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The Shadow Lines, an award-winning novel by Amitav Ghosh, weaves an intricate web of timelines, memories, and experiences, scrutinizing the lines that draw people together and keep them apart as well.
Summary Of The Book
The Shadow Lines presents a rich tapestry of plots and characters to trace several decades of events from the perspective of the anonymous narrator of the book. It follows the life of the protagonist and narrator, a young boy hailing from a middle class background, and dissects as many as seventy years of his life, traversing back and forth between the cities of Calcutta, Dhaka, and London.
The author introduces a host of interesting characters, such as the narrator’s knowledgeable uncle, Tridib. He highlights the narrator’s sexual attraction to his cousin, Ila. The bond between the narrator’s family and the London-based Price family is also emphasized. The narrator’s grandmother, Tha’mma, who has emerged from a dreadful past plays a crucial role as the plot progresses.
The narrative is set against the backdrop of several historical events such as the Second World War, the Swadeshi Movement, the Partition of India, and the communal riots that hit Calcutta and Dhaka in 1963-1964. It demonstrates the far reaching impact of political events on private lives.
The plot is built on a multitude of perspectives, demonstrating how the same experience can have innumerable shades based on the diversity of the perspectives involved.
The Shadow Lines was first published in 1988 by Ravi Dayal Publishers. It received high critical acclaim and won the author the Sahitya Akademi award as well as the Ananda Puraskar.This particular edition of the book is a 2009 reprint by Penguin.
About Amitav Ghosh
Amitav Ghosh is an Indian author.
He writes fiction as well as non-fiction. He has written books like The Imam And The Indian, Sea Of Poppies, The Hungry Tide, The Calcutta Chromosome, In An Antique Land, The Glass Palace, Countdown, and The Circle Of Reason.
His writing belongs to the historical fiction genre.
Amitav Ghosh was born on July 11, 1956, in Calcutta (now Kolkata), West Bengal, India. He attended the Doon School and then St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University. He went on to study at the Delhi School of Economics. He also has a D.Phil in social anthropology from St. Edmund Hall, Oxford. He has several years of teaching experience behind him. Ghosh’s literary work has won him various awards, including the Padma Shri, the Prix Médicis étranger, the Sahitya Akademi Award, and the Ananda Puraskar. He is married to Deborah Baker and the couple has two children, Nayan and Lila. He lives in New York with his family.
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Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta 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. River of Smoke is the second in the Ibis trilogy, which was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize and The Hindu Lit...View More
Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta 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. River of Smoke is the second in the Ibis trilogy, which was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize and The Hindu Literary Prize in 2011. The first of the trilogy, the bestselling Sea of Poppies, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2008. Ghoshs other works include The Circle of Reason (Prix Mdicis tranger Award), The Shadow Lines (Sahitya Akademi Award), In an Antique Land, The Calcutta Chromosome (Arthur C. Clarke Award), Dancing in Cambodia and Other Essays, Countdown, The Glass Palace (Grand Prize for Fiction at the Frankfurt International e-books Awards), The Imam and the Indian and The Hungry Tide (Best Work in English Fiction, Hutch Crossword Book Award). In 2007 he was awarded the Grinzane Cavour Prize and in 2010 the Dan David Prize.Amitav Ghosh currently divides his time between Calcutta, Goa and Brooklyn.Books by Amitav GhoshMore
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Nov 7, 2014
Another great book by Amitav ghosh
Jul 30, 2014
Ghosh at his best
Jul 8, 2014
A Good Read
Apr 14, 2014
The Shadow Lines
Apr 3, 2014
Aug 6, 2012
Easily his best workI started reading Ghosh with 'The Glass Palace' and that remained my favourite among his works - The Calcutta Chromosome (brilliant work too!), Sea of Poppies and The Hungry Tide. Until I read 'The Shadow Lines'.
Apr 23, 2013
Amitav Ghosh, the God of Literature.A moving account of a Bengali family visiting Dhaka in Bangladesh during the times of India’s partition with Bangladesh, Second World War events, and the communal riots in the early 1960s. A thoroughly researched book by one of the greatest of great writers I have ever read. The novel won a Sahitya Akademi Award for its portrayal of the great events of the time.
Jan 17, 2013
Splendid and stunningOne of the best books I ever read!
Sep 10, 2012
Great story, great story telling. Hats off to Amitav GhoshA series of inter-weaving stories transgressing epochs and national borders, moving in and out of imaginations and visions of reality, concludes to finish an amazing tale. It has a pretty good narration and graphic description of almost everything from places to emotions. In particular the story is pretty amazing in itself but the way he unfolds the story makes it even more engrossing. Hats off to Amitav Ghosh.
Abhiroop Roy Chowdhury
Jun 25, 2012
Memories: Lost and FoundA book that is the perfect amalgamation of memories. Things that we often forget in the maze of life, memories that usually become scattered, all compiled and made into a beautiful book.A must read for all those who have had a childhood full of memories of all variants, Love, lies,happiness and most importantly realization. Splendid work by Amitav Ghosh.
Mar 26, 2012
Worth its PriceI have read the book. One of my friends has got it from Flipkart. These are prompt people. Delivery is within the stipulated time and the product is in fine condition. The book provides great reading especially as the narrative moves back and forth. By the time one finishes reading, one starts thinking- What is the relevance of boundaries in today's world. Overall, a great read.
Nov 7, 2014
Another great book by Amitav ghoshAnother great book by Amitav ghosh. A phenomenal tale related in a most engaging manner. Makes you want see the places described. no doubt it is an excellent piece of literary work . Amitav Ghosh got Sahitya Akademi award for this book
Jul 30, 2014
Ghosh at his bestFast paced narrative, masterly use of the language & the author's meticulous historical research that must've gone behind writing this book- all this makes it a must read for Amitav Ghosh fans!
Jul 8, 2014
A Good ReadIt was really irritating when even after reading half of the book unable make sense of the time,space and the characters and their inter-relation. Thought of dropping it...didn't do that as it has been awarded with Sahitya academy award (So felt it must have something in it). Ultimately perseverance paid. Now after reading it, i'm feeling like going through it once again.
Apr 14, 2014
The Shadow LinesAmazing to read this book again after so many years. Amitav Ghosh just goes from strength to strength and I would recommend every single one of his book, you would be missing out if you did not read them.