The Shadow Lines: From bestselling author and winner of the 2018 Jnanpith Award
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The Shadow Lines: From bestselling author and winner of the 2018 Jnanpith Award (English, Paperback, Ghosh Amitav)

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The Shadow Lines: From bestselling author and winner of the 2018 Jnanpith Award  (English, Paperback, Ghosh Amitav)

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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House India
  • Genre: Fiction
  • ISBN: 9780143066569, 0143066560
  • Edition: 2, 2000
  • Pages: 288
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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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    • Penguin
    Publication Year
    • 2000
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    Author Info
    • Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956. He grew up in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India. He studied at the universities of Delhi and Oxford and published the first of eight novels, The Circle of Reason, in 1986. The first novel in his Ibis trilogy, Sea of Poppies, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He received the Jnanpith Award in 2018.
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    • 198 mm
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    • 129 mm
    Ratings & Reviews
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    5

    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.
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    Arindam Moulick

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    Easily his best work

    I 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'.

    It reads beautifully, like any Amitav Ghosh work. When it comes to using language, he is easily one of the best. Unlike most of his other works, there is much less research as such that has gone in. So he basically plays with different kinds of people - right up his alley being an ...
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    Memories: Lost and Found

    A 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.
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    Abhiroop Roy Chowdhury

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    Great story, great story telling. Hats off to Amitav Ghosh

    A 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.
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    Suhit Pal

    Sep, 2012

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    Wonderful

    Amitav Ghosh is a very well recognized writer from India. This novel is a very good example.
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    PRITHA BOSE

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    A Good read

    A good book is one which leads you to read another one, this book led me to read another books of Ghosh. The art of describing comes superbly to the author. The plot is simple and captures your interest till the end. I recommend it to sincere readers.
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    Vaibhav Srivastava

    Apr, 2013

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    Mind-blowing purchase

    The wonderful novel from the greatest writter of India. I bealcame fan of his writing skill. The way he writes the book is awesome
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    Rishi Kumar

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    Terrific

    Amitav Ghosh is among the best Indian writers and this is one of his best book.Like all his books this one too is rich with informations and covers a lot of areas.Honestly,I don't consider myself capable of judging his book.
    This book has a special connection with my name and I had to read it.
    Printing and the condition of the book was perfect.
    Flipkart is my favourite shopping destination and delivery was quick.
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    Tridib

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    Beautiful!!

    An absolutely amazing book. Slightly monotonous at times, but beautiful. The language is lovely and picturesque. I ended the book with a contented sigh and smile on my lips. Perfect for old Kolkata lovers.
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    Anindita Bhattacharya

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    Another great book by Amitav ghosh

    Another 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
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    Questions and Answers
    Q:Is it text book?
    A:Yes , it's the complete text .
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    Q:Has this book critical comments and annotations?
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    Q:Is there any critical essays or study material ?
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    Q:summary is available in this book?
    A:no. its the original novel. not a study material. there is no analytical notes. just the original story.
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    Q:Is it a text book or reference book?
    A:text book. Excellent book on diaspora
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    Q:how many pages does this have?
    A:288. Clearly mentioned in the description.
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    Q:Is it the hardcover version of the novel?
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    Q:Is it penguin edition?
    A:Yes
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    Q:What is the writting?? easy to read or hard??
    A:not so hard to read.... it's a very good novel
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