How we are hungry by Dave Eggers

The Hamilton Case by Michelle de Kretser

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The place is Ceylon, the time the 1930s. Set amid tea plantations and jungle, decay, corruption and the backwash of empire. Sam Obeysekere, 'obey' by name and by nature, is a Ceylonese lawyer, a perfect product of empire. His family once had wealth and influence but starts to crack open as political change comes to the island, and Sam's glamorous father dies leaving gambling debts. But the Obeysekeres' troubles reach back into the past, when a baby was found dead in his cot. And at the heart of the novel is the Hamilton Case, a murder-scandal that shakes the upper echelons of island society. Sam's involvement in it makes his name but sets his life on course for disappointment. Full of irresistible characters: Sam himself, a triumph of ambivalence, resentment and pathos; his beautiful, unstable sister; his flamboyant mother Maud, this is a sinuous, constantly surprising tale. It paints a haunting picture of the end of an era, suffused with 'the unbearable thought that everything might have been different ...' This 2003 Alfred a Knopf Paperback is in Very Good condition.

ISBN: 9781740511971 SKU: 1300236 Note: Any image shown is from a stock photo and is not the actual book.