Book Review – Home Fire.

I do not normally review books that I read but, when I read something extraordinary, I do. Kamila Shamsie‘s Home Fire comes under this category. I came across this book by accident and bought it at the recommendation of another avid reader friend and I am glad that I did.

The story as accepted by the author is based on the play Antigone and the characters in the book are all named with names similar to those of the play.

The story is about two families of British citizens of Pakistani origin who get trapped in problems of the modern world of terrorism.

Character portrayal is simply brilliant and the conflicting emotions of being Muslim, modern and British with roots in Pakistan are brought out vividly. The background is all too familiar for people who are abreast of what is happening in Britain vis a vis its Muslim population and I for one could not put the book down once I started reading it.

A very unusual treatment of a very troubling situation skilfully articulated by the author, I recommend it to my readers who are readers too.

It is available on both hard copy and kindle formats and I read it on my kindle. At some future date, I intend reading it again. I also intend reading all other books by the author.

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14 Responses to Book Review – Home Fire.

  1. Wisewebwoman says:

    High Rating on Good Reads, R. I’ve added it to my list sounds like a wonderful read.

    Thanks!

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  2. shackman says:

    Highly rated on Amazon as well – sounds like it belongs on my reading list as well

    • You will find it unusual but, a good read. You may find it difficult to believe some of the stuff but, you can always ask a Brit for clarifications.

  3. Thanks for the recommendation. It sounds intriguing.
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  4. Kaustubh Agashe says:

    Will add to (already lengthy) Reading List. I have been reading only non-fiction for so long now…time to change that.

    • I too went back to fiction only recently. I was finding it too hard going sticking only with non fiction and now find that fiction helps to break the monotony.

  5. tammy j says:

    thank you! I’ve read the other books you’ve recommended and not been disappointed. I will definitely check this one. it has been a long time since I’ve read one ‘that I couldn’t put down!’
    I appreciate it. and I am loving my kindle! (haven’t got rid of my ‘books’ though.) I love them like old friends. 🙂

  6. Jayashri says:

    Thanks for the recommendation. Shall surely read it as soon as i get my hands on it.

  7. Traveller says:

    Agreed it was a great book. I would highly recommend Burnt Shadows by the same author. I read that one when it cam out and so knew Home Fire would be good.

    • Thank you for commenting. I have downloaded Burnt Shadows after reading your comments. If I find it as interesting, I will review that also in my blog but, it will be after some time as I am plodding through some other fiction stuff at the moment.

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