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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Sound From the Silence: The Spy Who Was A Lover is a fictionalized autobiography written by Aslam Ansari. Ansari is an independent filmmaker who is currently based in Paris. Saying that Ansari is a filmmaker is sharing only a part of what he is. The author is a poet, an erstwhile model, a diplomat, and a self-described global cop who works with secret service agencies to further his dreams of a united world. But even more than that, Ansari is a romantic of the first order; one whose life's purpose is pursuing his lost love, Saira Mir. Mir left him while he was in California on an extended stay while promoting his indie films. She had deplored his penniless condition and his pursuit of dreams instead of security and material comforts. While he understood, in part, her rationale and need for some stability, he still could not help but forever keep her safety and well-being as top priorities in his life. And while he's been privy to the halls and people of power, his focus is still laser-sharp on the woman he loved and lost.
Aslam Ansari's autobiographical novel, Sound From the Silence: The Spy Who Was A Lover, is written from the heart. Even as the reader wonders at some of the global cop's exploits, that earnestness and authenticity always loom large in the picture. I enjoyed reading his story, even while I shared in his mourning for a past love, and I looked forward to each photograph as they appeared throughout his story. Some of them are, I suspect, the author's own photographic work, and they are stunning, especially the black and white images. The others show the author in any number of places of power or celebrity. Easily identifiable and almost seeming to be communicating with the reader through the camera lens, Ansari has been around and has made his mark. And does he ever get back his Saira? Perhaps in future chronicles of The Spy Who Was a Lover we may find out. Ansari’s story is riveting and his writing style is fluid and conversational. His discourse is fanciful at times and learned at others, but always worth following. Sound from the Silence: The Spy Who Was A Lover is highly recommended.