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A Distant Shore - Caryl Phillips

Paperback Published: 1st April 2004
ISBN: 9780099428886
Number Of Pages: 320

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The English village is a place where people come to lick their wounds. Dorothy has walked away from a bad thirty year marriage, an affair gone sour and a dangerous obsession. Between her visits to the doctor and the music lessons she gives to bored teenagers, she is trying to rebuild her life. It is not immediately clear why her neighbour, Solomon, is living in the village, but his African origin suggests a complex history that is at odds with his dull routine of washing the car and making short trips to the supermarket. Though all he has in common with the English is a shared language, it soon becomes clear that Solomon hopes that his new country will provide him with a safe haven. Gradually they establish a form of comfort in each other's presence that alleviates the isolation they both feel.

Industry Reviews

"A Distant Shore is a distillation of everything that makes Phillips's work so impressive: lucid, deceptively simple prose combined with huge ideas and complex emotions... One of those rare novels which successfully examines vast themes through the prism of small lives" * Time Out *
"Suspenseful, atmospheric, adventurous" * Independent *
"Phillips's clever novel about a society under increasing pressure to change won't fail to impress" * Sunday Express *
"This is literary fiction at its very best - a gripping, character-driven novel that portrays the malaise of a whole society through the stories of two individuals" * Sunday Tribune *
"One of the literary giants of our time" * New York Times *

ISBN: 9780099428886
ISBN-10: 0099428881
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.1  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1

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