By Amitav Ghosh

Friday - - Leisure -

A mov­ing saga about the bonds of fam­ily and the power of imag­i­na­tion, mem­ory and love, 1988’s The Shadow Lines is as time­less as any clas­sic can be. Told from the point of view of the un­named nar­ra­tor, the in­ter­twined lives of three gen­er­a­tions of two fam­i­lies are ex­plored, as the nar­ra­tive flits be­tween time and place, from In­dia to Bangladesh to Eng­land be­tween 1939 to 1964.

While ques­tion­ing the authen­tic­ity of in­ter­na­tional bor­ders and the con­cept of na­tion­hood, the novel is also a story about grow­ing up. Ghosh’s writ­ing brims with stark beauty and rev­e­la­tory pas­sages that boil down lofty, po­lit­i­cal themes to the sim­ple truth of how they af­fect in­di­vid­u­als.

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