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 - Kamalendu Nath - Goodreads
Quite a fascinating angle of storytelling with an unique style providing an insight into two Colonial East African countries and its select inhabitants. The story centers on settlements around the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Smits - LibraryThing
this book did not work for me. The characters felt underdeveloped and the structure left me floating around, disjointed. Read full review