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The Shadow Lines: A Novel
by Amitav Ghosh

Published: 2005-05-03
Paperback : 256 pages
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Opening in Calcutta in the 1960s, Amitav Ghosh's radiant second novel follows two families -- one English, one Bengali -- as their lives intertwine in tragic and comic ways. The narrator, Indian born and English educated, traces events back and forth in time, from the outbreak of World ...
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Opening in Calcutta in the 1960s, Amitav Ghosh's radiant second novel follows two families -- one English, one Bengali -- as their lives intertwine in tragic and comic ways. The narrator, Indian born and English educated, traces events back and forth in time, from the outbreak of World War II to the late twentieth century, through years of Bengali partition and violence, observing the ways in which political events invade private lives.

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  "Not the best Ghosh"by nadjaj (see profile) 10/15/10

People just couldn't get excited about this one. Three people started and didn't finish it. Others started it multiple times and had to force-finish it. Books should be more enjoyable!

 
  "Not Gosh's best"by ChopinBlues (see profile) 09/28/10

Gosh is a great writer, but this is definitely not his best effort. His most recent book, A Sea of Poppies, is simply outstanding, and should have won the Booker. His previous book, The Hungry Tide,... (read more)

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