Summary and analysis of The Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh?
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The award-winning novel tells the story of a young Indian boy and his life there and, later, in London. The narrative is based on the memories of the main characters. The narrator (the boy) is sexually attracted to his cousin, Ila, but he prefers to maintain his present friendly relationship. The boy admires Tridib, a cousin, who falls in love with May, a Londoner who is also a relative. The story encompasses several historic events in India's history, including World War II, the Swadeshi movement, and the 1963-64 riots in Calcutta.
The novel show that the lines and boundaries that human draws are just temporary and shadowy, which are meant to divide people, exclude, creates difference between people and nations. The novel celebrates the whole world as a home to everyone.
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