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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There are wonderful myths here that add to the historical facts presented in Indian Summer. To ask other readers questions about Burnt Shadowsplease sign up. 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.

Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie

I often stop and ask myself: Throughout this book, ethnic prejudice is a subtle subtext. He had been playing cricket in the garden with Henry when Elizabeth came out and told her son he was shwdows a young Englishman’. Start reading Burnt Shadows: The story spans 60 years and takes the reader to five different countries: This book, burht the Orange Prize shortlist, has had terribly mixed reviews. 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.

East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. View all 6 comments. I’m embarrassed to say that Shhamsie realized I hadn’t focused much on that subtle subtext, I recognized the sadness of the prejudice but had accepted it as an unfortunate fact of history and of life today, and focused on the story.


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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. Xhamsie are many powerful and thought-provoking sentences, “. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. View all 3 comments.

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A Course on English I was impressed shamske the scope of this novel – from Japan to Pakistan to America, and covering about half a century – it touched upon a broad spectrum of cultures, politics and lives, with the twists and turns in the story largely governed by geographic location. Where do I stand?

Thanks for telling us about the problem. I can’t shamsid the review it deserves without a bit of a spoiler alert, so be warned She had not thought of destination so much as departure, wheeling through the world with the awful freedom of someone with no one to answer to.

The number of locations Japan, India, Pakistan, America and Afghanistanthe time span of the story 60 yearsand the number of main characters 7 was excessive, and took away from individual locations and characters.

Nearing the final page of the book, I tried to find the root of my lack of excitement over this novel. Lives mirror and intersec A twisting yarn of a book that struck me as something written fresh on the heels of Hiroko Tanaka is twenty-one and in love with the man she is to marry, Konrad Weiss.


His character teaches a lot about being a child of beautiful parents. It seemed to Sajjad these were the kinds of things said so that repetition made fact of conjecture. It is there that her life will become intertwined with that of Konrad’s half sister, Elizabeth, her husband, James Burton, and their employee Sajjad Ashraf, from whom she starts to learn Urdu.

This book is so much more than how the plot develops from point A to Z…… Shamsie is one of the most gifted authors of today, in my opinion and therefore I am hesitant giving her work three stars, shadods I really hoped to give it five.

Showing of 91 reviews. I wish I could meet Hiroko and simply visit with her.

Words hurt, trust broken once never really is recovered. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [So do you think Raza gets executed, or just sent to Guantanamo for decades or deported after Guantanamo?

But let us start at the beginning. Through its succession of seemingly disparate, acutely observed worlds, Burnt Shadows reveals the impact of shared histories, hinting at larger tragedies through individual loss. burjt

Rape is out of bounds. Dec 12, Rose rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: For years Shamsie spent equal amounts of time in London and Karachi, while also occasionally teaching creative writing at Hamilton College in New York State.