Read the reviews This review is available to non-members for a limited time. For full access, become a member today. Media Reviews The Guardian - Maya Jaggi Any reader anticipating a predictable yarn about the radicalisation of Islamist youth may feel cheated. Far more, I suspect, will feel challenged and enlightened, possibly provoked, and undoubtedly enriched. She over-reaches, but the book deserves to be read.
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Read the reviews This review is available to non-members for a limited time. For full access, become a member today. Media Reviews The Guardian - Maya Jaggi Any reader anticipating a predictable yarn about the radicalisation of Islamist youth may feel cheated. Far more, I suspect, will feel challenged and enlightened, possibly provoked, and undoubtedly enriched.
She over-reaches, but the book deserves to be read. The Financial Times - Angel Gurria-Quintana Some novels are so intensely charged with emotion and beauty that the reader, emerging reluctantly from the last pages, feels flayed — as if a layer of skin has been delicately stripped off. Her achievement is tremendous. In Hiroko, she has created just such a character. They remain true to the message Shamsie conveys — of the common humanity of our interwoven lives.
But the pace compresses them. The Scotsman - Tom Adair All fiction is travel. Kamila Shamsie transports you instantly, dramatically, often brilliantly. Publishers Weekly Starred Review. Library Journal An engrossing story of resilience and humanity in the face of crushing tragedy Kirkus Reviews With a rare combination of skill and sensitivity, Shamsie generates pathos for outsiders and the displaced.
The intimate tone and detailed, almost painterly descriptions of the first sections are missed in the second half, where a decade might pass between chapters. Anita Desai Burnt Shadows is audacious in its ambition, epic in its scope. One can only admire the huge advances she has made, and helped us to make, in understanding the new global tensions.
Mohsin Hamid The most ambitious novel yet by this talented writer. In Burnt Shadows, Kamila Samsie casts her imagination remarkably far and wide, through time and across continents. Nadeem Aslam, author of Maps for Lost Lovers Kamila Shamsie opens a vista onto the century we have just lived through--pointing out its terror and its solace.
Salman Rushdie Kamila Shamsie is a writer of immense ambition and strength. Burnt Shadows is an absorbing novel that commands, in the reader, a powerful emotional and intellectual response. This is a sad, moving, intense, sweeping novel, with themes of connection and loss, trust and treason. Read More Erica Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie Shamsie effectively kept a story line going through the book bringing the horror of the bombing of Nagasaki into juxtaposition with the modern day terrorist attacks.
It was a unique perspective - and a unique book. The characters were well-developed Read More Mary Riveting! I thought the book was phenomenal - beautifully written, fast paced and most of the time a real page turner.
When worlds collide
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? 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 in , to Pakistan in the early s, New York in the aftermath of 11 September and Afghanistan in the wake of the ensuing US bombing campaign. At its heart is the beautifully drawn Hiroko Tanaka, first seen in Nagasaki in August as a young schoolteacher turned munitions factory worker whose artist father is branded a traitor for his outbursts against the emperor and kamikaze militarism. She falls in love with a lanky, russet-haired idealist from Berlin, Konrad Weiss, with whom she shares - along with other key characters - a love of languages. Her hosts discourage their romance "His world is so alien to yours" , even misinterpreting a moment of tenderness as one of predation by Sajjad.