The Kashmir Shawl – Rosie Thomas

I can’t believe 2016 has nearly finished! This year has definitely been good to me in terms of career and finding my path in life so I will be sad to say bye to it but bring on 2017! As this is my last post of 2016 I thought I’d finish off with a book I’ve just read.

I bought The Kashmir Shawl from Amazon because I needed to buy enough to qualify for free delivery but who’d have thought that a random purchase would be one of my best reads on the year! Its written by Rosie Thomas who’s novels I’ve not read yet however after this one I’ll be sure to give her a try. The story has many different settings; Leh, Ladakh, Kashmir, Wales, Switzerland and Dehli and the descriptions throughout make me feel as though I am in these places and friends with the characters which are what make a good read worth it, for me.

As I’ve recently been to India I was intrigued to read something written by a non-Indian and see their perspective on a country which has so much to offer and so many different stories within it. The fact that the book was literally about a shawl is interesting but at the same time vague – how can one shawl tell a story worth 400 or so pages? Whose story is it? Will it end happily? As much as I hate to admit this, I love happy endings – some stories deserve them more than others and without giving too much away this story did have a happy ending – of sorts. Around halfway through the book whilst it was still in 1940s india following Nerys and her group of friends I was wondering when it would end because there were so many open narratives which needed to be concluded for the reader to feel satisfied. I have mixed feelings about the ending but I’ll leave that for the next reader to ponder upon!

If you plan to read this book please let me know your thoughts on the ending!

Happy 2017 xo

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