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Burnt Shadows - Kamila Shamsie

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August 9th, 1945, Nagasaki. Hiroko Tanaka steps onto her veranda, wrapped in a kimono with three black cranes swooping across the back. She is twenty-one and on the verge of marrying Konrad Weiss.

In a split second, the world turns white. In the numbing aftermath of a bomb that obliterates everything she has known, all that remains are the bird-shaped burns on her back, an indelible reminder of the world she has lost.

Two years later, in search of new beginnings, Hiroko travels to Delhi to find Konrad's relatives and falls in love with their employee, Sajjad Ashraf. As the years unravel, new homes replace those left behind and old wars are seamlessly usurped by new conflicts. But the shadows of history - personal and political - are cast over the entwined worlds of the different families as they are transported from Pakistan to New York, and to Afghanistan in the wake of September 11.

About the Author

Kamila Shamsie was born in 1973 in Karachi. She is the author of four previous novels: In the City by the Sea, Kartography (both shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize), Salt and Saffron and Broken Verses. Three of her novels have received awards from Pakistan's Academy of Letters.

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4.0

Quietly Engagingly Dramatic

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  • Thought Provoking

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    Comments about Burnt Shadows:

    Another Perfect Book!...
    Terrific, highly engaging read, flowing unencumbered writing style, skilfully written and presented.
    Quietly Dramatic, kept me eagerly going back to it from page one all the way to the end.
    On a choice of 1) Recommend 2) Certainly Recommend3) Highly Recommend 4) Absolutely Recommend 5) Do Not Miss Recommend, i would definitely 4)Recommend

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    4.0

    Great read with such passion

    By Admittedtrouble

    from Perth, AU

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    Comments about Burnt Shadows:

    A book starting with Japan in the war, following the life of one individual, Hiroko, and those that take part in her life, this book moves through time and the decades and its atrocities. Touching on so many events known to almost all this book would hit close to home for many. The ending was unsuspected and left me agape...

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    'Completely authentic, complex, breath-stopping' Emma Thompson 'Achingly moving' Independent 'A sweeping narrative with a breath-taking climax' Guardian 'Intensely charged with emotion and beauty ... Has such a sad story ever been told so beautifully? A formidable arching tale about loss and foreignness' Financial Times

    ISBN: 9781408800874
    ISBN-10: 140880087X
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 367
    Published: 1st February 2010
    Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 2.3
    Weight (kg): 0.503