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In Burnt Shadows, Kamila Samsie casts her imagination remarkably far and wide, through time and across . Kamila Shamsie is a writer of immense ambition and strength.
In Burnt Shadows, Kamila Samsie casts her imagination remarkably far and wide, through time and across continents. 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 is an absorbing novel that commands, in the reader, a powerful emotional and intellectual response.
The huge ambition of Kamila Shamsie's fifth novel is announced in the prologue. As an unnamed captive is unshackled and stripped naked in readiness for the anonymity of an orange jumpsuit, he wonders: "How did it come to this?" The vastness of the question as applied to a prisoner in Guantánamo is a challenge to which this epic yet skilfully controlled novel rises in oblique and unexpected ways.
Burnt Shadows - a book you shouldn't miss Kamila Shamsie has written an incredible book in Burnt Shadows. Beginning just before the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki and leaving you (I didn't feel that it ended because this is a book that stays with you) in the aftermath of 9-11, she. A Great Book Club Read I will recommend this book to my book club which read The Kite Runner last year. This is a sad, moving, intense, sweeping novel, with themes of connection and loss, trust and treason. The author's vivid descriptions carried me to Nagasaki, India,.
But Kamila Shamsie, who in Burnt Shadows does this so superbly, has done so much more.
A novel which seeks to encompass the dropping of the atomic bomb, the end of empire, partition, class, the cold war, the CIA supporting the mujahedeen, 9/11, the Taliban, Guantanamo Bay, terrorism, the fear of terrorism and the war in Afghanistan sets its sights high. The themes are no less impressive love, family, trust and betrayal, friendship, religion and a clash of cultures. But Kamila Shamsie, who in Burnt Shadows does this so superbly, has done so much more.
Kamila Shamsie (born 13 August 1973) is a British Pakistani writer and novelist who is known for her award-winning novel Home Fire. Shamsie was born into a well-to-do family of intellectuals in Pakistan
Kamila Shamsie (born 13 August 1973) is a British Pakistani writer and novelist who is known for her award-winning novel Home Fire. Shamsie was born into a well-to-do family of intellectuals in Pakistan. She was brought up in Karachi where she attended Karachi Grammar School.
Kamila Shamsie's Burnt Shadows is a story for our time by "a writer of. .Rick Simonson, Elliot Bay Book Company
Kamila Shamsie's Burnt Shadows is a story for our time by "a writer of immense ambition and strength. This is an absorbing novel that commands in the reader a powerful emotional and intellectual response" (Salman Rushdie). Connect with the author. Rick Simonson, Elliot Bay Book Company. Kamila Shamsie opens a vista onto the century we have just lived through-pointing out its terror and its solace.
Now it was clear: the buildings were too squat, their minarets too narrow. The Bosporus itself was a strait, not a river; it should have been a river. could a nation choose to discard the grace of Arabic lettering (generations of Ashraf calligraphers wept in their graves at the thought). No, nothing here conformed to his aesthetic; even the crumbling decay of this once grand city did not have the right tempo, the right texture, the right quality of sighing. It was all his fault they were here.
But Kamila Shamsie has thrown caution wildly to the wind
But Kamila Shamsie has thrown caution wildly to the wind. Burnt Shadows is a giant of novel, striding purposefully across Japan, India, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan and America. So has Shamsie managed to release the post-9/11 novel from its self-imposed small canvas? Burnt Shadows opens as an unnamed man stands naked, waiting to be given the orange jumpsuit that will mark him as an inmate at Guantanamo. Immediately we soar back to Japan, August 1945, and the Nagasaki bomb.
Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book AwardAn Orange Prize FinalistNagasaki, August 9, 1945. Hiroko Tanaka watches her lover from the veranda as he leaves. Sunlight streams across Urakami Valley, and then the world goes white.
In the devastating aftermath of the atomic bomb, Hiroko leaves Japan in search of new beginnings. From Delhi, amid India's cry for independence from British colonial rule, to New York City in the immediate wake of 9/11, to the novel's astonishing climax in Afghanistan, a violent history casts its shadow the entire world over. Sweeping in its scope and mesmerizing in its evocation of time and place, this is a tale of love and war, of three generations, and three world-changing historic events. Kamila Shamsie's Burnt Shadows is a story for our time by "a writer of immense ambition and strength. . . . This is an absorbing novel that commands in the reader a powerful emotional and intellectual response" (Salman Rushdie).
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