- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: John Murray (6 Jan. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1848544170
- ISBN-13: 978-1848544178
- Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Shadow Lines Paperback – 6 Jan 2011
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Stunning . . . amusing, sad, wise (New York Times Book Review)
Ghosh has found his own distinctive voice - polished and profound . . . A compelling novel, wistful in its tone, assured in its achieved vision (Times Literary Supplement)
PRAISE FOR SEA OF POPPIES (-)
'Sea of Poppies Boasts a varied collection of characters to love and hate, and provides wonderfully detailed descriptions of opium production ... utterly involving and piles on tension until the very last page' (Peter Parker, Sunday Times)
'A glorious babel of a novel ... marvellously inventive ... utterly involving ... The next volume cannot come too soon' (Sunday Times)
'An utterly involving book' (Sunday Times)
'This is a panoramic adventure story, with a Dickensian energy and scope' (Sunday Telegraph)
'Ghosh's narrative is enriched with a wealth of historical detail ... as well as intricate characterisation that makes interaction among the diverse group truly absorbing' (The Times)
'There can be fewer more exciting settings for a novel than a sea-tossed sailing ship ... Ghosh piles detail upon detail in a rumbustical adventure' (The Times)
'Ripping post-colonial yarn ... Ghosh spins a fine story with a quite irresistible flow, breathing exuberant life ... an absorbing vision' (Guardian)
'A remarkably rich saga' (Observer)
'Each scene is boldly drawn, but it is the sheer energy and verve of Amitav Ghosh's storytelling that binds this ambitious medley' (Daily Mail)
This is a corker (Spectator)
Ghosh turns the ship into something robustly, bawdily and indelibly real . . . a plot of Dickensian intricacy (New York Times)
'A master of fiction' (Economist)
'A richly drawn cast of characters ... gilded with expertly-mined historical detail' (Sunday Business Post)
'The fantastic Anglo-Asian language they speak is infectious, and the sombre yet uncertain conclusion leaves one eager for the second novel in the trilogy' (Daily Telegraph)
'A captivating cast ... Ghosh's saga is enriched with a blizzard of Laskari- and Hindi-derived words that add irrepressible energy to the narrative' (Metro)
'Beautifully written, this totally absorbing novel will leave you eagerly awaiting a second instalment' (She Magazine)
'...this first volume in a promise trilogy is a gem.' (Guardian)
A haunting novel from the best-selling author of the Ibis trilogy.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
The inner world of the narrator is so pitch perfect it hurts. You can feel him growing, and the people around him too. Each and every personality in it is startlingly realised. The narrative forces its way on, covering a great emotional range. The style is impeccable - restrained, precise and beautiful or harsh and the situation demands.
I suppose that no one reading this review will believe quite how good The Shadow Lines is - and apparently his other books don't quite reach the same standard. This, however, is a great, neglected work of modern literature.
Between all these complex relationship is grandmother, who lives in nostlagia of that enchanted childhood she had in Dhaka before partition. The book moves slowly beautifully and conflict makes the incision at the right points. The complex web of relationships, of love, honour, friendship is cruelly broken when riots break out.
Beautifully written, the book gives a fresh perspective to those who have faced political conflicts
As the novel progresses, more members of the extended family appear and more links are drawn between London and Calcutta. Sometimes it is a bit difficult to follow - there aren't many family members, but somehow I found it difficult to keep track of where they fitted in - a small family tree might have helped.
The style is dreamy, understated and retrospective. It says 'wistful' on the backcover of my copy, so don't expect a lot of action.
Would I recommend it? Yes and no. I was fascinated by the vision of England as created by a young Indian boy in the 1960s, but ultimately it I feel it falls into a 'literary fiction' slot that isn't really my cup of tea. I'm glad that I have read it, but won't be passing it around my friends.
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I haven't had time to read it yet. I have now read a large number of novels by Amitav Ghosh and they never disappoint. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mrs Helen Hacking
Fascinating, but not as rivetting as the Sea of Poppies series.Published 18 months ago by H. Hizzard
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an excellent read ... the fascinating characters really come to life as we journey through their joys and sorrows in this epic tale of fear, flight, love and death - brilliant!Published on 1 Aug. 2014 by Sally N Gardner
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