The Shadow King
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The Shadow King Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

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Listening Length 16 hours and 11 minutes
Author Maaza Mengiste
Narrator Robin Miles
Audible.in Release Date 18 February 2020
Publisher Canongate Books
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
ASIN B084G8T48Z
Best Sellers Rank #5,635 in Audible Audiobooks & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Audiobooks & Originals)
#278 in Literary Fiction
#5,032 in Historical Fiction (Books)

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Reviewed in India on 7 December 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book is in neat condition.
By Dilip Maity on 7 December 2020
I am yet to read this one. This review is about the condition of the book. It arrived neat, and without any kind of crease on its cover. Perfect.
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Reviewed in India on 26 May 2021
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Reviewed in India on 4 January 2021
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4.0 out of 5 stars must read
By Chitra Ahanthem on 4 January 2021
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2020, The Shadow King is not an easy read if you are looking for a breezy read. This one is multi layered and will put you through loops with its deep questioning of the power that comes from gender, class, race and what war does to people, the dehumanisation that comes from the quest for glory and making a name.
Author Maaza Mengiste takes readers to unfamiliar terrain: Ethiopia in 1935 is under threat from the forces led by Mussolini and the growing fascist ideas that looks at nations being forged on the lines of race. The people of the country are outnumbered, poorly equipped but not lacking in its resistance, not even when the Emperor accepts Exile to a foreign country. The narrative on war or rather, what goes on behind a war to people who are pitted against one another gives readers an insight into the inner battles over humanity, over morality and over where women are placed. It also looks at collective and personal memory in terms of how history looks at war as the exploits of valour of men apart from the obvious tone of who is the victor.
Hirut,a central protagonist is one you are not likely to forget in a hurry: her journey from a young carefree girl to an unsure employee and one swept by the forces of history, one that will not give her or other women their due. What happens with Hirut when she is employed by Aster and then how the war places both women in the same category and yet in such marked difference due to the difference in social positions between the two is a powerful turn in the narrative. This is a book to be read with patience, one you need to contemplate and immerse yourself in.
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Becky H
4.0 out of 5 stars A very difficult read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 October 2020
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K. Hicks
5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing and memorable
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 January 2020
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David Ebsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Hats off to Maaza Mengiste!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2020
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Rachel M
5.0 out of 5 stars Start your African Literary journey
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 June 2020
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Geoff Crocker
5.0 out of 5 stars A major literary epic
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 November 2020
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