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Burnt Shadows: A Novel [Kamila Shamsie] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award An Orange Prize. SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORANGE PRIZE In a prison cell in the US, a man stands trembling, naked, fearfully waiting to be shipped to Guantánamo Bay. Summary and reviews of Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie, plus links to a book excerpt from Burnt Shadows and author biography of Kamila Shamsie.

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A novel with great scope ranging over a vast sweep of modern history, written with great warmth and understanding. It spans about 60 years, from the A- Bomb in Nagasaki, to the partitioning of India and Pa “Burnt Shadows” was a gift to me from a suamsie who valued this book highly. Hiroko is the one character that is present throughout the book and helps thread the book themes together.

No matter what you do, your heart is torn, and yet at the same time you love and go on loving. Through Sajjad you learn about the people of the Muslim faith living in India before the creation of Pakistan, the conflicts between Sikhs and Hindus and Muslims.

Any reader anticipating a predictable yarn about the radicalisation of Islamist youth may feel cheated. It is one of those book which reminds of all that could be but was not because cruelties of humans towards humans are much greater than any damage a natural disaster can cause. Hiroko’s stoic quietude is an byrnt homage to V.

There are wonderful myths here that add to the historical facts presented in Indian Summer. The scope of this novel is huge. The writer did a lot of research, to make the events of the world sync in with story.

There are other kamilla in the world!

Burnt Shadows

The willingness, or otherwise, to hear and understand and learn another’s language, or to teach, signals the direction of a story, an emotion. The novel is broken up into three sections. Kamipa highly recommend this novel. The second part moves to Pakistan in the early s and the backdrop is the struggle against the Soviets in Afghanistan.

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Hiroko Tanaka is twenty-one and in love with the man she is to marry, Konrad Weiss. You will thoroughly enjoy the time spent with this book if you enjoyed the quotes below.

February Burnt Shadows 17 29 Jun 29, The kind of book you tell your best friend to read so you can discuss it together, going over all the finer points. Not everyone is like us. In September ofat the age of eighty-five, Jose Saramago began to write a blog. At the outset, I was determined to enjoy this book to share the pleasure with my friend, but as I progressed I could observe why she ranked it so extremely well.

Shamsie is a generous, expansive writer; one ,amila paints the most intricate details with vivid sentences. I was impressed with shamsid scope of this novel – from Japan to Pakistan to America, and covering about half a century – it touched upon a broad spectrum of cultures, politics and lives, with the twists and turns in the story largely governed by geographic location. The Secret History of the End of an Empirebefore reading this kamika.

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My general takeaway was that the author wanted to show what happens when people choose to be nice to “the other”, but still not treat them as equals–those actions have far-reaching, inhumane, humiliating consequences. You will feel challenged and enlightened, possibly provoked, and undoubtedly enriched. In fact, it was quite miraculous how everything came together. Raza’s naive bid for a kind of gap year in Afghanistan’s training camps with his Afghan friend Abdullah brings adventures with gunrunners and poppy growers, but also sobering loss for the family and enduring guilt for Raza.

But Kamila Shamsie, who in Burnt Shadows does this so superbly, has done so much more. The writing is quite beautiful – some of the imagery will really stay with me, but it really doesn’t spoil the narative, quite the opposite. Oct 12, Beverly rated it it was amazing Shelves: Books by Kamila Shamsie. When I shared the opening themes ‘Why? I would not necessarily make the same choices but I do understand their choices. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in CBSNews.


Read the book, and you will smile too when you draw an image of this bridge in your mind. My original intention was that there would be a very brief Nagasaki section, ending with the bomb, and then the novel would move to when India and Pakistan tested their kajila bombs.

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I loved chapter 11 — describing sex while the Burtons repeatedly were asking each other where the twoyoung lovers could possibly have gone. As she steps onto her veranda, wrapped in a kimono with three black cranes swooping across the b Beginning on August 9,in Nagasaki, and ending in a prison cell in the US inas a man is waiting to be sent to Guantanamo Bay, Burnt Shadows is an epic narrative of love and betrayal.

Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie is an shadoows epic book that grabs you in the prologue, as an unnamed narrator is disrobed and left to wait naked with only a steel bench to sit on. Readers of literary fiction will enjoy this poetic story with the universal themes of humanity and characters finding a way to bring satisfaction to their individual lives.

But pivotal to the novel’s final betrayals, guilt and loss is a conversation fraught with suspicion and misunderstanding between Kim and Abdullah. This book brings up a lot of sediment to sift through. The shxmsie who loses everything and is born anew in blood. The Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki, which was obliterated on 9 August