The shadow lines 1988 is a sahitya akademi award winning novel by indian writer amitav ghoshit 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 anothers imagination. Acclaimed for fiction travel writing and journalism his books include the circle of reason the shadow lines in an antique land and dancing in cambodia ghosh has won frances prix medici etranger indias prestigious sahitya akademi award the arthur c clarke award and the pushcart prize. In the shadow lines amitav ghosh writes about memory or rather the imperfections of memory the book is a novel where the narrator recalls stories and events from his childhood and compares them with perspectives of other people to paint a full picture of the narrative. The shadow lines by amitav ghosh explores the political and economic growth of india through the lives of two families one bengali and one english as their lives intertwine on multiple levels through three generations the novel consists of the memories of the characters in the two families. The shadow lines is the story of the family and friends of the nameless narrator who for all his anonymity comes across as if he is the person looking at you quietly from across the table by the time the story telling is over and silence descends
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