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Home Fire Isma is free After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother s death she s accepted an invitation from a mentor in America that allows her to resume a dream long defe

  • Title: Home Fire
  • Author: Kamila Shamsie
  • ISBN: 9780735217683
  • Page: 464
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Isma is free After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother s death, she s accepted an invitation from a mentor in America that allows her to resume a dream long deferred But she can t stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London, or their brother, Parvaiz, who s disappeared in pursuit of his own dream, toIsma is free After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother s death, she s accepted an invitation from a mentor in America that allows her to resume a dream long deferred But she can t stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London, or their brother, Parvaiz, who s disappeared in pursuit of his own dream, to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew When he resurfaces half a globe away, Isma s worst fears are confirmed.Then Eamonn enters the sisters lives Son of a powerful political figure, he has his own birthright to live up to or defy Is he to be a chance at love The means of Parvaiz s salvation Suddenly, two families fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined, in this searing novel that asks What sacrifices will we make in the name of love

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    1. 4.5* rounded up. Home Fire is the candidate I support to win the Booker Prize. Well, I only read 4 nominees until now so it is not a definite opinion. However, it is highly unlikely that I will make too much of an advancement in my reading of the longlist until the shortlist is published so it will probably remain on top for a while. If you read a few reviews you will realize that the novel is based on Antigone. Unfortunately, I cannot add anything on the subject as I have no knowledge of this c [...]

    2. Ever since their mother and grandmother died within the period of a year, Isma has cared for her younger twin siblings, Aneeka and Parvaiz. Their well-being has always been her first concern, even if it meant sacrificing her own dreams and ambitions. But now that the twins have turned 18, Isma is finally putting herself first, accepting an invitation from a mentor to travel to America and co-author a paper with her.That doesn't mean Isma won't worry about her siblings—Aneeka, smart, beautiful, [...]

    3. There are so many timely subjects right now, world concerns and threats, and authors have responded in kind. This novel features two Muslim families in Britain, two families that have very different opinions on family and how to show or display their Muslim beliefs. It moves the themes in Sophocles, Antigone to present times. I remember very little about Antigone, refreshed my memory on Wiki, but I cannot really knowledgeably comment on the adequecy of the comparison.The novel starts out slowly [...]

    4. I don't give 1-star reviews very often because I feel like I don't read a lot of books I would label as 'bad.' And this book, even, isn't 'bad' in my eyes. But when I think about things I enjoyed regarding this novel, there's pretty much nothing redeemable for me. The characters were flat, the plot was paper thin (even though I know it's a modern retelling of Antigone, I don't feel like that knowledge did anything to elevate the story), and the writing was nothing special and verged on poor at t [...]

    5. I went looking for a review copy of this when it was included on the Man Booker Prize Long list, and was approved for one by the publisher through Edelweiss.This is a book that kept morphing as I read it and discussed it, and it ended up in a place far removed from my expectations at the beginning. Nowhere in the publisher summary or promotional material does it mention that the author is also basing this novel on the myth of Antigone, but she has, and that proves important in understanding some [...]

    6. When the Booker longlist was announced, this was one of the books that most interested me, because I really enjoyed Shamsie's previous two novels (A God in Every Stone and Burnt Shadows). I was a little nervous when I read that this is a modern retelling of Antigone, because my knowledge of the classics is very limited, but it is a fine book and another one which would make a worthy winner.The book is in five sections each of which focuses on a different character. I found the first slow going - [...]

    7. This is a powerful and gut-wrenching book loosely based on Greek mythology's story of Antigone, a woman defying a king to secure her brother an honorable burial. I knew this going in, so I did some research on Antigone so I could appreciate the parallels as they unfolded."Home Fire" is told through 5 viewpoints: sisters Isma and Aneeka, their brother Parvaiz (Aneeka's twin), British Home Secretary Karamat Lone and his son Eamonn. Isma, Aneeka and Parvaiz are Muslims living in London and Amherst, [...]

    8. ‘What do you say to your father when he makes a speech like that? Do you say, Dad, you’re making it OK to stigmatise people for the way they dress? Do you say, what kind of idiot stands in front of a group of teenagers and tells them to conform? Do you say, why didn’t you mention that among the things this country will let you achieve if you’re Muslim is torture, rendition, detention without trial, airport interrogations, spies in your mosques, teachers reporting your children to the aut [...]

    9. Inspired by Sophocles' Antigone, this has a slightly shaky start but then soars into an outstanding tragedy of love, politics, justice and humanity. By drawing on Athenian tragedy, Shamsie makes the point that clashes of civic law vs a deeper, more humane sense of what is right havealways been contested, and the tension between family and state always problematic. What she does so brilliantly in this book is to take these questions and give them an acutely charged contemporary relevance that lea [...]

    10. It's probably me.This happens to me not infrequently these days. I read a book. I can recognise, intellectually, that it is well written. The concept is an intriguing one - to re-write the Antigone story in an up-to-date setting (and it IS very up-to-date); it has a lot to say about the state of politics in our twittering, tweeting world, in our world of asymmetrical warfare; the characters resonate, the writing never jars, the font is large enough, it sneaks in at well under 300 pages so I can' [...]

    11. This book reminded me of why I love fiction so much. Sometimes I pick up a book for escapism, sometimes to be challenged by a writer who is a master with language, occasionally it's because I feel obligated to read a particular book.Home Firereminded me that if I was to distill my enjoyment down to one factor it would be the pleasure to be had from placing yourself in the minds and lives of others. Particularly when these others are experiencing things you thought you could never understand. The [...]

    12. I read Home Fire in two days, I thought it was brilliantly done, heartbreaking, tragic, essential.Underpinning the novel is the premise of Sophocles' 5thC BC play Antigone, an exploration of the conflict between those who affirm the individual's human rights and those who must protect the state's security. Before reading Kamila Shamsie's Home Fire, I downloaded a translation of Antigone to read, acknowledging herself that Anne Carson's translation of Antigone (Oberon Books, 2015) andThe Burial a [...]

    13. Shamsie’s novel was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize for 2017. It is topical: two British families with Muslim religious roots and Pakistani backgrounds cone together in a doomed pas de deux . The author Shamsie, according to cover copy, grew up in Karachi, and yet in her picture she has the round eyes of a Westerner. The cultural difficulties she writes of may not be too difficult for her to imagine, I’m guessing.I read this novel very fast—it has a strange, porous density to it. The [...]

    14. This was a 3-star read for most of the book, but the last section was so phenomenal that it elevated the entire novel to something really special. Shamsie establishes the sovereignty of her own story before really diving into the Antigone references at the end, and she plays with a range of themes from Antigone and addresses contemporary issues without diminishing either goal. I leave this book with a much deeper sense of how complicated it is to be a British Muslim than I've gotten from any no [...]

    15. A timely examination of what it means to be a Muslim in a hostile Western modern society where pre conceived notions are at odds with some horrifying realities. It took me awhile to fully invest in this book and about mid way I was deeply absorbed and felt the immense force and power of this book. I felt a deep connection with the plight of the characters and how parts of their personal story unravel to really make you understand the complexities of the issues surrounding them. The author reveal [...]

    16. A few years ago, one of my best friends eloped to marry a wonderful man. The fact that he was Muslim never even registered with me until she, a former Catholic, tentatively started telling people about this. She got mixed reactions even from those closest to her. Most recently her longest standing friend from London flatly refused to come visit her in SA because of “that Muslim” whom she has never spoken to or met. It broke her heart. So, at the start of Eamonn and Aneeka’s relationship I [...]

    17. I have not read any of Shamsie’s previous novels, so this was new territory for me. It’s a good sign, I guess, that I have immediately added two other books to my “to read” list to try some more. This book isn’t perfect, but it is very, very good.I have seen some discussions about the use Shamsie makes of Antigone, perhaps specifically Anouilh’s version produced in occupied France during World War II. This influence is clear. You can map the characters in Home Fire against characters [...]

    18. 4.5 A modern gloss on Antigone, this Booker nominee is now in 2nd place of my ranked longlisted books (with four other nominees to go!). Unlike several GR friends who either had no prior knowledge of its classical connection, or weren't conversant in the original Greek, that element undoubtedly enhanced my appreciation of what Shamsie achieves here (my degrees are in theatre, so I am fairly knowledgeable about the original texts). It was fascinating to me not only to see how the central elements [...]

    19. In the stories of wicked tyrants men and women are punished with exile, bodies are kept from their families –their heads impaled on spikes, their corpses thrown into unmarked graves. All these things happen according to the law, but not according to justice. I am here to ask for justiceA book I read due to its longlisting for the 2017 Booker prize and by an author whose previous works I have not read. The book is a retelling of Antigone – a classical play with which I was unfamiliar, but whi [...]

    20. I devoured this book in a single day, something I haven't done in a very long time. What a great, complex, well-written novel. It's themes are incredibly relevant but nothing feels forced or artificial about the plot. I really hope this gets short-listed for the Man Booker prize!

    21. This very modern retelling of Sophocless Antigone The Complete Plays shows exactly why ancient drama still holds valid questions and truths for modern audiences. In Shamsie's reshaping, it loses none of its power to question the morality how we live now, and what obligations we hold to family, to society, to law, to religion, and to ourselves. As in the original play, the author asks whether our loyalties should lie with blood, with family, and the unwritten rules of what Sophocles called natura [...]

    22. If truth be known, I picked up Home Fire with some reluctance. My fear was that Home Fire would be another over-simplified book, painting its Muslim characters as either wild-eyed terrorists or pitiful victims. I needn’t have worried. This is a nuanced book that is good – so good, in fact, that Ms. Shamsie had me in thrall right ‘til the extraordinarily powerful last lines. The book is based loosely on Sophocles’ Antigone, and even in stating that, I’m probably relaying too much. The c [...]

    23. 3.5 starsA relevant novel given our political climate, Home Fire details the complicated ordeal of three siblings haunted by the legacy of their jihadist father. The story begins with Isma, the eldest sister, a Londoner of Pakistani descent on her way to start her Ph.D. at Amherst. We then learn about her younger twin siblings, Aneeka, a headstrong and intelligent law student, and Parvaiz, who disappears to follow his own dreams. When Isma and Aneeka learn about Parvaiz's whereabouts, their wors [...]

    24. " - Go back to uni, study the law. Accept the law, even when it's unjust. - You don't love either justice or our brother if you can say that." This book tells the story of a British family with Pakistani roots that gets torn apart by the ideology of jihad - and the story is modeled after Sophocles' classic greek tragedy Antigone. I loved the idea, as it underlines that the turmoil we are facing today is not as new as we like to assume. Rather, it can at least in part be traced back to aspects of [...]

    25. There are still so few books about Muslim characters, that treat them as central and important figures, that Home Fire feels like more of a revelation than I wish it did. I could read five books about Isma, the woman whose story opens the novel. I wanted to know everything about her, I wanted to read her entire past and her entire future. The book begins with Isma's fear about not being able to travel when she needs to, and over time we see all the things in one family's life that are difficult [...]

    26. Oh wow! What a thought-provoking and emotional read! I was not expecting such a powerful and cleverly written work of fiction. Home Fire tackles a difficult yet important subject matter - the humanistic impact of modern day terrorism. The reader is brought into an all-too-familiar scenario in which people of Muslim faith are automatically branded as Jihadists and suspected of sympathizing with terrorist activities. The prejudices and "extra security measures" these folks are subjected to is expl [...]

    27. Home Fire by Kamila Shamie is one book that I would definitely support in the Man Booker Prize’17 which was long listed in the same. I wonder how Exit West by Mohsin Hamid made it through the Short listed Man Booker Prize. Considering the quality of writing and content between the two books, I feel Home Fire much deserved to be in the final list. Anyway, the winner of Man Booker Prize'17 is already announced and it won't make any sense to discuss all that now!Home Fire follows the lives of two [...]

    28. The story of a Muslim family living in Britain, persecuted by the ghost of the dead father and his sins. The coherent story is narrated by five protagonists who expresses five different views on today's attitude - (non)respect toward religions, traditional vs. modern, what it means to be a Muslim in today's world, and in particular, it's the story about stigmatization. Interesting, topical story and a great display of our colorful, diverse world of our views.

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