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A single lighted match banishes Triton from his father's home to the employ of Mister Salgado, a marine biologist obsessed by swamps, sea movements and a Sri Lankan island's disappearing reef. Stranded in London years later, Triton plumbs the depths of his childhood memories - a period of brewing political, ethical and religious turmoil - and brings us to understand how he has navigated this brave new world, which once lost will haunt him forever. Gunesekera's debut novel, short-listed for the Booker Prize, is a haunting and elegiac love-story set in a spoiled paradise, which continues to be as vital and relevant as ever. Re-printed by Granta in a beautiful new edition.There is money in the biscuit tin to get something from the kadea#39;, a#39; she said, tying up her belongings in an old tablecloth. ... but instead I waited at the gate, as far away as possible from the house, and rubbed my elephant-hair bracelet for good anbsp;...

Author:Romesh Gunesekera
Publisher:Granta Books - 2011-09-01


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