Book Group: The July choice - Maps for Lost Lovers, by Nadeem Aslam
Is it worth the wait? For me, absolutely: this is a book made radiant by its linguistic glory, and solid by its emotional gravitas. The plot unfolds over one year, each season sketched with painterly skill, among the Pakistani community of a northern town. These are not the metropolitan sophisticates of much "multi-cultural" British fiction, but poor, often vulnerable migrants and their children, still yoked to home by family and faith.
Jugdu and his lover Chanda have gone missing. Other family members painfully uncover the hows and the whys both of the disappearance, and the tensions that lie behind it. But does Aslam over-write, as some critics thought? And does the resolution of the mystery confirm some false ideas about British Muslims? Please let us know - and don't delay.
'Maps for Lost Lovers' by Nadeem Aslam, Faber (£7.99)
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
- 2 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 3 Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations
- 4 Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
- 5 UK weather: 'Coldest night of the year' tonight as freezing temperatures plummet to -10C
Millions of Britons struggling to feed themselves and facing malnourishment
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Nigel Farage: Ukip leader named 'Briton of the year' by The Times
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk