The Geometry of God
by Uzma Aslam Khan


Clockroot Books, 2009. ISBN 978-1-566-56774-9.
Reviewed by Rhonda Esakov
Posted on 12/08/2009

Fiction: Multi-Cultural; Fiction: Spirituality

With her latest book, The Geometry of God, acclaimed and outspoken novelist Uzma Aslam Khan brings us a fresh new viewpoint of peoples and places in Pakistan.

Two very spirited women, physically blind Mehwish and her older sister Amal, who acts as Mehwish's eyes, tell one tale through three perspectives: theirs and their scientist grandfather's. Beyond the physical, there is more than one way to be blind. Amal may be her sister's eyes, but her mind and heart need to be open to see as well. As we follow the various storylines told via the voices of these believable characters, we get a glimpse of their rich history, natural beauty, and religious beliefs. The reader discovers the country and its fundamental foundation as the sisters explore the messages left on and in the land with their eyes, fingers and feet.

During a difficult time of religious tension in the Middle East, The Geometry of God shares the feelings and personalities of the Pakistani people and how they are coping, growing and preserving their lives. The writing is vivid and rich. The reader is rewarded with new viewpoints, a welcome change from the sensationalized and often macabre portrayals of Pakistani people and the country they fight so hard to preserve.


Uzma Aslam Khand grew up in Karachi, Pakistan. She is the author of three prior novels and has been the distinguished visiting writer at the University of Hawaii. Visit the author's blog.

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