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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But their romance is curtailed by the flash of light that renders Konrad a shadow on stone and burns the birds on Hiroko’s kimono into her back, a fusion of “charred silk, seared flesh”. Shadiws more Read less. Throughout India’s history conquerors have come from elsewhere, and all of them – Turk, Arab, Hun, Mongol, Persian – have become Indian. Another thing I felt cheated by is that we are ahamsie time and time again that Hiroko and Raza are fascinated by language, yet that is not reflected into the work itself.

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Somehow the story and the telling of it felt as if the novel lacked much of that. No, the bomb changes things, but we are now at the heart of those who suffered through it.

The first is in the s; in Hiroko Tanaka has become engaged to Konrad Weiss, a German living, like her in Nagasaki. Shamsie is the daughter shdows literary critic and writer Muneeza Shamsiethe niece of celebrated Indian novelist Attia Hosainand the granddaughter of the memoirist Begum Jahanara Habibullah.

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I would have liked to read more on Hiroko than Afghanistan. In Karachi, the saga of the Weiss-Burtons and Tanaka-Ashrafs shifts to Hiroko and Sajjad’s son Raza, a linguist given to impersonating Afghan refugees from the Soviet invasion ofand James and Ilse’s son Henry, a Kipling-like figure mourning a lost Indian childhood his daughter is named Kim.


For me, the Kite Runner is more straight-forwardly depressing. Many hefty books would benefit from being shorter. It is not a spoiler. The scope of this novel is huge. For years Shamsie spent equal amounts of time in London kamia Karachi, while also occasionally teaching creative writing at Hamilton College in Sshamsie York State. The final section’s title, “The Speed Necessary to Replace Loss”, is taken from The English Patient, a guiding spirit, though this novel begins where Michael Ondaatje’s ends, with a mushroom cloud over Asia.

This book definitely deserves five stars and I would highly recommend it. Moreover, his ability to converse in many languages makes him all too unforgettable.

And descriptions of how the smell of burning lasted and lasted. Start reading Burnt Shadows: 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. Lives mirror and intersect, and Shamsie makes some important observations about class and racial tension.

Hiroko Tanaka steps out onto her veranda, taking in the view of the terraced slopes leading up to the sky. Yet the couple grow closer as partition sunders Sajjad from Delhi as shockingly as Nagasaki was lost to Hiroko.

Hiroko turned to her, face bright with anger. Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie is an ambitious epic book that grabs you in the prologue, as an unnamed narrator is disrobed and left to wait naked with only a steel bench to sit on. In fact, it was quite miraculous how everything came together.

One of the reasons i liked it so much that it had a lot of history relating to our region. English Choose a language for shopping.

The atomic bomb and experiences there of, are a bit shallow but one seldom reads social emotional scars of the bomb.

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. This website uses cookies to improve user experience. There are many subjects interwoven into the narrative; those of war, terrorism and prejudice. What was beautiful, soothing, redemptive to me in this story, was the view from elsewhere, from Hiroko and her birds, from Konrad and his optimism, from Sajjad and his family, from Raza and his friends.


The characters are well drawn and believable. Future Home of the Living God: I feel I know these people. With Partition between India and Pakistan looming, the Burtons return to England, where their son Henry is in boarding school.

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It seemed to Sajjad these were the kinds of things said so that repetition made fact of conjecture. Three or four stars? She knows exactly where she stands. The disease always happens somewhere else. She understands a great deal about the ways in which the world’s many shadoas 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 could tell more or less what was going to happen, in which direction the scenes were developing. The writing is quite beautiful – some of the imagery will really stay with me, but it really doesn’t spoil the narative, quite the opposite.

Published April 28th by Bond Street Books first published We are all shadpws living in Asia, most of us have lived in several countries, and most of us had had cross-cultural relationships. I don’t understand how you cannot like this book. This is particularly true of Hiroko and Sajjad.