A stunning first novel, set during the violent 1947 partition of India, about uprooted children and their journeys to safety
As India is rent into two nations, communal violence breaks out on both sides of the new border and streaming hordes of refugees flee from blood and chaos.
At an overrun train station, Shankar and Keshav, twin Hindu boys, lose sight of their mother...more
Popular Answered Questions
• While I have read several books about the “partition” between Pakistan and India – they are usually written from the pov of one of the sides – Partitions is not written to favor a side and that is what made the storyline unique
• The author’s skill as a poet shows as the writing is beautiful and fl ...more
“Whose side is it written from?” he asks me.
“The author is really presenting both sides, but the narrator is a dead Brahmin Hindu,” I say, and get no further. The entire table wants to talk about the dead narrator.
So I will begin by telling you that the narrator is dead. However, this work ...more
In 1947, the border between Pakistan and India was closed. It was not a peaceful closing. ...more
One of the most humane stories I have read in a while. Seperated from loved ones in a time of great conflict and mistrust, this is a story of how 4 strangers make a family. Using the central characters of the story, the author talks about the birth of 2 mighty nations, the bloodshed and grief that came in its wake, uprooted people turning savage from loss and suffering and of those brave survivors who made it home. Even while avoiding the usual gory bits involved with ...more
By Amit Majmudar
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
Published In: New York City, NY, USA
REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
It’s 1947 and British India is rending itself into two nations in the beginning of its postcolonial future: Pakistan, India. Communal violence breaks out as refugees move to their side of the raw border amidst fire and death. And a small set of characters face a race against time, a dance against the rushing tide of history, to find a place, a safe place ...more
If you have read anything about the Partition of India you know that it was brought about by the dividing up of India into a couple nations. The Britis ...more
In the new state of Pakistan, Shankar and Keshav, six year old twins, lose sight of their mother at an overrun train station and set off on foot in se ...more
WIthout dwelling on the death trains, which are certainly a character in this story, the characters evade this fate, as many others would have in reality whilst retracing the steps that led to their being left off the trains.
Every side had a story that still forms millions of family histories, and Majmudar weaves the human interconnectedness through a period w ...more