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Home Fire

Shamsie, Kamila

  21 Reviews

It really is a case of the sins of the father ... orphaned siblings Isma, Aneeka and Parvais Pasha are children of a jihadist terrorist whose history is about to shape their futures. When nineteen-year-old Parvais is lured into finding out more about their father, the fall-out ripples right up to the office of the Home Secretary.

In this original re-telling of Sophocles' Antigone, Ancient Greece is replaced with contemporary Britain, but the challenges of family, identity and divided loyalties remain, enhanced by a sensitive exploration of the mechanism of radicalisation. [Larger font]

Pages
260
Year
2017

Reviews

PALMN 029
23-04-2024
Great characters - each one is written so uniquely - their motivations are surprising but seem to make sense. It is amazing that the author could make a Greek tragedy make sense in the modern world. Everyone really enjoyed the book. It is a page turner.
WAIKA 011
13-07-2023
Very well-written and well received by our group. Provoked wide ranging discussion.
MAPUA 001
28-03-2023
Well-written on a difficult subject. Very perceptive about how a person can be radicalised in subtle ways. Very dramatic ending - a must-read until the last full stop. Great on many levels.
JERV 001
08-11-2022
On point messaging for the times and relevant to N.Z. as well. Many felt the language and character development not as strongly developed. Still generated much discussion around nationhood, the law, citizenship and challenged the reader about issues such as racism, tolerance and acceptance. Thought-provoking.
AUCK 285
15-08-2022
A well received book showing us a very different life viewpoint than we are used to, as well as showing us how media portrayals sway our opinions so strongly. Our initial view of those young people who travelled overseas to join Islamic jihadi groups, was that they were bad and evil - not realising that in some cases they may have been entrapped or misled... A relatively short but hard hitting novel - highly recommended.
ONAWE 001
18-05-2022
We had no meeting to discuss this book but the feedback was positive. A real 'Greek tragedy'. Very well written, well drawn characters. One of our group's most popular titles.
WHAKA 002
02-05-2022
Our group really enjoyed 'Home Fire' by Kamila Shamsie. We had lively discussions about the characters in the book and drew parallels between the current British Home Secretary ("send refugees to Rwanda") and Mr Lone, Eamonn's Dad. Kamila clearly speaks about a world she knows - that of the refugee who tries to fit in and do well in the West, and that of the Muslim extremists and their families. It is very well-written, changing focus from one character to another, and the finale is masterful.
ROTO 012
01-11-2021
Educational. A very grim outcome.
WELL 001
05-10-2021
The group enjoyed the book greatly. It was well-written, the characters were well differentiated, and the narration involving each of them was very effective. We had a wide-ranging discussion - prejudice, airport security, etc. etc. Most people signaled their intention to seek out other books by this author.
CHCH 494
15-09-2021
Very topical and relevant - led to an interesting discussion on current events. Well-written. Interesting characters, and cultural differences were well illustrated. A good read.
WELL 012
27-08-2021
We "enjoyed" it - some liked the writing style, most of us learnt something.
CHCH 422
10-08-2021
A challenging and somewhat disconcerting read with an unexpected ending. Some parallels with author's own life. An important read because of the reality of the prejudices and because we have a certain sense of isolation from much of this.
AUCK 420
26-03-2021
Those of us who read it felt it was a well-written and thought provoking novel.
NELS 022
17-03-2021
Storyline and writing really enjoyed. Well written, topical, interesting and insightful. Powerful, and we felt a true insight into issues and problems of multi-cultural racism. Psychologically dynamic divided loyalties with resulting outcomes completely understandable.
WAIHI 001
05-02-2021
Great book. Excellent writing style. The impact of war against terror on people who would love to live 'normal' lives.
PIOPIO 001
30-10-2020
Our group all enjoyed this book despite finding it disturbing at times and the ending tragic. We thought it was very well-written, felt like non-fiction as the characters were so easy to relate to, and quite an easy read. Very good discussion generated, and not many if any answers found to solve the predicaments of the individual characters.
AUCK 016
28-10-2020
Not an easy read - thoughtful writing about a different culture. Some members rated it highly - others could not get into it.
TEKAPO 001
20-10-2020
Most of the group thought it was a great read. Well-written and insightful regarding racial profiling and recruitment of terrorists; and the characters were well drawn.
WAIHEK 001
14-10-2020
A thought provoking read, with insight into the 'extremist' world, and how they recruit new members in by subversive 'grooming'. It was well-written and very absorbing, and a heartbreaking end!
NELS 062
11-08-2020
Gripping, topical, confronting and enjoyable.
OXF 002
01-06-2019
Most unusual for all 12 members of our group to give this book a 5 star rating. A rather disturbing insight into how a young person can be coerced into joining an extreme and radical group. Strong characters and some very sad moments. Highly recommend this book. We also enjoyed the connection to Sophocles "Antigone".