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Loved this story set in 1990s Pakistan It s narrated by several characters, most memorably the girl who, blind from early childhood, commits amusing misspellings as she tells her story in total innocence She communes with God whom she affectionately calls Clog She experiences God through zauq, immediate sensual joy Her sister and grandfather are memorable for their struggles as scientists in a society where advocates of the scientific method are treated suspiciously as potential enemies of Loved this story set in 1990s Pakistan It s narrated by several characters, most memorably the girl who, blind from early childhood, commits amusing misspellings as she tells her story in total innocence She communes with God whom she affectionately calls Clog She experiences God through zauq, immediate sensual joy Her sister and grandfather are memorable for their struggles as scientists in a society where advocates of the scientific method are treated suspiciously as potential enemies of religion and are subject to violence to say nothing of the double prejudice heaped upon a woman scientist, where young women are not supposed to socialize with men and are supposed to marry as quickly as possible The sister and grandfather experience the sacred through khayal, intellect When the Natick book club first selected The Geometry of God by Uzsma Aslam Khan, I had no idea what to expect As I got deeper into the book, I found myself searching for reasons to read another paragraph or chapter or sentence The night before I drove to DC to begin my new job, I stayed up TOO LATE finishing the book because I needed to know what happened before I had to return the library book On my drive, I found myself thinking about the characters and marveling at the story The book tru When the Natick book club first selected The Geometry of God by Uzsma Aslam Khan, I had no idea what to expect As I got deeper into the book, I found myself searching for reasons to read another paragraph or chapter or sentence The night before I drove to DC to begin my new job, I stayed up TOO LATE finishing the book because I needed to know what happened before I had to return the library book On my drive, I found myself thinking about the characters and marveling at the story The book truly draws you into several worlds In one world is the conflict between the religious and the scientific community In another world, you are watching Amal and Mehwish grow up and try to figure out ways to transform the way they function in the world.As cliche as it sounds and because I am still tired, I REALLY LOVED this book Surprisingly, I related to all four of the main characters even Norman who irritated me I appreciated Amal s struggle to be seen as a competent professional woman while also being a good sister and partner to her husband One of my favorite quotes from her is I have only ever wanted to be a humble voice in a mighty chorus I have only ever wanted to be a small flame in a greater fire Tonight, I am In the book, Amal works to find professional fulfilment, but in order to do that she has to tune out voices of her parents and in laws I appreciate that she wanted to make small changes to her marriage in order to have a partnership that reflects who she is trying to become I really loved Zahoor s curiosity and desire to share knowledge with his family and the general public I also appreciated that he was not afraid to speak up against brainwashing and the hypocrisy shown by religious fundamentalists in the book Not to give too much away, but when he was in prison, it broke my heart when he was upset that he could not read because there was no light in his room The interaction between him and Amal reminded me a lot of time I spent with my own grandfather Even though I did not care for Norman very much, I appreciated that he was trying to keep peace and be a good son even as he destroyed another man s life Another one of my favorite quotes was when Zahoor questions Norman about his life purpose What would you do with your hands if derived the power to sign your name across my life When I read that quote and the exchange, my jaw dropped It was such a powerful scene and made me think of how many people derive power and status from putting down others Even though it would be easy to demonize some characters in the book, the author does a great job of showing the complexity of all characters.My favorite narrator in the story is Mehwish She is blind and, as a result, all of her descriptions are very sensory It amazed me how she could tell what was happening the room even when no words were spoken As cheesy as it sounds, I loved watching her grown up Each time I read a passage, I could see subtle and not so subtle in her way of absorbing information.Even though I had read books that explored the concept of science versus religion and of women challenging the status quo, I have never read anything quite like this The beginning was a bit slow, but by the end I was excited to see what happens next and very sad to finish I miss reading the stories of the characters I appreciated that the book made me pause, reflect, and reread at several points before I went on Maybe it is because I have only been reading for work for the last two weeks, but I am really missing reading this book I wish that I had finished it before the book club meeting because I would have really enjoyed a vigorous discussion about many elements in the book Where else can you find a paleontologist as one of the protagonists a female, Pakistani paleontologist with a blind sister and an interest in the evolution of the whales A wise, playful, sad, erotic novel that declares that it is not only the herd mentality, greed and thirst for power that pushes us toward evil but also refusal to feel in every sense of the term and to imagine It also beautifully shows how everyone suffers in a militarized, fundamentalist, patriarchal society, women and m Where else can you find a paleontologist as one of the protagonists a female, Pakistani paleontologist with a blind sister and an interest in the evolution of the whales A wise, playful, sad, erotic novel that declares that it is not only the herd mentality, greed and thirst for power that pushes us toward evil but also refusal to feel in every sense of the term and to imagine It also beautifully shows how everyone suffers in a militarized, fundamentalist, patriarchal society, women and men, and how there might be ways to alleviate that suffering, on microcosmic level but still Hmm, I don t know how I really feel about this book I don t like it, but I don t hate it either I guess I am ambivalent And I think I know why.So first, the requisite synopsis The Geometry of God is a novel about many things It is a novel about paleontology, it is a novel about puberty, it is a novel about human relationships, it is a novel about religion and science, and lastly, it is a novel about Pakistan This novel tries to tackle them all, using four narrators that inter relate Zahoo Hmm, I don t know how I really feel about this book I don t like it, but I don t hate it either I guess I am ambivalent And I think I know why.So first, the requisite synopsis The Geometry of God is a novel about many things It is a novel about paleontology, it is a novel about puberty, it is a novel about human relationships, it is a novel about religion and science, and lastly, it is a novel about Pakistan This novel tries to tackle them all, using four narrators that inter relate Zahoor, the aged paleontologist who definitely believes in evolution, and whose scientific beliefs clash with fundamentalist Islamic thought Amal, who is Zahoor s granddaughter and is also a paleontologist in training Mehwish, who is Amal s younger sister, who becomes blind due to an accident when she was seven years old and Noman, a young man who changes all of their lives.That basically was the description of the book from the back cover However, in order to addto that, let me continue Zahoor and Amal are people who work in science, and they have found several interesting fossils that would somehow provide evidence to evolution Now simmering in the background is the Party of Creation, which is this small radical group that wants to promote Islamic conservatism They attack science in particular, and they take the Quran as the ultimate source of knowledge, including everything science related This is where Noman comes in Noman is the son of one of the prominent members of the Party of Creation, and he is sent to spy on Zahoor, because they see Zahoor as a threat, since he is an influential scientist.However, to make thingscomplicated, Noman eventually changes sides He sees the scientific approach better now than fundamentalism, and so he befriends Zahoor and his grandchildren, eventually falling in love with Mehwish However, he has done a bad deed in the beginning that eventually leads to Zahoor s death What that is, I will not tell, that s up for the reader to figure out.Now, this book had the potential to be liked I like the conflicts that the book provides The topic of religion and science has always interested me just look at the other topics that I blog about here However, perhaps the problem with this book is that there are too many things that it is trying to cover.So what are the conflicts that are being tackled in this book Well, for one, there s the religion versus science debate That is a prominent topic in the book Also, there s the puberty and human adolescence topic, since Mehwish starts as a little seven year old girl at the outset, and the she is seventeen when the book ends There is also the conflict about traditional values in Pakistan, about how women should just remain in the house and not go out digging for fossils and rocks Finally, there s also the emotional conflict between the erotic relationship between Amal and her boyfriend, Omar, who she eventually marries at the end of the book.So yes, given the fact that there were too many things that this book was trying to cover, things eventually get all over the place Perhaps I am a fan of the small but deep approach, not the large but shallow approach I wish there were less things that were being discussed, and the discussion could have beenintense.I have to say though that this book s saving grace was that there are four narrators, and they each provide their own point of view at the matter The narrative is also non linear, because it isn t the temporal property of the narrative that is important here but the narrator For that, I was able to find something in this book that I appreciated.So, do I recommend this book Hmmm, that s a good question Perhaps I only recommend this to people who would appreciatethe literary devices that are in place in this novel, but plot wise, I think there s too many things going on for me to actually focus on one thing and fully appreciate it for what it s worth.I give it 3 out of 5 stars Amal the practical sister who digs up the diamond key that unlocks the mystery of Pakicetus, a whale dog creature who once swam the ancient seas that are now Pakistan Mehwish the blind younger sister, who moves with the sun and music inside her and thinks in cup lits not fully legal Zahoor their heretical grandfather, a scientist who loves variation and vim zee and his two granddaughters most of all Noman the young man who steps into a lecture hall, decides their triangle needs a fourth point, and changes all their livesThese are the four shifting chambers who make the heart of The Geometry of God, the new novel from lauded Pakistani writer Uzma Aslam Khan Through these vivid, contradictory, and original characters, Khan celebrates the complexities of familial and erotic love, the tug of curiosity and duty, the intersections of faith and longing Her exuberant language draws from Urdu and Punjabi and invents one of its own for Mehwish, whose fractured English divides and slows and reveals The Geometry of God is a novel one can read greedily, following these characters as their lives unfold against the backdrop of General Zia s Pakistan, where religious fundamentalism gains ground and the mujaheddin is funded by gem sales and the Americans Or one can savor, as the sisters show us digging as Amal does toward the novel s deepest questions about love and knowledge and faith, moving as Mehwish does to the rhythms of an abundant and original language On the surface this is a story of a young girl named Amal and her discovery in the mountains of Pakistan of a much coveted fossil I won t say what it turns out to be As she grows older, Amal seeks to develop her love of nature and science in a harsh male dominated land But this book isn t about surfaces it s about digging deeper Amal s sister is a poet and an artist who, blinded at a very young age, invents her own language There are some lovely drawings and charts and poems, adding to On the surface this is a story of a young girl named Amal and her discovery in the mountains of Pakistan of a much coveted fossil I won t say what it turns out to be As she grows older, Amal seeks to develop her love of nature and science in a harsh male dominated land But this book isn t about surfaces it s about digging deeper Amal s sister is a poet and an artist who, blinded at a very young age, invents her own language There are some lovely drawings and charts and poems, adding to the overall surprising nature of the book The story is also about logic and faith again asking why, like science and art, the two can t co exist It s about a different way of seeing and being, or maybe a way that used to exist that could exist again And yet, it isn t heavy or nostalgic I found it to be funny, moving, and suspenseful Overall, a beautiful discovery Read a perfect book after so long There was a range of character arcs, some predictable but still enjoyable I loved the science parts in between, the attempt to separate faith and logic and most of all Mehwish Her character goes from infancy to early adulthood, with parts in between where she turns inwards and shuts herself to the world Beautifully summarizing viewpoints as the player ages Noman relationship with his father as it progresses and his inner dilemmas were put together in unforg Read a perfect book after so long There was a range of character arcs, some predictable but still enjoyable I loved the science parts in between, the attempt to separate faith and logic and most of all Mehwish Her character goes from infancy to early adulthood, with parts in between where she turns inwards and shuts herself to the world Beautifully summarizing viewpoints as the player ages Noman relationship with his father as it progresses and his inner dilemmas were put together in unforgettable words Description of Noman s mother is done very delicately with just glimpses of her fear in just one page Overall the book made me happy, taught me something and will come back over the years in some place which vaguely reminds me of it I picked this up by chance at the library, and I m so glad I did It s a very big novel that emerges from the tiny intricacies of language It s also emotionally raw and compelling and filled with lush, sensuous description and a very clear love of ideas and the people for whom they matter. Complex yet fun This story keeps you reading until the last page and ends abruptly, which is one major negative point Besides that, it s definitely one of the best Pakistani fiction about the conflict of religion and science I have read in a long time. A good book Though the style of story telling a bit unorthodox, but as one reads the scenario grips the reader..Uzma Aslam khan has touched many sensitive issues like blasphemy, heresy and fatalism the writing shows vast experience of the writer which sounds queer for most Pakistani women