Friday, 1 January 2010

Review of Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie

Reviewed by Catriona Troth

Taking, as its pivotal idea, the chance coincidence that a boy who is half Japanese and half Pakistani may be mistaken for a Hazara Afghani, this book reaches back to the bombing of Nagasaki with the world’s second atomic bomb, and forward to the Afghan War that followed the attack on the Twin Towers. Four very different families, linked throughout the story by blood and marriage, provide a fragile, very personal link between these two defining atrocities ...

Read the full article in the February 2010 issue of Words with JAM.

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