Cereus Blooms At Night (Paperback)
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Cereus Blooms At Night (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 01/04/1999
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In Cereus Blooms by Night Shani Mootoo leads us gently into the heart and mind of old Mala Ramchandin as, lying mad in a hospital bed tended by gay male nurse Tyler, she recounts her tragic history via a stream of demented ramblings. As the story of her descent into madness unfolds and the bond between the crazy woman and the gay man develops and strengthens, so too does the desire of the reader to understand the sights, sounds, smells and emotions that fashioned the young Mala's destiny. Through the magic of Mootoo's prose and the richness of her dialogue we are transported to the small Caribbean town of Paradise at the moment a scandal that has been evolving for a lifetime is uncovered. Cereus Blooms by Night is a stunning first novel from an author with an enviable talent for luscious writing that makes the reader see, feel and believe in the lives of the people and places she describes.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781862072497
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 210 g
Dimensions: 198 x 131 x 17 mm


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An unforgettable story, it tells of a demented old woman's past, as discovered by her male nurse. Set on a tiny Caribbean island, where the scent of flowers and the buzz of insects thicken the air, it announces Mootoo as a notable talent who discards convention as she touches on issues of identity, fear and devotion. * Scotland on Sunday *
Funny, tender, shocking and young, Cereus Bloom at Night has at its heart a cry of pain and sacrifice but also a glimmer of the promise of redemption. * Mail on Sunday *
Her readers are taken on a fabulous journey and awake refreshed as if from a deep dream-filled sleep. * Sunday Telegraph *
Simply outstanding * Literary Review *

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