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About the book- The Shadow Lines (1988) is a Sahitya Akademi Award-winning novel,The novel is set against the backdrop of historical events like the Swadeshi Movement, Second World War, Partition of India and Communal Riots of 1963-64 in Dhaka and Calcutta.It is a book that captures perspective of time and events, of lines that bring people together and hold them apart; lines that are clearly visible from one perspective and nonexistent from another; lines that exist in the memory of one, and therefore in another's imagination. A narrative built out of an intricate, constantly crisscrossing web of memories of many people, it never pretends to tell a story. Instead, it invites the reader to invent one, out of the memories of those involved, memories that hold mirrors of differing shades to the same experience.

Characters present in this novel

  • Tridib – The protagonist is a middle class boy who grows up in a middle-class family; he is the narrator's uncle. He is in love with May.
  • Tha'mma (the narrator's grandmother) – She was the headmistress of a girls' school in Calcutta. She is a very strict, disciplined, hard-working, mentally strong and patient lady. She is the one who wants to bring her uncle, Jethamoshai, to India to live with her, eventually leading to his and Tridib's deaths by a mob in Dhaka.
  • Ila – She is the narrator's cousin who lives in Stockwell, London. The narrator is in love with her, but she marries Nick.
  • May – She is the Price family's daughter. She is in love with Tridib and blames herself for his death.
  • Nick – He is the Price family's son, distinguishable by his long blond hair. He wants to work in the 'futures industry'. He marries Ila during the course of the novel, but it is later found that he is allegedly having an affair. He worked in Kuwait for a brief period of time but quit his job (it is implied that he may have been fired for embezzlement).
  • Mayadebi – She is the narrator's grandmother's younger sister and Tridib's mother.

About the author-Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956. He grew up in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India. He studied at the universities of Delhi and Oxford and published the first of eight novels, The Circle of Reason, in 1986. The first novel in his Ibis trilogy, Sea of Poppies, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He received the Jnanpith Award in 2018.

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  • ISBN-‎ 978-0143448549
  • Pages- 399
  • Imprint- Penguin India
  • Binding- Paper back
  • Published on -Feb/2017
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About the book- The Shadow Lines (1988) is a Sahitya Akademi Award-winning novel,The novel is set against the backdrop of historical events like the Swadeshi Movement, Second World War, Partition of India and Communal Riots of 1963-64 in Dhaka and Calcutta.It is a book that captures perspective of time and events, of lines that bring people together and hold them apart; lines that are clearly visible from one perspective and nonexistent from another; lines that exist in the memory of one, and therefore in another's imagination. A narrative built out of an intricate, constantly crisscrossing web of memories of many people, it never pretends to tell a story. Instead, it invites the reader to invent one, out of the memories of those involved, memories that hold mirrors of differing shades to the same experience.

Characters present in this novel

  • Tridib – The protagonist is a middle class boy who grows up in a middle-class family; he is the narrator's uncle. He is in love with May.
  • Tha'mma (the narrator's grandmother) – She was the headmistress of a girls' school in Calcutta. She is a very strict, disciplined, hard-working, mentally strong and patient lady. She is the one who wants to bring her uncle, Jethamoshai, to India to live with her, eventually leading to his and Tridib's deaths by a mob in Dhaka.
  • Ila – She is the narrator's cousin who lives in Stockwell, London. The narrator is in love with her, but she marries Nick.
  • May – She is the Price family's daughter. She is in love with Tridib and blames herself for his death.
  • Nick – He is the Price family's son, distinguishable by his long blond hair. He wants to work in the 'futures industry'. He marries Ila during the course of the novel, but it is later found that he is allegedly having an affair. He worked in Kuwait for a brief period of time but quit his job (it is implied that he may have been fired for embezzlement).
  • Mayadebi – She is the narrator's grandmother's younger sister and Tridib's mother.

About the author-Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956. He grew up in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India. He studied at the universities of Delhi and Oxford and published the first of eight novels, The Circle of Reason, in 1986. The first novel in his Ibis trilogy, Sea of Poppies, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He received the Jnanpith Award in 2018.

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