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Kaart voor verdoolde geliefden

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  2,877 ratings  ·  381 reviews
Een jaar uit het leven van de Pakistaanse moslim Shamas, 65 jaar, en zijn devote vrouw: een echtpaar dat in een Engelse industriestad woont.
Paperback, 445 pages
Published 2004 by Mouria
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Feb 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the kind of book that is best digested by biting off small bits and letting them melt in your mouth. The language is beautiful and the story is compelling. I would characterize it as something along the lines of Rohinton Mistry meets Zadie Smith meets Jane Austen. I can't wait to read more from this author. ...more
Naveed Qazi
Jun 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wished I had time to write a review. This book made me speechless. Really, go ahead and buy it. It is a treasure.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So much flowery prose,so much needless verbosity. The one good thing about this book
was that just a few chapters in,I could see that this is one author,I wasn't going to like.

I kept skimming,saw more and more words and nothing much happening. The writing style well and truly grated on my nerves.

Abandoned quickly,and good riddance. There are too many other,much more interesting books to read in my tbr pile.
Paul Bryant
Nov 11, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
To be concise - something Nadeem Aslam has never tried in his life - this novel is too


Mr Aslam's prose is more flowery than two trips to Kew Gardens (which consist of 121 hectares of gardens and botanical glasshouses between Richmond and Kew in southwest London, England, and is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and an internationally important botanical research and education institution with 700 staff and an income of £56
Nov 13, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story was good, but the author had a negative tone throughout the whole book about his cultural background and continuously blamed everything on being Pakistani. It was frustrating reading this book especially when I didn't agree with the author's point of view at times. ...more
May 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I feel guilty for marking this book so low, so I do so with a disclaimer: I acknowledge that this is a wonderful book, but there were some things which hit my buttons and made me dislike it. I found every single character's deep level of self-pity irksome. This was something which only occurred to me towards the end, but there was something else which really did annoy me. The imagery was just ridiculous sometimes..I know what in writings by those from India, Pakistan, the sub-continent in genera ...more
Jan 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Feminists and Imams everywhere
Recommended to Phil by: Christopher Hitchens
I've got to find some crappy books that I hated or even OK books that I struggled through. I'm giving everything five stars, but believe me, this beautiful and chilling book deserves it. I was listening to Hugh Hewitt interview Christopher Hitchens on the radio when he recommended this book in glowing terms. I went to Amazon and ordered.
The novel takes place in the Midlands of England among the Pakistani community of a small city. the novel is told from the point of view of Shamas, a middle-aged
Dec 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one powerful Novel!

I would like to know the reaction of Muslims in Pakistan in regards to Nadeem's Aslam interpretation of Islam and tradition of Muhammad in "Maps for Lost Lovers."

There are many harsh accusations in this book. Each Character has his/her own story in this tight Islamic surrounding. I personally wanted to strangle Kaukab (the religious mother of the family) when she was breastfeeding her infant son, but she was also fasting because of Ramadan, and she decided that the inf
Ishaque A.
Feb 02, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Never in my life I have read a book for which I have felt a strong urge to unread as much as I can, as soon as possible, as I did for this book. But alas there isn't any way to unread a book.

This book is a waste of time, waste of money and over all a yucky piece of garbage which is full of hypocritical characters who have mountain high moral values and really low, gutter level selfesteems. For instance, I find it really ironic that the most gentlemanly and high moral valued character of the st
Mar 03, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although the story is interesting and it is beautifully written, there are several mistakes about Islam. As in the Wasted Vigil, Aslam seems to make the statement that the practices (in the name of Islam) by uneducated Indians, Pakistanis and Afghans epitomize what Islam teaches, rather than inaccurate and cultural interpretations of misguided and self-serving 'clerics'. This is unfortunate, as I found the storyline and characters in this novel and the Wasted Vigil to be soulful and nuanced. I a ...more
One of my favourite books - a dark story of honour killing told in beautifully poetic language.
A difficult book. Simultaneously rather lovely and COMPLETELY MADDENING, and desperately in need of an editor - there are places where he repeats the same wildly flowery simile almost word for word within less than five pages, which would have been a mere single annoyance if not for the fact that this is hands down the most over-similed book I have ever read and most of them should have been pruned out ANYWAY. Characters can't walk down the street without three paragraphs of description about th ...more
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are so many long, detailed reviews on here - glad to see this book has impacted others enough to comment at length, as well as me. Equally gripping and sad. It is densely descriptive and difficult to get into at first. Once the story unfolds it becomes difficult to put down. Another reviewer has said they felt they were living in the book and this is exactly how you feel. I felt every emotion for each character. I am surprised at myself for feeling pity for the townspeople for their ignora ...more
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nadeem Aslam gets into the psyche of a Pakistani immigrant family living in London and graphically creates the conflicts and tensions of the members that arise when traditional Islam comes face to face with Western norms of modernity,. Jugnu and Chanda are lovers who have been missing and presumed to be murdered by Chanda's brothers as retribution for living in sin. Jugnu's brother Shamas is a liberal community leader married to Kaukub - a woman torn between the literal words of the Quran and he ...more
Ghina Mehr
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything in this novel is at its extreme: beauty at its intense, love at its fiercest, grief at its peak. The book is really consuming,it will leave behind a void.I'm amazed at the way Aslam penned down some of the most disturbing things with such lyricism and ease, if the same weight would have been placed on a mountain it would have crumbled. ...more
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maps for Lost Lovers is deeply sad tale of Pakistani immigrants in England. Of people who come from a culture with deep rooted beliefs that are diametrically opposite to what the west holds. Of immigrants coming to an alien land with hope, only to lose everything they ever held dear, including things they would not have lost even in the poverty-stricken homeland they had left behind.

It is a book that has been carefully crafted in exquisite detail, and written in highly metaphorical prose that pa
A poetic ode to love, to lovers and to the lost lovers...

Very rarely a book is written to be a beautiful poem. If one has ever loved and lost, this book will make you feel it again, both the joy and sadness of it. The book leaves a deep impression on you, and you start to believe the permanence of love, the sad twinge in your heart which stays no matter what, the love so pure which can never be understood in the dark reality of this world.

To read more go to my blog: https://storywala.blogspot.c
Julie Christine
Set among a Pakistani community in the Midlands ;), this is a tragic, poignant story of a culture clashing violently with itself. A young couple elope and are murdered, supposedly by members of their own close-knit community, possibly by their own families. The story reveals the inner thoughts, the alienation and struggles of Pakistani characters who are either trying to merge traditions with Western influences or prevent the acculturation of their community altogether. Beautifully written.
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nadeem Aslam paints an amazing poetic landscape with his words....while telling the grim and horrifying reality of the lives of the Pakistani immigrants...who live upholding their faith---yet the tragedy of their lives is that it is this faith which lets them down. A moving tale of lost lives...
Afifah Luqman
This wasn't a bad book. It was very well written. Too well. It's flowery and (over) descriptive. With (over) romanticism of Pakistan/Sub Continent and not enough mention of how the characters have improved their lives.

The main theme; to qoute from the book itself is:

Nothing is an accident: it’s always someone’s fault; perhaps—but no one teaches us how to live with our mistakes. Everyone is isolated, alone with his or her anguish and guilt, and too penetrating a question can mean people are not a
Regina Lemoine
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars, rounded up. I’ve had this book on my Kindle for years, purchased on sale for just a couple of dollars. For some reason, I’d never read it. I needed one more book for a challenge I’m doing, so I decided to finally read it and found that it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year. It isn’t perfect. It’s a bit overwritten in parts, but overall the writing is vibrant. The novel itself is melancholy, delving into numerous lost loves: husbands and wives, lovers, parents and children, an ...more
Mar 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bereft of their homeland, its customs and beauty, Pakistani immigrants in England navigate their new situation while trying desperately to hold on to what was once theirs. Kaukab and Shamas are polar opposites, she very devout and literally ignorant of the modern world. Her traditions and prejudices cause her to be hurt and to hurt her children and her husband, and unwittingly her brother-in-law. Shamas, her husband is so constrained by his poetic vision of the world that he cannot save himself ...more
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I rarely rate books with 5 stars. That should tell you something. When I first started reading it, I thought that the poetic language was a bit over the top but now I'd like to go back and read some of those descriptions again.

This is a story about Pakistani immigrants in the UK. The main character is an older man, educated and open-minded. His wife, another important character, is a traditional religious Muslim. The story revolves around his brother's and girl friend's murders. They were kille
Ana Ovejero
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maps for Lost Lovers' portrays the story of the Pakistani community in an unknown city in England. Jugnu and his lover Chanda have a different relationship according to the small community's ideas: Jugnu is a single grown man and Chandra is a divor cee living together without marrying. Suddenly, they disappear and later Chandra's brothers are arrested for murder. The narration display the following twelve months, gradually disclosing the several lives of various characters which live in a betwee ...more
Jerry Pogan
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great writer! This is the first book Ive read by Aslam and I plan to read more. The book exposed the very deep culture differences between Muslim emigrants and Western lifestyles in a beautiful poetic prose.
Ron Charles
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nadeem Aslam is either very brave or very naive. If he hadn't spent more than a decade writing this devastating anti-Islamic novel, it would look like a reckless act. Presumably he knows what he's doing -- and doesn't mind generating a wave of ill-will from Muslims. "Maps for Lost Lovers" is every faith-culture's worst nightmare. After all, the frontal attack by a prejudiced outsider is relatively easy to repel; even blows from a bitter apostate often inspire only a sense of sanctified victimiza ...more
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because of a) it’s really pretty cover; and b) because it’s a story by a Pakistani writer (cheap thrills?).
Maps for Lost Lovers is the story of an immigrant Pakistani community living in the United Kingdom. It’s the story of religion and how it manages to create a hive mind, binding society into a tightly knit web. The plot centres around the sudden disappearance of a Pakistani couple, Chanda and Jugnu, whose the tale has been narrated by their families, interspersed with
Lauran Lansdon
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read his genre to learn more about others. Knowledge breeds compassion, it can bridge a divide. But it's often a heartbreaking genre and this book is no exception. Always write about love, the author mentions in his dedication. Some might see hope in these pages -- persistence may some day produce a different outcome. I saw despair and heartbreak. Kaukab is a woman I'm not soon to forget. I pity, empathize, and fear her. My heart is with all the women of Pakistan whose stories are told through ...more
Now, if I could just get paid for Reading...
I honestly have no clue what to rate this one-2 or a 5.
L.M. Brown
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book-I loved the language, the imagery, the characters and the story. It's been a long time since I read it but I can still remember certain moments. I bought five copies for presents that year-I need to find my copy (moved a few times since) or get it again and re-read.

Would definitely recommend.
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Aslam was born in Pakistan in 1966 and moved to Britain at age 14. His family left Pakistan to escape President Zia's regime.

His novel Maps for Lost Lovers, winner of the Kuriyama Prize, took him more than a decade to complete. Aslam has stated that the first chapter alone took five years to complete, and that the following story in the book took seven months to complete before rejecting it. At th

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