The Sandglass

Romesh Gunesekera

Verlag: Penguin Books India, 2000
ISBN 10: 0140285229 / ISBN 13: 9780140285222
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From the author of Reef, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, comes a stunning new novel and a masterpiece of storytelling. Profoundly moving and often sharply funny, The Sandglass unravels the many stories of transformation, disappearance and loss that haunt the Ducal family from the moment Pearl?s husband purchases his dream-house?Arcadia?which lies at the centre of both the Vatunas estate and a bitter feud. It follows Pearl?s courageous flight from her homeland and traces the consequences of her children?s efforts to find their own dreamlands in England, America and modern-day Sri Lanka. The Sandglass is an intricate novel of love and longing that transforms the world we know into one we wish to know more about; a world in which hope has to survive the darkest truths. Printed Pages: 280. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 21164

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Inhaltsangabe: From Booker Prize finalist Romesh Gunesekera comes a novel praised as "exquisite" (Time magazine) and "utterly engaging...romantic, mysterious, and laced with a sense of yearning." (Marie Claire)

"With the same dreamlike, subdued, sinister voice that won him a Booker Prize nomination for his 1994 novel, Reef, Gunesekera travels between 1950s Sri Lanka and present-day London, tracing the intertwined lives of two rival families--through their rising and falling fortunes, death, and a mysterious disappearance."--Entertainment Weekly

"A beautifully crafted novel of two warring families in contemporary Sri Lanka. Like the reluctant confession of a wayward spouse, the truth of the tale here is learned incrementally, teased out by inference and gradual revelation--elegiac in mood and rich in evocation of character and setting [The Sandglass] gracefully limns the origins of a domestic--and national--tragedy."--Kirkus Reviews

"Behind the narrative's deft and subtle interweaving of elaborate histories and fugitive memories, crashed dreams and moments of promise, there lie strong echoes of Thomas Hardy's poetry with its delicate images of remembered pleasures and visions of despoiling loss--the Sri Lankan episodes are often Dickensian in their blend of comedy and menace, the English scenes are touched almost everywhere with lyricism and sensuousness."--Times Literary Supplement

"Gunesekera has conjured up a sense of tragedy and fate, an endemic evil that speaks to us of something larger than the conscious enmity of two families."--Los Angeles Times

"Totally engrossing...a brave, beautiful novel."--Sunday Telegraph

Review: In Romesh Gunesekera's fine second novel, the tragedy of strife-torn Sri Lanka is encapsulated in the fates of two warring families. The Sandglass begins in 1993 as the narrator, Chip, sits in a hotel room in Colombo, worrying about Prins Ducal, a friend who has gone into hiding. "In every place I have been ... I seem to end up in a low-lit hotel room going over the story of Prins and Pearl--the whole Ducal family and the scheming Vatunases, who seem forever coiled around them--trying to untangle the truth from the worlds I found hidden in Pearl's battered biscuit tin, the weatherproof journal of jottings Prins sent me, and the orphaned fragments of my absent past." Having set up the mystery, Gunesekera proceeds to unravel it slowly, hopping back a few months to the death of the Ducal matriarch in her London apartment, then further still, to 1975, the year Chip first meets her. He has come to London from Sri Lanka to make his fortune and is staying with Pearl in Prins's old room. It isn't long before the widowed Pearl begins to tell her family story. "The trouble started when he got that tomfool idea into his head about owning a house," Pearl announces. "He" is her husband, Jason, dead for 40 years, possibly murdered. The house he bought in Colombo happened to be next door to the wealthy Vatunas family, and from the day the Ducals moved in, they were never to have a moment of good luck. Moving back and forth in time, Gunesekera slowly unfolds his tale of secrecy, betrayal, and loss as Prins and Chip work together to discover exactly how Jason Ducal died--and why.

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Titel: The Sandglass
Verlag: Penguin Books India
Erscheinungsdatum: 2000
Einband: Softcover
Zustand: New

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Buchbeschreibung Riverhead Trade, 01.11.1999., 1999. Buchzustand: Gut. 278 Seiten Sofortversand! Gutes Exemplar, geringe Gebrauchsspuren, Cover/SU berieben/bestoßen, Schnitt/Papier nachgedunkelt, innen alles in Ordnung; good – edges/text pages yellowed/darkened Immediate delivery in bubble wrap envelope! Good copy, light signs of previous use, cover/dust jacket has some rubbing/wear (along the edges), edges/text pages show yellowing/darkening, interior in good condition 160502ao06 ISBN: 9781573227582 Alle Preise inkl. MwST Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 293 19,8 x 13,0 x 2,0 cm, Taschenbuch. Artikel-Nr. 371119

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Verlag: The New Press, (1998)
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Buchbeschreibung The New Press, 1998. Gebundene Ausgabe. Buchzustand: Gut. 288 Seiten englische Ausgabe, 1998 The New Press, gebundene Ausgabe, 278 Seiten, Kapitale bestoßen, in sehr gutem Zustand Interne Angebotsnummer: 1124QF1I451 LI-3443 24.11.2016 9781565844841 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 390. Artikel-Nr. 38084

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