The Kashmir Shawl Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
A sprawling wartime tale of secrets and betrayals and personal growth and more than a little tragedy, it's not light bedtime reading. Most of the time it's not light, period. Both Nerys Watkins and her granddaughter suffer the misfortune of watching close friends live through personal tragedies while dealing with their own difficulties along the way. It's a compelling story, but what really makes the book shine is its character development. All the characters - even the minor ones - are vividly drawn, and by the time it's all over you feel like you know them all very well. The Kashmir locale is portrayed vividly as well, both in the 1940s and today as well as the crucial differences between the two.
If some of the subplots lead to conclusions that are less than plausible, for the most part Thomas avoids fairy-tale endings, even when we would no doubt prefer those for the characters we now know so well. It's worth taking your time to savor all the details.
I've always enjoyed reading about Colonial India and its relationships with neighboring states. I located most of the locations mentioned in the book on a world map, and followed Nerys and Mair's journeys with great interest. This was my first book by this author, and I was impressed with how thoroughly she researches her history. To enjoy a book and actually learn a little bit about history is a great combination. The characters were richly drawn, with the women seemingly stronger than the men. Caroline's and Nerys's romantic affairs were treated with dignity no matter what the outcome, or the reasons behind them. The men were for the most part very stiff, caught up in their own roles of the Raj in that period of history. Then again, the book is more about the women left behind than the military battles of that time. If the final link between the past and present stories was a little implausible, it did allow for the story to finally wind down, with an expected and pleasant ending.
Seven years of employment in a bookstore have taught me that many novels labeled and located in the "romance" section are actually just good historical fiction. I encourage anyone who enjoys a good book, a la Maeve Binchy and Kate Morton (to name a few) to try this one.
This book holds my interest as the story is a gentle tale of a woman finding her roots and exploring the the history of a grandmother's life in a foreign country. The contrast of the luxury living of her grandmother's new friends and the austere life of a missionary's wife is compelling.
I am enjoying the way the book weaves the grandmother's (Nerys) story with the present day journey of the young woman (Mair) in finding who she really is - a journey of history, discovery and culture and of love.
Set in World War II India during the last days of the Raj as well as modern-day Kashmir, The Kashmir Shawl: A Novel is a gem of a book, an epic romance just vaguely reminiscent of The Far Pavilions, full of beautifully drawn word pictures that bring the same sort of sense of surroundings that Kipling does in Kim.
Grandma's $0.02 - This is probably the single best book I've read in several years. Very highly recommended.
PS - There is nothing in here to make you uncomfortable if your teenager picks it up. (Why is it so many "romance" novels these days are little more than pornography?)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
LOVE INDIA AND LOVED THE CONTENT, ENJOYED THE BOOK VERY MUCH..Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Half the attraction with this book, in my case, was having lived in Kashmir and knowing how accurate the research was in relation to merchants, locations and description of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jan H
Great book. Story moves well. Enjoyed it very much. I only buy books I will reread. This one definitely qualifies. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Carla W.
A lovely read. I had to keep going to find out what happened to the female characters.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer