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One of this year's great reads,
This review is from: Burnt Shadows (Paperback)
I was bowled over by this book, beautifully written from page 1, it was quite simply, wonderful. I can also add that, having just returned from discussing the book at a book group - all 8 of us were unanimous in our praise.
It has a huge canvas - from Nagasaki in 1945, through Partition in India, the 9/11 bombing and war in Afghanistan. Along the way it covers a multitude of subjects. These include the long term effects of radiation damage, training camps for the Muhajideen and the suspicions that fell on Muslim citizens in the US after the Twin Towers were attacked.
The characters were well drawn and very cleverly interwoven through several generations and across three continents.
I can see why some reviewers felt it attempted too much, the second half is pretty eventful. However, for me, the sheer joy of the beautiful language and (not excessive) descriptions, held me transfixed.
Very highly recommended - this could be my favourite book this year!
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Initial post: 27 Feb 2011 15:25:28 GMT
I totally agree with every word you say about this book, it is one of the best i have ever read, not always a comfortable read but it certainly made me think.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2011 20:42:58 GMT
Thankyou for your kind comments.
Glad you enjoyed the book.
This year's favourite was Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa - might interest you?
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