The Book of Secrets A Novel

By: Vassanji, M. G.

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Light creasing top edge of DJ.; A bright, solid book, DJ in protective Mylar sleeve, unclipped. ; 1.3 x 8.3 x 5.7 Inches; 337 pages; "This complex novel is at once a story of the British Empire in Africa and a very postmodern meditation on the allures and pitfalls of narrative. It's set in the racial melting pot of East Africa, where African, Arab, Indian, English and German cultures mesh. The plot has two major strands: the present, in which an Indian-born retired history teacher, Pius Fernandes, discovers a diary written by Alfred Corbin, an English consul stationed in British East Africa (now Kenya) in 1913; and the past of the diary entries themselves, whose gaps and omissions Fernandes imaginatively fills with his own narrative. Corbin is posted to Kikono, a small town near Mt. Kilimanjaro, where he falls in love with his housekeeper, Mariamu, a young local woman betrothed to a bumbling shopkeeper. After the marriage, she bears a son, Ali, who has suspiciously light-colored skin and gray eyes. The second part of the novel follows "dashing" Ali's adventures as a successful salesman who moves to London with his young wife, Rita, who as a girl was a student of Fernandes's?and with whom he was in love. In the present day, Rita visits Fernandes in Africa and ultimately convinces him to give up his prying into the lives of "those who've lived a little more intensely than their neighbors."

Title: The Book of Secrets A Novel

Author Name: Vassanji, M. G.

Categories: Canadian,

Edition: First American Edition; First Printing

Publisher: New York, Picador USA: 1996

ISBN Number: 0312140835

ISBN Number 13: 9780312140830

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket

Seller ID: 14250

Keywords: east africa giller prize