1. A story that chronicles the lives of two families who are exiles from their own countries through war or quasi-political careers. Highlights the contradictions and ironies of the American/British foreign policy; from the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, partition in India, involvement in Afghanistan, and ends with the after-effects of 9/11 generally and specifically on the consequences for the two families. Rating: 9/10
2. A story which spans times, places cultures and conflicts beautifully with vivid and diverse central characters bringing this novel and its locations alive. Rating: 8/10
3. A tragic history of the last 60 years and ‘its’ effect on a small group of people. Moving and beautifully written. Rating: 10/10
4. A great combination of the personal and historic. Rating: 10/10
Burnt Shadows is perhaps the only book which everyone thoroughly praised and enjoyed.
Burley in Wharfedale Readers Group