A powerful re-telling of Sophocles' Antigone for the 21st century. The echoes in the names were obvious, some of the twists were foreseeable from knowing the play, but some decidedly were not.
Home Fire is the genre of book I can‘t get enough of. It has international intrigue. It‘s suspenseful and delivers a twist. By the end, I felt satisfied, but sad. The sex scenes are a bit over the top and unbelievable at first. The author keeps the reader puzzling over an incongruity between the protagonist‘s professed religion and her behavior. That‘s why I kept turning the pages, and scratching my head. She‘s a great storyteller. More please!
It was a very difficult book for me. It isn't my genre and I think only read in the train isn't good gor this book. I like the writing and the theme is importsnt, so I say: Read this book! 😉
And my #bookfitnesschallenge goals for week 4:
474 / 700 active minutes 😥
59.212 / 60.000 steps 😂
1 / 1 book 😁😎
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So very good. Although some aspects seemed a bit unrealistic, it‘s still amazing to me how well Shamsie was able to fit Antigone into our modern world. The writing is beautiful, the characters are well-developed, and the story is breathtaking and sad. I was especially upset by Parvaiz‘s part of the book. A family drama and love story, but also very poignant, timely, and important. Absolutely worth the high praise it has received.
Reading the first page while I foing my last 500 steps of 10.000 this day. #12littens12books #bfc #bookfitnesschallenge
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Trying to write down my #BFC stats. My poor cat did not get enough attention today. (she slept on my chest last night)
50k+ Steps (can post the total tomorrow)
2litres of water every day
70+ floors (yes, I ran down to the basement and up to the attic three times this evening, just to then realise I still have to take the garbage out)
6 times exercise
Books finished in total 13.
Points this week 5 - in total 65 (I think)
While I often enjoy multi-POV books, I think this would have worked better as either a single (Isma) or dual (Isma & Aneeka) POV. I wasn‘t drawn in by the men‘s sections, they didn‘t feel as well crafted as the women. The story is powerful, esp. the parts about grief, about what it means to be family and to love or lose each other in such devastating ways. But it was uneven and lost me a bit with the dudes. Still def a worthy read, tho. 3/5 ⭐️
Imperialism, with its racist underpinnings of a “civilizing mission,” followed by the cruel joke of pretending to “give” independence when really they were merely changing economic models via the creation of client states, their nonsensical boundaries designed to cause instability.
The accompanying article described the newly elevated minister as a man “from a Muslim background,” which is what they always said about him, as though Muslim-ness was something he had boldly stridden away from. Inevitably, the sentence went on to use the phrase “strong on security.”
Definitely needed to follow that last crap book with something really good, and I feel pretty confident this will do the trick.
Day three feeling hung over, exhausted, taxed,.... It's strange. It might just be my MS trying to tell me something, like we're having a relapse anniversary. It might be the start of another flare up. Might be hay-fever. Whatever it is, it's annoying. It interferes with the #BFC.
I also need to get some books finished, but it's hard to keep my eyes on the pages.
Still, nearly 6k steps so far
Just started reading Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie.
My best novel of the year, wow. A contemporary reimagining of Sophocles's ANTIGONE set in contemporary Britain w/its anti-Muslim bigotry. If you know ANTIGONE, you know the basic plot, you know how everything is going to end (badly, for everyone), you just don't know how Shamsie is going to get her characters there. She's written a modern tragedy full of flawed yet sympathetic characters on all sides. The final 3 pages left me shocked and sobbing.
Had to read this passage several times, for real.
The book that's mentioned here is the one I revised the German translation of 14 years ago. Wow! I can't believe it made its way into a popular work of fiction. Not that it doesn't deserve mentioning, it just feels odd seeing it in a novel. So far I've only found it mentioned in non-fiction.
Wow...just wow. This is such an important book. I'll admit, I didn't like most of the characters, but that's not really the point anyway. Shamsie does an incredible job of placing the ancient myth of Antigone in our time. Because I was familiar with the myth, I realised it was going to be a tragic story, but the modern setting really brought it home. Simultaneously a beautiful, horrific and tragic story. Absolute MUST READ!
This is a tale following the ups and down of friendship, relationships, and most centrally, family. It is about religion and prejudice, justice and discrimination. And let me tell you, that was a simultaneously stunning and horrifying ending.
This was given to me by a teacher due to similar themes with A Very Large Expanse of Sea, which I read a while ago.
I did not find the first half engaging but the second half and ending compensated!
Guys, I just started reading this which is a big deal because it's one of the first books I stacked here on Litsy. With that being said, what the heck do y'all have me reading?! I'm so confused by the storytelling. First, she's been interrogated at the airport, then she's at work avoiding Skype calls, then she's walking through the woods. How much time has passed? Why do we need to know this stuff. Please tell me it gets better!
Dear Emily , Thankyou so much ! Sounds like you loved this one & im really excited to read it ... Thankyou 😘. Have a fab weekend! So jealous... ♥️
Started listening to Home Fire. Really enjoyed my previous Kamila Shamsie book (Burnt Shadows) and this one has a strong reputation so really looking forward to it.
I didn‘t realise till after I finished but this is actually a modern retelling of Sophocles‘ Antigone! The second half of the story is a lot better than the first half (which dragged!) but overall a thought provoking and interesting read. I‘m still thinking about it....!
Mailed my #justabookswap package today so I opened my book from @collegecatlady - WOOHOO! Thank you so much! I am definitely excited to read this one. Plus I love the cover art! Gorgeous!
Thanks for the nice note. I enjoyed being in the #LMPBC with you too. I was sad when the books got stuck, and I never received the last two. But Purple Hibiscus was a great read, so glad you chose it.
This. Book. The writing is gorgeous and powerful. A modern retelling of Antigone set in present day London. Siblings must cope with cultural stereotypes, assimilation, extremism and what it means to be both British and Muslim. They face their own family history in vastly disparate ways. I basically didn‘t put this book down once I started and immediately checked Antigone out from the library. Can‘t wait for book club. Will stay with me.
“She couldn‘t tell if he was trying to impress her, or if he was the kind of man in love with his own charm.” I am loving the prose in this book. Want to underline and save so many turns of phrase. #bookandcoffee
I can‘t wait to get started on this one. One of my IRL book club‘s picks for February. And it matches my bullet journal which also makes me happy.
1.Terrible terrible book with more ridiculous coincidences than a centuries old Greek.play and an ending ripped off from 'Dil se'
2.My husband packs my lunch!
3.When my mum told my best friend I was sad he hadn't called me when I was ill!
4.Citrus,vanilla,lavender and the fragrance of mangoes
5.Pink Showtime- I actually totally love that!!!
Super fun game!
😮 Did not see that coming! I loved the fact extremism isn‘t depicted in this novel as a simple, black & white issue involving flat actors on either side. The characters were real and people I wanted to know about. Who are you? Such an important question for one of the principals in the end. Loved it! Now my question is whether Shamsie has published anything else?