Summary and reviews of Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie, plus links to a book excerpt from Burnt Shadows and author biography of Kamila Shamsie. Kamila Shamsie is the author of four novels, including Kartography and Broken Verses. Her most recent novel, Burnt Shadows, was shortlisted for the. Burnt Shadows: A Novel [Kamila Shamsie] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award An Orange Prize.

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View all 6 comments. I would have liked to read more on Hiroko than Afghanistan. For all their noble feelings, their kind gestures, and their good intentions, the English and USians in this novel are treacherous, and these portrayals, especially, to me, of the Burtons, rang absolutely true.

Meanwhile, Hiroko only teaches Sajjad expressions of love in Japanese, Raza enters Iran and translates flirtatious questions of the man driving him to a carful of women into Farsi, having learned it while working in Dubai. The story spans 60 years and takes the reader to five different countries: February Burnt Shadows.

You experienced the characters as they grew and changed.

There are minor flaws in plotting, and occasional excesses – gorilla suits as modes of escape, or soft toys sentimentalised as road kill to make a point. I also liked the fact that I learnt a lot from this book. But let us start at the beginning. It is beautifully told and poignant. With Partition between India and Pakistan shadow, the Burtons return to England, where their son Henry is in boarding school. It seemed to Sajjad these were the kinds of things said so that repetition made fact of conjecture.

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East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. I expected shadlws be engaged by the narrative exposition ā€” looking forward to discover irony, doubl I actually enjoyed reading it, and I would recommend it to others.

It’s why you fight more wars than anyone else; because you understand war least of all.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. How challenging is it to write a novel set in the past, and capture all the details without ever having been there?

The characters are well drawn and believable. What about a happy ending, with all resolved? Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. They fall in love and marry; partition taking them from Dehli to Karachi. Burnt Shadows – October- November Future Home of the Living God: There sjamsie no overcoming, just a bitter fading of it and an ever pronounceable taste that can surface anytime.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. This has quickly become one of my favourite books of all time.

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 bunt equals–those actions have far-reaching, inhumane, humiliating consequences. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? This book is so much more than how the plot develops from point A to Zā€¦ā€¦ I don’t and rarely ever do.

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I don’t understand how you cannot like this book. A Novel on your Kindle in under a minute. In search of new beginnings, she travels to Delhi two years later.

Pakistan – Nile daughter recommends “Burnt Shadows” 1 12 Oct 19, I actually enjoyed reading it, and I would recommend it to others. It was luck, pure luck, that we discovered after marriage that our natures were so sympathetic to each other. Shamsie has deftly described scenes of racism, class division and the panorama of wars.


Great book to remind ourselves that we all are humans and all exploring how to be happy with the life we have and failing or winning for a bit and then failing again. One can easily find that elsewhere. Dec 12, Rose rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: But pivotal to the novel’s final betrayals, guilt and loss is a conversation fraught with suspicion bugnt misunderstanding between Kim and Abdullah.

It has definitely been helpful to read Indian Summer: The kind of book you tell your best friend to read shamsiw you can discuss it together, going over all the finer points. She also sits on the advisory board of the Index on Censorship. This may just be further evidence of my lack of reflection about how the writing happens.

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Preview ā€” Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie. 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. Ultimately, what was most interesting to me was the cultural soup of Japanese, German, British, Indian, Pakistani, and Americans that flavored the novel.

I feel I know these people. Start bkrnt Burnt Shadows: But history has other plans, and Hiroko whose language skills has her working for the Shamsje during the occupation. Do read the book!