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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When worlds collide

Hiroko Tanaka steps out onto her veranda, taking in the view of the terraced slopes leading up to the sky. So many interesting thoughts — how people like constancy, how it feels to settle and never really fit into a new country, the ties of family.

But they were both aware that this would not have happened if Hiroko hadn’t been there, disrupting all hierarchies.

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This book is much more thoughtful and introspective. But it failed to ‘wow’ me All in all I found this book both moving and gripping. A similar logic informs a chilling conversation about interrogation techniques.

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. For Raza Konrad Ashraf, the narration had a touch of belonging and for him, life was but a series of throwing caution to the wind.


Where do I stand? Want to Read saving…. Sep 12, Anum Shaharyar rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is my fantasy, an effortless learning whereby new languages simply fall into your lap, and you are able to take off to new lands or explore new cultures, with a vast chunk of you being already at home in these new places.

But what is the outcome for the people who have suffered at the hands of their invaders? Her books have been translated into a number of languages. I particularly like this book for two reasons The first is the strength with which the reader feels for the central characters. Having said that, most of the people in this book were beautifully evoked, their characters drawn with exquisite sensitivity, often via dialogue.

Because this book was recommended to me for my fondness for The Far Pavilions, I expected a grand, sweeping love story.

It is not that a disagree with that message, just that I prefer thinking through these things on my own. His character teaches a shadowss about being a child of beautiful parents. Somehow the story and the telling of it felt as if the novel lacked much of that. He recalled it very well, the day her opposition to the budnt of boarding school ended.

He had been playing cricket in the garden with Henry when Elizabeth came out and told her son he was ‘such a young Englishman’. But history has other plans, and Hiroko whose language skills has her working for the Americans during the occupation.


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Dec 12, Rose rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The writer depicts certain events with so much conviction that u feel the pain and desperation and helplessness of people. But shmasie helped me start sgadows visualise details such as clothing, interiors, details of wartime living. Jan 26, Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: I’d highly recommend this novel.

Lives mirror and intersec A twisting yarn birnt a book that struck me as something written fresh on the heels of I also liked the fact that I learnt a lot from this book. She has a confident, directly articulate voice that rings true on paper and in person. Hardcoverpages.

This book is literary fiction at its finest, not too pretentious or long to bore the reader, and not too glib or arrogant to put one off. There are wonderful myths here that add to the historical facts presented in Indian Summer. In a split second, the world turns white.

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