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review 2015-06-23 01:10
A God in Every Stone, by Kamila Shamsie
A God in Every Stone - Kamila Shamsie

When the world is at war or a country is claiming its independence from an empire, what’s the point of digging up the ancient past? Current events keep overtaking Vivian Rose Spencer, Tahsin Bey, and Najeeb Gul as they search for a silver circlet belonging to a Carian explorer named Scylax. The circlet was a gift from Darius of Persia but was lost centuries ago when the Carians (who lived in what is now western Turkey) rebelled. Kamila Shamsie’s A God in Every Stone skips from Turkey in 1913 to Peshawar in 1919 and 1930. All three of the archaeologists are enamored of ancient history, to the point where they often grow oblivious to the increasingly dangerous world around them. In spite of warnings from well-meaning family members on all sides, the circlet might get Vivian and Najeeb killed purely by accident...

 

Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type.

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review 2015-06-19 06:28
Review : Salt and Saffron by Kamila Shamsie
Salt and Saffron - Kamila Shamsie

"Saffron is a luxury, but salt is a necessity, Aliya learns in this charming, witty exploration of class values." - Library Journal

 

"The utterly sensuous descriptions of food and tea are alone worth the price of admission." - Booklist

 

This is my first book that I've read by Kamila Shamsie. Salt and Saffron is a beautiful, interesting, and very well-written novel. I am eager to read Shamsie's other books.

 

*All I can remember is the names of mouth watering food* :D



The story revolves around Aliya; a Pakistani girl of an aristocratic family who becomes reacquainted with family members – first in London and then in Karachi. Aliya thinks of herself as a family historian and a storyteller. After spending four years of her life at university in America for her studies, she was unaware of so many secrets about her ancestors.

There are so many thoughts which were haunting Aliya's mind as the things went strange into the family; Why her cousin Mariam doesn't speak? Who are the not-quite- twins? The very peculiar thing is Aliya to some extent start believing herself as one of the not-quite twins.It is the not-quite twins who every time are the source of disaster and shame for the Dard-e-Dil. Aliya knew so little about the Partition of Indo-Pak which divided the family. Caste, family and social status comes in the way of Aliya's love.

Will she become a matter of shame to her family being a not-quite twin or not?

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quote 2015-03-07 11:05
There's a ghost of dream that you don't even try to shake free of because you're too in love with the way she haunts you.
Kartography - Kamila Shamsie

Raheen, Kartography

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review 2012-12-26 00:00
الظلال المحترقة
الظلال المحترقة - كاميلا شمسي, Kamila Sh... الظلال المحترقة - كاميلا شمسي, Kamila Shamsie, Eman Herzallah ريفيو قريب
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review 2011-06-03 00:00
Burnt Shadows: A Novel
Burnt Shadows - Kamila Shamsie The journey from Hiroko Tanaka to an almost Hiroko Konrad and finally, Hiroko Ashraf was intensely poetic and linked to the many absurdities of life. Everything written in the book can be reflected in one simple phrase, "The speed necessary to replace loss." More than a search for identity, Burnt Shadows is a tale about learning the secret about loss. There is no overcoming, just a bitter fading of it and an ever pronounceable taste that can surface anytime.

For Raza Konrad Ashraf, the narration had a touch of belonging and for him, life was but a series of throwing caution to the wind. He found refuge in being Raza Hazara and that was when he felt as he belonged the most. He chose to be a deserter, not by willingness, but it was time that stretched him far away from the kind of life he always dreamed about. His character teaches a lot about being a child of beautiful parents. Moreover, his ability to converse in many languages makes him all too unforgettable.

For Sajjad Ashraf, his choices reflected the person that he aspired to be and never realized that it didn't really matter to people close to him. His Dilli and his feelings of always being underestimated weren't lost on me.

Kamila Shamsie has woven a world, an alternate universe really, that shows that a bomb not only spreads hatred, it destroys the aspirations that come attached with life. I found Burnt Shadows to be an amalgamation of characters connected through a dead link that was Konrad Weiss. From Jack to Elizabeth, Raza to Harry and finally Hiroko to Ilse and Kim. The loyalties tested at every step of the way and nativeness being the determining factor between friends. From Burtons to Ashrafs and back to the Burtons; time doesn't stop for anyone long enough to take them with it.
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