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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We can find comfort and home in most unlikely places and among most unlikely people. Well, it does – I absolutely loved it. Because this book was recommended to me for my fondness for The Far Pavilions, I expected a grand, sweeping love story.

CIA backing for the mujahideen’s resistance war, and abandonment of them once the Soviet army withdrew, is seen as a grim policy failure whose legacy is being reaped in “Jihadi blowback”. As Abdullah says bitterly, “My brother died winning their Cold War. I think it will turn into an “I liked it” book. Ultimately, what was most interesting to me was the cultural soup of Japanese, German, British, Indian, Pakistani, and Americans that flavored the novel.

A complex editor at a certain swanky standard-bearing New York magazine had this to exclaim whe The whole Lispector re-launching began innocently enough: I also liked the fact that I learnt a lot from this book. The first is in the s; in Hiroko Tanaka has become engaged to Konrad Weiss, a German living, like her in Nagasaki.

Instead the relationships are broken down jalopies, bravely forging ahead on unstable ground. I read so much, and so quickly, that it takes a rare exception of a book to send me searching for post-it notes and a pen to write down quotes from the writing. In the end there was no grandson, and no section—but there is a link between the woman in Nagasaki and a young man from Pakistan.

He is in love with the culture, the poetry, and as reluctant to leave the city, but his blooming romance with Hiroko and the subsequent events put a twist in fate that brings us, once again, down to the level of the human reacting to the large, the international, the encompassing.


Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie

The book was tragedy bound to happen. Nagasaki and the atomic bomb. The Irresistible Heart of Darkness: I stop and question what I feel about shwmsie given topic. But as well as exploring alienation, this boo I was impressed with the 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 kind of book you tell your best friend to read so you can discuss kxmila together, going over all the finer points.

The Kamila Shamsie Interview

The character who loses everything and is born anew in blood. If – when – this Buurnt happens, those Muslims who leave Delhi and Lucknow and Hyderabad to go there, they will be leaving their homes. You will thoroughly enjoy the time spent with this book if you enjoyed the quotes below.

The ties that have bound these families together over decades and generations are tested to the extreme, with unforeseeable consequences. Not a conscious decision at all—at least, not prior to kaamila the novel. The end was to blatant for me. His character teaches a lot about being a child of beautiful parents.

Pakistan – Nile daughter recommends “Burnt Shadows” 1 12 Oct 19, Kamila Shamsie paints some vivid pictures that are difficult to shift and often invoke high emotion.

When worlds collide

It is over here that the Weiss and the Burtons will find their way into the lives of the Tanaka and Ashrafs, all the while spanning across greater demographics. Your fiance died in it.

Having read Shamsie’s Broken Verseswhere the literary element is an integral feature of the story, I expected to find that kind of meta-fictional play at work here, too, but it is missing. They fall in love and marry; partition taking them from Dehli to Karachi. Was this a conscious decision before you sat down to write the book?


It was hard to say if Elizabeth or Sajjad was more surprised at his tone after eight years during which he used only excessive politeness as a weapon against her. KonradHenryLizAbdullahKim James Burton tells Hiroko it’s not necessary for her to learn Urdu. I had the distinct impression the novel was written with a film adaptation in mind.

View all 5 comments. In a conversation with an American woman, an Afghan man who had fought against the Soviets stated, ” Maybe you have to be a little older to have experienced all the different parts of life.

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It has a message that is loud and clear. How shadoas decision we make is not independent it concerns those who are in our in lives directly or indirectly. The book looks like a mess waiting to happen, but. Sorry if I am unclear. I highly recommend it. Teen and separation difficulties. You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter.

But equally significant was the structural shift—this is a novel in four sections, each of which is fairly self-contained and consists of different characters only Hiroko is constant through the novel, and even she recedes from the foreground over the course of the novel. Iamila found refuge in being Raza Hazara and that was when he felt as he belonged the most. I imagined a Pakistani character whose grandmother had been in Nagasaki when the bomb fell.