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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This website uses cookies to improve user experience. How did it come to this? Anita Desai’s influence is also palpable, in a pre-partition Old Delhi steeped in Urdu poetry. With Partition between India and Pakistan looming, the Burtons return to England, where their son Henry is in boarding school. Both are looking forward to the end of the war so that life gets back to normal and they can be wed. The way that Shamsie deals with trauma, hatred, and racism throughout the novel are astonishing.

It’s not that I sensed the plot elements lacked credibility, or that these characters’ coming together, drawing apart, only to be united again, seemed too farfetched to bear a resemblance to reality. She now lives primarily in London. The novel is broken up into three sections. At the outset, I was determined to enjoy this book to share the pleasure with my friend, but as I progressed I could observe why she ranked it so extremely well. It was a gift for me because it has given me much food for thought.

James Burton tells Hiroko it’s not necessary for her to learn Urdu. How challenging is it to write a novel set in the past, and capture all the details without ever having been there? Wrapped in a shadowx with three shadoww cranes swooping across the back, she is twenty-one, in love with the man she is to marry, Konrad Weiss. What’s the Name o I recommend this book to fans of historical fiction and world events.

See 1 question about Burnt Shadows…. She saw her words filtering into his thoughts and becoming part of the way he saw the world. There’s no shame in putting all the weight in the world on that.


Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I love the character development, the complex plot lines, the rich descriptive scenes she creates.

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She also sits on the advisory board of the Index on Censorship. Despite the complexity of their heritage and their “inside” knowledge of history’s details, they come off as somewhat naive in an insular sort of way, which they clearly weren’t and that did not convince me, given their background.

Share your thoughts with other customers. But when the English leave, they’ll be going home. I found Burnt Shadows to be an amalgamation of characters connected through a dead link that was Konrad Weiss. This book was an Orange Prize finalist. Nearing the final page of the book, I tried to find the root of my lack of excitement over this novel.

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The kind of book you tell your best friend to read so you can discuss it together, going over all the finer points. That second aspect however wasn’t taking me anywhere. I actually enjoyed reading it, and I would recommend it to others. Not everyone is like us. There she walks into the lives of Konrad’s half-sister, Elizabeth, her husband James Burton, and their employee Sajjad Ashraf, from whom she starts to learn Urdu.

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. She understands a great deal about the ways in which the world’s many tragedies and histories shape one another, and about how human beings can try to avoid being crushed by their fate and can discover their humanity, even in the fiercest combat zones of the age.

I spoke with Kamila recently about this compelling, eye-opening novel, and her decisions to set the book in several very different countries. Food for thought Regarding Nagasaki: View all 15 comments. My reasons are as follows: It all starts in the morning of August 9, before the bomb was dropped on Nagasaki and we are introduced to schoolteacher, Hiroko Tanaka and a man from Berlin, Konrad Weiss.


Unfolding in four sections, the novel traces the shared histories of two families, from the final days of the second world war in Japan, and India on the brink of partition into Pakistan in the early s, New York in the aftermath of 11 September and Afghanistan in the wake of the ensuing US bombing campaign.

shdaows Explore the Home Gift Guide. In this instance, we know the bomb is going to fall, but what is more interesting is the xenophobia, the patriotism, the secrecy and the betrayals. That’s why Nagasaki was such a monstrous crime?

Burnt Snadows is a complex novel that begins with Hiroko, a young Japanese woman who finds herself in the midst of the atomic bomb of Nagasaki. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

Sjadows willingness, or otherwise, to hear and understand and learn another’s language, or to teach, signals the direction of a story, an emotion. Shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction The advantage of a book like this is that a lot happens, and therefore the pace is rarely compromised; however for me, it’s more important to share the joy and the pain of the characters, and mourn for their loss when they are gone, than to see a lot of different things happen.

Mar 24, Chrissie rated it liked it Shelves: Sep 28, Ruby rated it it was amazing. Kamila Shamsie’s subject is brilliantly timely in our era or ‘globalization’–at the same time a riveting family saga in which the very concept ‘family’ is ambitiously and imaginatively examined. There is so much that happens in this book, Shamsir really can’t even begin to summarize the plot further than that.