Friday, June 26, 2009
FROM ANOTHER POINT OF VIEW
Spanning the years between 1945 – 2001 and the period between two disastrous bombings, this is a story of two families and their place in a tumultuous world. After losing her fiancé in
the Hiroshima bombing a scared Hiroko travels to to meet his half-sister, Ilse and consequently begins a relationship that lasts the rest of their lives. Told by Pakistani author Kamila Shamsie, Burnt Shadows takes the reader on a journey not only through history but different cultures and world views as well. After marring a Muslim employee of her hosts, Hiroko and her new husband are forced to relocate to Delhi, India after the partition to establish a life and raise a son. Tragedy again causes her to relocate this time to Pakistan where she moves in with Ilse and her daughter as their lives continue to be intertwined. An interesting and provoking read for a summer afternoon, this title would also make a good book group selection.