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on July 26, 2014
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I could really not understand about the first 50 pages of this book, but when I finally realized what the author was doing, I understood it and really enjoyed it, and hate to see the book end. Amitav Ghosh is a great and talented writer, and quite inventive in how he intertwines so many characters from so many unlikely places. Before reading this book, if you are a novice to India's history during and after the partition, then you might want to study some of that before reading this book since all the characters revolve around this one time in history and the affect the partition had in the lives of those characters. I love Ghosh's writing, and have ordered several of his other books to enjoy as well.
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on February 4, 2014
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If you don't mind being confused by the time line it is an interesting read. I just couldn't get past the fact that on the same page I am reading about the present day and without warning we are back to the grandparents time and then to the parents time. I had to keep going back to reread to find my way. If you put this book down then picking it up and making sense is difficult.

I believe if the author had followed a straight timeline this would have been a great read!
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on March 25, 1997
Format: Hardcover
The emotions of human beings placed in an unfamiliar cultural ethos are portrayed with exceptional skill and honesty. The complete gamut of human emotions from religious fanaticism to dormant sexual impulses flies across the canvas of this book against the backdrop of two families - one British, one Indian. The depths of these two cultures with their attendant dogmas and inherent beauty is thrown right into the readers face - making him smile and wince at the same time
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on October 19, 2014
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A lovely and moving little remembrance of boyhood and youth and memory and family bonds across borders, the story gives us the human, personal side of the historical struggles that make the headlines. Language as soft and touching as one's first kiss. A work of great beauty.
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on January 7, 2015
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The book started out very slow but then I got involved with the characters and. I ended up liking the book a lot. I will try other books by this author. I recommend it. Don't give up reading you will like this book
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on March 22, 2015
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Absolutely engaging... Even if you are in a public place reading it, you will smile and frown, the emotions are so raw and heart touching... The writing is honest and brilliant.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This book is very interesting and original in that it does not have a linear narrative. Rather, it is a book where the flow is almost a stream of consciousness. The narrator unpacks memory after memory as they occur to him and reveals the story in a very unusual way. At first I found this frustrating, but later I found it gave the book meaning, in explaining the power of memories to different individuals and the way in which one's perception based on their memories frames the way in which they perceive reality. This book like other Ghosh books have some basis in history covering England in the war years, Dhaka before the partition, and the Dhaka and Calcutta communal riots, but this one is less so than a couple others I've read. Like the Glass Palace, this book also involves interesting cultural interactions between East and West that always makes for an interesting read.
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on October 6, 1996
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It's really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really... GOOD! No, really, it was
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on August 26, 2014
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Made a real and imagined world that caught and held my interest. Plays out almost like tragedy.
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on February 3, 2013
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I've read other books by this author and I especially loved the Sea of Poppies Trilogy. I liked The Shadow Lines, but he has done something that I have never seen in another book. He goes back and forth in time - in the same paragraph, just the way a person thinks with one thought hinging on something that happened before. I'm sorry to say that I didn't figure it out for a long time and was just confused. So, this wasn't my favorite of his books, but I can't wait to read anything he writes.
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