The Last Gift: A Novel Hardcover – 3 May 2011
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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)
An astounding meditation on family, self and the meaning of home by the Booker-shortlisted author of DesertionSee all Product Description
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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.