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The Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh
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Mar 30, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, india, bangladesh, england
Read in March, 2010

This is a book about people and places and the connections between them. For me, the most poignant parts of the book are the times when the narrator contemplates the meaning of maps and borders, or the difficulty of rendering meaning to violence with language. There are love stories in the book, and sex, and politics. A moving read, if not a happy one.

This is a book that you will want to read in one sitting. I didn't, but I wish that I had. The book follows the memories of the narrator, and like memories, does not follow a linear narrative. This pulls you into the story, but also means that if you put the book down and come back to it you may not remember whether the events being described are happening in the present or in the past.
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Katy Anderson Love your review of The Shadow Lines. Would you be interested in putting a question about the book to the author Amitav Ghosh at a recording of the BBC World Book Club on the World Service. If you emailed it to me katy.anderson@bbc.co.uk we will read it out next week at our recording or even ask you to record it for us on the telephone. Many thanks and look forward to hearing from you.


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