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The Prisoner of Paradise (Paperback)

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Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 14/02/2013
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Lucy Gladwell arrives in Mauritius from England to live with her aunt and uncle at their grand plantation house. Under the surface of this beautiful island paradise, poised between India and Africa, there is unease, and Lucy cannot help but feel discomfited by the restrictions she sees around her, and by the strangely attractive Don Lambodar, a young translator from Ceylon. It is 1825: the age of slavery is coming to its messy end, and word is lapping against the shores of the island of a charismatic new Indian leader who will shine the light of liberty. For Lucy, for Don, for everyone on the island, a devastating storm is coming...

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408830376
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 327 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm


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Gunesekera's lush descriptions make you see and smell the island and feel its hot, damp air on your skin * Spectator *
A terrific read: pacy, political, moral, atmospheric and yes, definitely romantic ...The film is waiting to be made. It's all there: an inverted but murky Pride and Prejudice, paradise spoilt, ill-fated lovers, rascals, imperial wickedness, the cunning of natives, plots and melees and a host of fabulous flowers ... Exquisite prose awakens all the senses -- Yasmin Alibhai-Brown * Independent *
Gunesekera is strikingly adept at delineating the landscape of rootlessness ... [He] has a gentle, generous, deceptively light touch * Sunday Times *
Gunesekera's mellifluous prose alone is worth the price of admission. His description here of a first kiss has surely never been bettered * Daily Mail *
Gunesekera's storytelling is languorous, atmospheric, imagistic * Guardian *
Seriously and movingly, The Prisoner of Paradise contains a very modern message: a plea for the book. It has as much to say about writing as it has about love and colonial misery ... Here are the genuine answers, colourful, arresting, fresh and enormous as any opera -- Todd McEwan * Glasgow Herald *
In this blisteringly lucid novel, it's as if Jane Austen, John Keats, Charles Dickens and even William Burroughs have clubbed together to render a masterful double-take on the 19th century's own ideas of romance and empire, rendered in a colossally skilful, flexible hybrid of the best of English prose and prosody * Herald Scotland *

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