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But this book deserves it, and I’m writing this as soon as I read the last words of the story. Konrad Weiss, a German living in Nagasaki, trying to understand their culture. She also sits kaila the advisory board of the Index on Censorship.

For me it was all about identity, and how a sense of identity can be damaged by the horror of an atomic bomb, or by failing exams, by subterfuge, or by looking different to ka,ila around you. Kamila Shamsie has woven a world, an alternate universe really, that shows that a bomb not only spreads hatred, it destroys the aspirations that come attached with life.

After the horrors of WW2 and the bombing in Japan and the riots and killings in India: Share your thoughts with other customers. Is her search at all a metaphor for people trying to understand their own place in history? Customers who viewed this item also viewed. I could tell more or less what was going to happen, in which direction the scenes were developing. Sep 12, Anum Shaharyar rated it it was amazing Shelves: Shamsie has written a profound and powerful novel of family, nations and wars.

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Mainly because suamsie had names in Japanese and German that i could not pronounce. Those are minor points; this is a competent and compassionate examination of many of the issues the modern world has to grapple with and I would recommend it. KonradHenryLizAbdullahKim Given the world hostilities, we become so accustomed to these xhadows that while we may not agree with them we accept them as a fact of life.


So many novels make their protagonists suffer, but Shamsie gives Hiroko, as if to atone for making her witness the bomb, not only competence, talent, boldness among admirable qualities, an independent spirit it didn’t bother her in the least to know she would always be a foreigner in Pakistan – she had no interest in belonging to anything as contradictorily insubstantial and damaging as a nation and ambiguously generous benefactors, but an extraordinarily desirable opposite number, countless sources of delight written and shqmsie, a son who earns his kamola story, and always the last word.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. Sweeping in its scope and mesmerizing in its evocation of time and place, this is a tale of love and war, of three generations, and three world-changing historic events.

Thank you for your feedback. Anita Desai’s influence is also palpable, in a pre-partition Old Delhi steeped in Urdu poetry. In fact, it was quite miraculous how everything came together.

Throughout India’s history conquerors have come from elsewhere, and all shamzie them – Turk, Arab, Hun, Mongol, Persian – have become Indian. Words hurt, trust broken once never really is recovered.

I love the character development, the complex plot lines, the rich descriptive scenes she creates.

Burnt Shadows

Your fiance died in it. Honestly this book blew me away with the amount of emotion emanating from each of the characters. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. There is no overcoming, just a bitter fading of it and an ever pronounceable taste that can surface anytime. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. It was most rewarding to have these experiences opened up to me.


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One can only admire the huge advances she has made, and helped us to make, in understanding the new global tensions. The two families, while watching each other’s back, can also prove instrumental in each other’s destruction. The romance motif in this book is nothing like Ashok’s fairy-tales. Jun 10, Caroline rated it really liked it Shelves: No matter what you do, your heart is torn, and yet at the same time you love and go on loving.

I imagined a Pakistani shasmie whose grandmother had been in Nagasaki when the bomb fell.

I’m not saying that Shamsie is emulating any of these works, it’s just that her novel didn’t seem distinctively unique from these other shamsiw with similar themes. The story is woven through decades, lives, people, countries, and you see different facets and faces of these feelings throughout the story’s journey from one side of the globe to the other. The Eliot Weinberger Interview As I’ve written elsewhere, translation flourishes when there is a national inferiority complex The atomic bomb and experiences there of, are a bit shallow but one seldom reads social emotional scars of the bomb.

The replacement was built in – Photograph: On that negative note, one could also kamil compare this novel to The Kite Runner for it’s ties to the conflict in Afghanistan. For years Shamsie spent equal amounts of time in London and Karachi, while also occasionally teaching creative writing at Hamilton College in New York State.

Kamila Shamsie’s Burnt Shadows is a story for our time by “a writer of immense ambition and strength.