The Lost Child (Paperback)Caryl Phillips (author)
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Caryl Phillips's The Lost Child is a sweeping story of orphans and outcasts, haunted by the past and fighting to liberate themselves from it. At its centre is Monica Johnson, cut off from her parents after falling in love with a foreigner, and her bitter struggle to raise her sons in the shadow of the wild moors of the north of England. Intertwined with her modern narrative is the ragged childhood of Emily Bronte's Heathcliff, the anti-hero of Wuthering Heights and one of literature's most enigmatic lost boys.
Written in the tradition of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea and J.M. Coetzee's Foe, The Lost Child is a multifaceted, deeply original response to Emily Bronte's masterpiece. A critically acclaimed and sublimely talented storyteller, Phillips recovers the mysteries of the past to illuminate the predicaments of the present, getting at the heart of alienation, exile, and family by transforming a classic into a profound story that is singularly its own.
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Number of pages: 272
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm
'Phillips is a master of his prose...a writer adept at building atmosphere'.* Tribune Magazine *
'Every exchange matters, every word - spoken or unspoken - counts. That Phillips evokes this with such disquieting beauty and strength is a profound achievement.'* The Tablet *
'Phillips writes with acute insight...heart-breaking'* Independent *
'Phillips has found a way to enlist the strange energy of Emily Bronte's work and redirect it to powerful and surprising effect'* Times Literary Supplement *
'vividly re-created... fascinating. The atmosphere and language are intricately done, shifting with the decades and locales in a kind of linguistic odyssey'* Herald *
'Powerful... affecting'* Spectator *
'A literary gem... haunting'* Woman's Way *
'Bold... complex'* Sunday Times *
'The prose is as sleek as you would expect from a writer as accomplished as Phillips'* Guardian *
'This novel weaves together a series of stories featuring a cast of outsiders and orphans preoccupied by the idea of home... Expertly written and artfully crafted'* Daily Mail *
'Intricately layered...complex and compelling'* Independent *
'The account of Emily's father teaching her to shoot is very* Mail on Sunday *
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