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View all 12 comments. From Nagasaki where she is scared mentally and physically, to Delhi where she runs with her new husband from the violence that surrounds the retreat of England, to the rise of the Taliban in Pakistan where she almost looses her son, to her retirement in New York city inwhere she lives with a dear old friend.

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I would not necessarily make the same choices but I do understand their choices. She was offended, he knew, but what could he do about it? I expected to be engaged by the narrative exposition — looking forward to discover irony, ahadows meanings, etc. Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie 1 19 Feb 29, It lends an epic scope to the narrative. The second part moves to Pakistan in the early s and the backdrop is the struggle against the Soviets in Afghanistan.

Hiroko is the one character that is present throughout the book and helps thread the book themes together. When I shared the opening themes of the book with my brother, who lives in Japan I will spare readers of this review a lengthy account of all the many borders this kamlla crossed into my own lifesshadows, referring to the bombing of Nagasaki art is essential to capture such feelingsand here is art at its most essential, making a kind of sense of the world that has been coming into being since from the perspective of kamilq one character, with fatal disdain, calls ordinary, little-picture moralitythe spider’s eye view, people and their relationships They fall in love and marry; partition taking them from Dehli to Karachi.


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What’s shamssie Name o I actually enjoyed reading it, and I would recommend it to others. Her books have been translated into a number of languages. Not a conscious decision at all—at least, not prior to starting the novel. It is the confidence in the author’s own beliefs, her need to send a message, that put me off.

For me, the Kite Runner is more straight-forwardly depressing. February Burnt Shadows. It is precisely the story of a woman who leaves Japan shadkws hope of a better world trying to out run her past, the story is 55 years of her life from there on.

Dec 12, Rose rated it it was amazing Recommends it kmaila There are wonderful myths here that add to the historical facts presented in Indian Summer.

We can find comfort and home in most unlikely places and among most unlikely people.

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It seemed the most extraordinary privilege — to have forewarning of a swerve in history, to prepare for how your life would curve around that bend. Penny de Vries I think he disappears from public view, the CIA take him on and he is forced to become a double agent lest his family is harmed.

I particularly like this book for two reasons The first is the strength with which the reader feels for the central characters. This book is just so well written–I can’t get over it. Lives mirror and intersec A twisting yarn of a book that struck me as something written fresh on the heels of Can’t women travel alone in India?


Then I swept through the internet, and later through the library at Hamilton College where I was teaching during part of the writing of the novel searching out anything I could find about Nagasaki before the bomb and on the day of the bomb. It has made a deep impact on me, with emotions ranging from tears and sorrow to anger.

It has definitely been helpful to read Indian Summer: View all 8 comments. We are no longer just concerned with nationalities, but with ethnicities, with religion, with the divergence of groups within groups and individuals whose particular choices can affect all those around them.

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Not everyone is like us. Quotes from Burnt Shadows.

Henry had scowled, and backed up towards Sajjad. It wasn’t always pleasant to read, but it was educational. Frequently, in 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 kamula heedlessly transgressed Language lessons and translation are the ropes, ladders, hooks, bridges of the story.

He had been playing cricket in the garden with Henry when Elizabeth came out and told her son he was ‘such a young Englishman’. Here is how to write a novel with emotional truth: