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 - Philip Lane - Goodreads
Very enjoyable short novel about 'Britishness' as seen by a visitor to England. It looks to the past and to the future and gets quite philosophical at times which really hit the spot as far as I am ... 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