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Burnt Shadows

A Novel

By Kamila Shamsie

Burnt Shadows
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  • Paperback: Apr 2009,
    384 pages.

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An epic narrative of disasters eluded and confronted, loyalties offered and repaid, and loves rewarded and betrayed. Paperback Original

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From the very first page until the days following 9/11, Kamila Shamsie guides us through the impact of sixty years of world history, using the story of two ethnically different but interlaced families (Beatrice D). The ever deepening connections and relationships between the families, and the stories that are joined together, create an amazingly intricate story of cultural differences both understood and misunderstood, the love that transcends the differences and even celebrates them (Jan B).  Shamsie effectively keeps a storyline going through the book bringing the horror of the bombing of Nagasaki into juxtaposition with the modern day terrorist attacks. It is a unique perspective and a unique book. The storylines are fully developed so that no matter where in the world...

Additional Information: Bird-shaped burns?
In the opening pages of Burnt Shadows Hiroko Tanaka survives the bombing of Hiroshima but is left with bird-shaped burns on her back from where her patterned kimono variously reflected and absorbed the light from the uranium bomb -- causing the areas covered by dark fabric to be burned and the areas covered in lighter colors to repel the heat.  Could this really happen?  Absolutely it could - as can be seen on this page.  More about the back-story to Burnt Shadows at BookBrowse.

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