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Home Fire (2017)

de Kamila Shamsie

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"From an internationally acclaimed novelist, the suspenseful and heartbreaking story of a family ripped apart by secrets and driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequences. Isma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother's death, an invitation from a mentor in America has allowed 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 the 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?"--… (més)
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Second novel I've read by this Pakistani/British author and this was by far a better novel than the first one I read. I enjoyed this book though maybe enjoy is the wrong word as this is a heartbreaking tale. It is apparently a retelling of Antigone set in modern times of ISIS terrorists. It looks at what it is like to be Muslim and British and not a terrorist.

Home Fire won the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017 and shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2018. ( )
  Kristelh | May 30, 2022 |
What an interesting book! Jihadis and anti-Muslim populism written by a Muslim. And she can write - the narrative and the characters grow in the telling. My only reservation was in the telling of the love affair at the centre of the story - it seemed a little one dimensional and flat. I later realised that this may have been a conscious choice by the author, but not sure it worked. But this is a tiny quibble set against the heft of a book that was easy to read, told a compelling story, and makes the reader think again about stereotypes. And what a masterstroke - the populist Home Affair Minister is a lapsed Muslim! ( )
  mbmackay | May 19, 2022 |
The excruciating and unnecessary damage that Islamic radicalization and the war on terror inflict on two Pakistani British families. Also, a retelling of the Antigone story. ( )
  GwenRino | Feb 25, 2022 |
It was difficult to love this book when basically every character is irritating, Karamat Lone being the only sensible person there.
Oh, well, and Isma is also fine. She felt like an actual person, a real person, living in our world and seeing it for what it is. Wanting to make something of her life, wanting to take care of her siblings - and also about herself. Falling in love but never holding it against her sister when said sister starts dating the same man.
And the sister, Aneeka is selfish and manipulative (I don't know, maybe her infinite love fo Eamonn was supposed to be written as sincere, but to me it wasn't. She was planning to use him from the very beginning, and that's exactly what she attempted). She's also so full of herself and self-righteous, she's gonna lecture you about the harassment the Muslims get, and then she'll go have sex with strangers while wearing hijab. Because she's such a devout Muslim.
Eamonn is just a naive baby despite his age.
And Parvaiz is another baby, naive and stupid, because no man with actual brains would want to join ISIS, and for the life of me I cannot find any sympathy for him.
And funnily enough, even Terry who is barely there still manages to be annoying. ( )
  alissee | Dec 8, 2021 |
audiobook (8 hours), fiction (Pakistani Muslim immigrants in England, love story complicated by brother's having been recruited by terrorist extremists)

Not sure I like the overly dramatic ending, but I guess it goes along with the messily complicated circumstances of the story. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 15, 2021 |
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