A God in Every Stone
is a novel by Kamila Shamsie. To accompany the publication of the novel
Kamila has released a gorgeous interactive map featuring some of the
important locations in the novel.
A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie – review
The bonds between Pashtun men – in Flanders and during the struggle for Indian independence – are captured in this wartime story of a London archaeologist’s travels to Peshawar
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The novel takes place in the early
20th Century. However artifacts and events from the Persian Empire impinge on the plot and the interactive map reflects this with three different maps representing different eras of history.
The map uses the Google Maps API and the Leaflet mapping library with
some gorgeous custom map tiles. I love the fading in and out of the
different custom map tiles on the map. Use the links at the bottom right
of the map to switch between the map tiles. Clicking on the markers
also switches the map tiles when they relate to a particular era covered
in the novel.
There are some interesting experiments going on displaying 3d building views with OpenStreetMap data. Mapzen’s new Vector Tiles map demo shows building footprints at lower zoom levels and some impressive 3d buildings when you zoom in on the map.
The map includes a number of controls to change the perspective of the
map view, to change the lighting effects and to add various effects to
the map (check out the ‘elevator’ view). You can import the 3d buildings into your own maps by using the Mapzen Vector Tile Service API.
It is a near way to visualize your Google location history or Flickr
albums as a mapped timeline. Add a link to your Google location history
or a geotagged Flickr album and you can immediately create an impressive
A chronological series of circular static Google Maps creates a visual
timeline of your check-ins or photos. Mouse-over any of the circular
maps and one line is drawn from the map to its date in the timeline and
another line appears to show its location on a larger map.
You can control the look of your timeline visualization by selecting a
date-range. You can also control the level of zoom in the circular maps
by selecting from Street, Neighbourhood, City, Region, or Country views.
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Kamila Shamsie’s new novel deals with vast sweeps of history. Within its 300 pages, a story unfolds that covers the travels of the fifth-century BCE explorer Scylax, working on behalf of the Persian king Darius I; an attempt by early 20th-century archaeologists to recover the circlet worn by Scylax; the outbreak of the first world war; the experiences of Indian Army troops on the western front and later as injured servicemen in Brighton hospitals; the rise of the non-violent independence movement in Peshawar and the bloody killing of non-violent protesters by the British Army in 1930, in Peshawar’s Qissa Khwani Bazaar.
The story follows a young Londoner, Vivian Rose Spencer, from an archaeological dig in Turkey back to Britain where she works as a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse during the first world war. After a crucial betrayal, she travels on to Peshawar. At the same time, the Pashtun soldier Qayyum Gul goes to Flanders with the 40th Pathans, who fought heroically and suffered devastating casualties during the second battle of Ypres in April 1915. Wounded, Qayyum is treated in Brighton before returning home to Peshawar to wrestle with his injuries and changed loyalties. Qayyum’s brilliant younger brother, Najeeb, completes the circle by becoming Vivian’s pupil, and later an archaeologist and “campaigner for the freedom from Empire for the peoples of India and Britain”. On its way, A God in Every Stone takes in British women’s battle for suffrage and the prelude to the Armenian genocide.
A novel that successfully connects and brings to life such a mass of material must be exceptionally brilliant, and possibly quite long. A God in Every Stone is an ambitious piece of work, and its pages are lit by Shamsie’s eloquent prose. Her feeling for place is sensitive and sometimes exquisite. The flowering orchards of Peshawar are as vivid as the blood hosed by firemen from the streets of Qissa Khwani Bazaar.
However, when it comes to character and event, it is often easier to see what Shamsie is aiming at than to feel the arrows of her intentions hitting their target. At times the novel makes gestures towards key moments of history rather than creating an imaginative embodiment of these events. The texture of VAD nurses’ lives during the first world war has been viscerally conveyed by writers such as Irene Rathbone and Vera Brittain. Shamsie presents Vivian as a VAD, but her hospital experiences are too stereotyped to be convincing. The arrival of the 40th Pathans in France and their experiences in the trenches also need more heft. This is not just a matter of detail, but of closeness to the fictional individual. Mulk Raj Anand’s Across the Black Waters, for example, immerses the reader in the jagged observations, bewilderment, questioning and excitement of Lalu and the other sepoys as their ship docks and they prepare to travel to the front. Through such precision, the particular truly acquires a universal reach.
There are some minor errors. The name of the historical figure Captain JFC Dalmahoy, who died leading his company of the 40th Pathans on 26 April 1915, is spelled in two different ways in the novel. Both are incorrect. The first line of Paul Rubens’ recruiting song “Your King and Country Want You” is misquoted. These small points are worth putting right, because in a novel with such a wide range, the reader must trust the writer’s research.