    Please read all of my reviews at http://ultraviolentlit.blogspot.ca!In broad terms, The Golden Legend is an exploration of the conflict between Muslims and Christians, set in contemporary Pakistan. Ho...

  • Cora Gunter
    May 10, 2017

    The Golden Legend by Nadeem AslamThis beautifully written book tells the story of religious intolerance in modern day Pakistan. Pakistan is deeply divided along religious lines of Muslin and Christian...