“The Lost Pearl” by Lara Zuberi

It is only in the prepossession of the lost that one tends to find the verdancy in the barren landscape, one that has been called home for centuries. One that has persevered through thick and thin and has reincarnated the incessant marathon among the wordless oceans and the abodeless lands. It doesn’t exhilarate me to think, how in your seas of wisdom I can’t find but an oyster of fate, for you lend me yours to salvage among the priceless valuables. To this day I wonder, to what consequence did we acquire the anonymity in wisdom.

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The Author, Plot and More Information

The author of The Lost Pearl is Lara Zuberi who is an auspicious author, brought up in Pakistan and currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her family. She also practices as an Assistant Professor of Hematology and Medical Oncology at The University of Florida. This was her debut novel and a part of the proceeds from this book will be used to provide for the underprivileged cancer patients in Pakistan.

The Lost Pearl, a novel by Lara Zuberi, AKU '00 - AKUAANA
Lara Zuberi   Picture Credits: https://akuaana.org

Here is a list of all of her notable works:

  1. The Lost Pearl
  2. Torn Pages

The main characters in the book include:

  1. Sana Shah
  2. Ahmer
  3. Asad Shah

The story basically revolves around Sana trying to gather the scattered pieces of her conscience and previous traumas of witnessing the murder of her father and then eventually leaving her home country where she could not come to terms with her stepfather and felt as if a new family was en route where she could not have an equal part as long as the memory of her father haunted her. Eventually, she moved to California to her Aunt and Uncle and continued to study journalism there all the while trying to reminisce on the pearls of wisdom left behind by her father when she meets Ahmer and a knot is tied between the two, one which will intertwine both the lives in an unprecedented manner as previous traumas resurface.

My Review and Experience Regarding The Book

One of the most exhilarating elements of this book is the unprecedented plot twists till the last page as all the diverse, individual tenets of the plot metamorphose together in this versatile plot which keeps you engrossed in the story.

Another element, worth mentioning is the acclaimed character development as you tend to witness and actually feel the characters developing through the ravaging plot and how their stories bind with the stories of other characters. Also, the versatile themes that have been highlighted in the story from not only family, friends, trauma but to politics and corruption in a third world country. Thus the story emphasizes on many tenets and societal inequalities that many people fear bringing up especially if it is about their own home country.

“They also agreed that punishment was God’s right and we should trust him for justice, rather than taking revenge and harbouring anger.”

– Lara Zuberi, The Lost Pearl

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Even with not being a verbose piece of writing the translations of some pieces of poetry in between really offered this artistic masterstroke that held the entire novel together. However, the cliched, happy ending did seem somewhat of a disappointment after the upheaval in the novel but then endings are always relative. 

My Favorite Lines From the Book

Here are a few lines from the book The Lost Pearl by Lara Zuberi that have stayed with me:

(P.S. All of these quotes/lines ARE from The Lost Pearl and they are written by Lara Zuberi, I was just too lazy to write it beside every line.)

  • “What makes you rich is your soul, your knowledge, it’s what inside a person not what’s outside for everyone to see.”
  • “Was forgetting a part of healing?”
  • “I was always intrigued and impressed by people who had the ability to turn grief into something beautiful and honourable, rather than allowing themselves to dissolve in despair.”
  • “You are a giving person Sana, and one cannot give from a heart full of sadness.”
  • “Even with the most harmonious colours, a beautiful painting could not emerge on a ruined canvas.”

“Silence can be golden but it as bad as lying if it is used to hide the truth.”

– Lara Zuberi, The Lost Pearl

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