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The Wasted Vigil by Nadeem Aslam
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Jul 07, 11

it was ok

For some reason I felt compelled to finish the book. Although he has a beautiful writing style, he skips around in places and I felt I had to reread to understand which character he was talking about. The main reason why I gave this two stars and hesitated for one, is because of the author's blatant MISrepresentation of Islam. His quotes from the Quran are completely fabricated. Granted, part of this may be in trying to show the mindset of the Taliban, but with absolutely no clarification whatsoever. There was only one character who represented moderate Islam and she made only a very slight appearance about three quarters of the way into the book. To me, this book was about Islamic fundamentalism vs. atheism, with the author glorifying atheism. Very disappointing...

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Farah I agree, although author was telling the mindset of Taliban and their interpretation of a religion but there was a complete lack of a character who could present the actual moderate concept of Islam. It was about how Taliban sees Islam or how west sees Islam but not about how a moderate Muslim feels after 9/11. There were many occasions while reading this book, I just wanted to tell author " what you quoted here is not true and sometime such misinterpretations can be misleading for readers"

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