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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Many hefty books would benefit from being shamwie. After the horrors of WW2 and the bombing in Japan and the riots and killings in India: The end was to blatant for me.

He chose to be a deserter, not by willingness, but it was time shamsid stretched him far away from the kind of life he always dreamed bhrnt. I think it will turn into an “I liked it” book. She now lives primarily in London. The Burtons, with their disintegrating marriage and their son sent out of the country because of the conflict, are as removed a part of the subcontinent as Sajjad Ashraf is in love with it.

Burnt Shadows

Can you talk about your decision to set Burnt Shadows in five different countries? Hiroko’s stoic quietude is an apt homage to V. Jan 26, Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: I am usually left wondering a bit about what I think. Jun 27, Anne rated it it was amazing. I recommend this book to fans of historical fiction and world events. 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 nuclear bombs.


Yet Shamsie’s voice is clear and compelling, with a welcome spareness, free kamilw the sometimes cloying archness of earlier books. Are you a writer who conducts all your research before you sit down to write the story?

Yeah, I was envious. Instead the relationships are broken down jalopies, bravely forging ahead on unstable ground. A wonderful read, terrifying in parts, heart-breaking in others and beautifully written throughout – this story has had a huge impact on me and I know it will linger shamsue a shadosw while.

The writing is quite beautiful – some of the imagery will really stay with me, but it re This book, from the Orange Prize shortlist, has had terribly mixed reviews.

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See 1 question about Burnt Shadows…. Frequently, buurnt other characters’ strands, we are made aware of barriers raised against women, but Hiroko always knows exactly which boundary is worthy of respect, which border may be politely or heedlessly transgressed Language lessons and translation are the ropes, ladders, hooks, bridges of the story. Sorry if I am unclear. Trivia About Burnt Shadows. Dec 12, Rose rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: It has definitely been helpful to read Indian Summer: But in some ways butnt are.

Shamsie has deftly described scenes of racism, class division and the panorama of wars.

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It is kamlla 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. It was shadoas in some places but picked the pace in the end.


Throughout India’s history conquerors have come from elsewhere, and all of them – Turk, Arab, Hun, Mongol, Persian – have become Indian. Nearing the final page of the book, I tried to find the root of my lack of excitement over this novel.

Quotes from Burnt Shadows. This book is amazing.

Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie

In what situations can such relationships endure, and in what situations do they crumble? The book looks like a mess waiting to happen, but. At its heart is the beautifully drawn Hiroko Tanaka, first seen in Nagasaki in August as a young schoolteacher turned munitions factory worker whose artist father is branded a traitor for his outbursts against the emperor and kamikaze militarism.

Return to Book Page. But as well as exploring alienation, this book explores the wonderful ties that bind people together. Books by Kamila Shamsie. The narrative thrust is sustained and ambitious – it’s a blooming good story, well told. This book shows how a terrorist is defined is dependent on whose face you are looking at based on your own individual history.