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The Last Gift: A Novel Hardcover – 3 May 2011

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (3 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747599947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747599944
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,578,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR ABDULRAZAK GURNAH:

'Abdulrazak Gurnah is a captivating storyteller, with a voice both lyrical and mordant, and an oeuvre haunted by memory and loss' (Guardian)

'Gurnah has some of the sharpness and clarity of VS Naipaul and more than a dash of Ben Okri's measured poetic diction' (New Statesman)

'As always with Gurnah's writing, you relish his juxtapositions of beauty and bitterness, political edge and personal pain, betrayal and resilience' (Michele Roberts)

'Gurnah writes beautifully, with the satisfying assurance of someone who knows how to achieve his effects without undue fuss but with absolute precision' (Daily Telegraph)

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An astounding meditation on family, self and the meaning of home by the Booker-shortlisted author of Desertion

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Abbas met his wife Maryam when he was 34 and she was 17 in Exeter. They have two children both of whom have left home, Hanna and Jamal. Neither has ever told either child anything about their lives before they were married. Nor it would seem has either of them ever told the other one anything about their lives before they met one another. Certainly Abbas has not done so. Now with Abbas' health giving out, his "last gift" is that narrative of his early life. And Maryam too tells her childre about life before marriage. And meanwhile, both children experience developments in their love lives and in their social lives.

The dust jacket promises "an astounding meditation on family, self and culture, and the meaning of home". For me, the book did not deliver on that promise. It's different - these are not the kind of lives I've read about in other novels. But the secrets don't explain the family life of this family or the individual developments in their lives away from home. Nor do they resolve anything: they are just revealed; and life goes on. Some of the parts are interesting, but the whole does not cohere. So, overall: a little disappointing.
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A quietly subtle and intelligent study of immigrant experience and family relationships.
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This was a wonderful novel. So many families leave things unsaid and then lose the opportunity to say them.
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An okay read. Chosen for my book reading group. I persevered but didn't particularly enjoy it.
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