Book Review

The Shadow Lines – A Book Review



This is the second book written by Amitav Ghosh that I have read.

I didn’t like The Circle of Reason, which was the first book that Amitav had written and the first book of Amitav that I had read. But still I had high hopes about this book. The novel had earned Amitav the 1989 Sahitya Akademi Award.

Well, it is a beautiful novel that takes is through the streets of India, Bangladesh and England. The story is told through eyes of a boy, who has tremendous respect for Tridip, his uncle, who tells him various stories. And through Tridip’s stories, the boy sees various counties, various cities, even different streets and localities. He takes all these experiences that Tridip had shared with him when he interacts with different people and visits the localities that Tridip had talked about.

While reading the book it feels like I (the reader) am the boy (narrator) of the story and Amitav (the author ) is Tridib telling stories of different places from Fulham to Dhaka and from Delhi to Calcutta, places that I would like to visit and see through your my eyes.
Amitav is a beautiful story teller and he doesn’t disappoint is with this beautiful novel.

Book Details

Title: The Shadow Lines
Author: Amitav Ghosh
My Rating: 4 Stars
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