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The Shadow Lines

Publisher: John Murray
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Book Summary of The Shadow Lines

A wide-eyed boy growing up in suburban Calcutta in the 1960s experiences the world through the eyes of others - an intoxicating older cousin, a grandmother who weaves stories from the past and a family in London whose lives are intertwined with his.

When a seemingly random act of violence threatens his vision of the world, he begins piecing together events for himself, and in the process unravels secrets with devastating consequences. Set in Calcutta and London and spanning generations from the outbreak of the Second World War to the late twentieth century, The Shadow Lines is a haunting novel from one of the world's greatest writers.

About The Author
Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956 and grew up in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India. He studied at the universities of Delhi and Oxford and has taught at a number of institutions, most recently Harvard, and written for many publications. He is the author of several novels including the bestselling Sea of Poppies which was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2008. He currently divides his time between Calcutta, Goa and Brooklyn.

Details of Book: The Shadow Lines (BSID:26649)

Book The Shadow Lines
Author Amitav Ghosh
ISBN 1848544170
ISBN-13 9781848544178, 978-1848544178
Binding Paperback
Publisher John Murray
Publishing Date 11/01/2011
Number of Pages 320
Language English
Dimensions 7.8 x 5.12 x 0.83 inches
Weight 210 grams

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Rose July 30, 2008 review from Goodreads

UGH. I'm so annoyed at this book.It's really got some illustrative descriptions of the Subcontinent. The dialogue syntax is weird, but kind of neat - there are no quotation marks. And the story isn't really anything close to linear. But even though it's got this weird layout, I've found myself go...

Sam December 25, 2011 review from Goodreads

This was an amazing book that left me blown away by the beautiful vivid storytelling, the insightful analytical commentary and the thought provoking message of the book. The book collapses time and space, placing events from different times and places next to each other. The narrator goes from hi...

Julie at All Ears April 20, 2011 review from Goodreads

Last night I was watching an episode of Lost, and as usual with this TV series, I was confused about what was going on. Is this the past? the future? reality or a flashback? And all of a sudden I realized that I have the same muddled confusion over this book. The story is about a Bengali boy and...

Mireille June 09, 2009 review from Goodreads

It would not be enough to say we were afraid: we were stupefied with fear.That particular fear has a texture you can neither forget nor describe. It is like the fear of the victims of an earthquake, of people who have lost faith in the stillness of the earth. And yet it is not the same. It is wit...

Pratik May 26, 2012 review from Goodreads

This is my first ever book by Amitav Ghosh and I must admit that he is really an exemplary storyteller. The language he used in his writing is so intriguing that you are almost lost in your imagination of the story. This book does not have a single story but many strung together by the threads of...


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