The In-Between World of Vikram Lall

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 384 pages
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Vikram Lall comes of age in 1950s Kenya, at the same time that the colony is struggling towards independence. Against the unsettling backdrop of Mau Mau violence, Vic and his sister Deepa, the grandchildren of an Indian railroad worker, search for their place in a world sharply divided between Kenyans and the British. We follow Vic from a changing Africa in the fifties, to the hope of the sixties, and through the corruption and fear of the seventies and eighties. Hauntingly told in the voice of the now exiled Vic, The In-Between World of Vikram Lall is an acute and bittersweet novel of identity and family, of lost love and abiding friendship, and of the insidious legacy of the British Empire.


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This book is another worthy winner of the prestigious Giller Prize. It won the award in 2003. It is written by an author that really knows how to tell a story. The story spans 4 decades of time and is ... Read full review

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This is one of my favourite books. Vassanji somehow fills the novel with a sense of foreboding, each chapter seeming to inch closer to some kind of ugly truth. As others have mentioned, the narrator ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
15
Section 3
28
Section 4
41
Section 5
56
Section 6
78
Section 7
90
Section 8
103
Section 18
211
Section 19
218
Section 20
133
Section 21
146
Section 22
152
Section 23
162
Section 24
173
Section 25
184

Section 9
115
Section 10
128
Section 11
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Section 12
153
Section 13
164
Section 14
172
Section 15
181
Section 16
192
Section 17
200
Section 26
193
Section 27
308
Section 28
320
Section 29
330
Section 30
343
Section 31
351
Section 32
371
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Page 4 - Who is the third who walks always beside you?
Page 8 - To me has been artributed the emptying of a large part of my troubled country's treasury in recent years. I head my country's List of Shame.
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About the author (2007)

M.G. Vassanji was born in Kenya, and raised in Tanzania. He took a doctorate in physics at M.I.T. and came to Canada in 1978. While working as a research associate and lecturer at the University of Toronto in the 1980s he began to dedicate himself seriously to a longstanding passion: writing.His first novel, The Gunny Sack, won a regional Commonwealth Writers Prize, and he was invited to be writer-in-residence at the University of Iowa. The novel’s success was a spur, Vassanji has commented: “It was translated into several languages. I was confident that this was what I could do, that writing was not just wishful thinking. In 1989 I quit my full-time job and began researching The Book of Secrets.” That celebrated, bestselling novel won the inaugural Giller Prize, in 1994.Vassanji’s other books include the acclaimed novels No New Land (1991) and Amriika (1999), and Uhuru Street (1991), a collection of stories. His unique place in Canadian literature comes from his elegant, classical style, his narrative reach, and his interest in characters trying to reconcile different worlds within themselves. The subtle relations of the past and present are also constants in his writing: “When someone asks you where you are from or who you are, there is a whole resume of who you are. I know very few people who do not have a past to explain. That awareness is part of my work.”M.G. Vassanji was awarded the Harbourfront Festival Prize in 1994 in recognition of his achievement in and contribution to the world of letters, and was in the same year chosen as one of twelve Canadians on Maclean’s Honour Roll. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons.


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