This novel that echoes the styles of Joseph Conrad and V. S. Naipaul follows a young Guyanese engineer appointed to help save and shore up a Kent coastal village's sea defenses, and his relationship with the old woman with whom he lodges. Learning more about the village's history through his relationship with Mrs. Rutherford, the narrator discovers that underlying the village's Englishness is a latent violence that echoes the imperial past, forcing him to not only reconsider his perceptions of himself and his native Guyana, but also to examine the connection between land and memory.
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Review: DisappearanceUser Review - Paul - Goodreads
Most of the reviews about this book complain that it is slow and nothing happens. It is true that the pace is languid and that there is very little action. However there is a great deal going on ... Read full review
Review: DisappearanceUser Review - Sonja - Goodreads
This was extremely boring. It took me about two weeks to read, even though it's only 150 pages long. I usually just consume books in a matter of days, but this was really hard. I would have given up ... Read full review