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.
Amitav Ghosh, the God of Literature.
23 Apr, 2013
Easily his best work
6 Aug, 2012
Splendid and stunning
17 Jan, 2013
Memories: Lost and Found
Abhiroop Roy Chowdhury
25 Jun, 2012
A Good read
1 Apr, 2013
Great story, great story telling. Hats off to Amitav Ghosh
10 Sep, 2012
19 Apr, 2018