The Book of Secrets: A Novel
The Book of Secrets is a spellbinding novel of generations and the sweep of history which begins in 1988 in Dar es Salaam when the 1913 diary of a British colonial officer is found in a shopkeeper’s back room. The diary enflames the curiosity of a retired schoolteacher, Pius Fernandes, whose obsession with the stories it contains gradually connects the past with the present. Inhabiting the story is a memorable cast of characters, part of an Asian community in East Africa, whose lives and fates we follow over the course of seven decades. Rich in detail and description, M. G. Vassanji’s award-winning novel magnificently conjures setting and the realm of eras past as it explores the state of living in exile from one’s home and from oneself.
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Review: The Book of SecretsUser Review - Kate - Goodreads
A really intriguing way of narrating the story from many different points of view, though it lagged in the middle for me enough to rate it down a star. Read full review
Review: The Book of SecretsUser Review - Nuala Woodham - Goodreads
Finally, after so many failed attempts to engage this book, and carting it around Europe, I've read AND enjoyed it. I read authors like MG Vassanji in order to experience life lived by other people ... Read full review