The Book of Secrets

The Book of Secrets

Book - 1997
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The Book of Secrets is a spellbinding novel of generations and the sweep of history that begins in 1988 in Dar es Salaam, when the 1913 diary of a British colonial officer is found in a shopkeeper's back room. The diary enflames the curiosity of a retired schoolteacher, Pius Fernandes, whose obsession with the stories it contains gradually connects the past with the present. Inhabiting the story is a memorable cast of characters, part of an Asian community in East Africa, whose lives and fates we follow over the course of seven decades. Rich in detail and description, M. G. Vassanji's award-winning novel magnificently conjures setting and the realm of eras past as it explores the state of living in exile from one's home and from oneself.



Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 1997, c1994
Edition: Trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780771087219
0771087217
9780771087196
0771087195
Characteristics: [339] p. : 1 map ; 22 cm

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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 18, 2014

The secret of the book reverberates down eight decades in East Africa as the pathos of thwarted love leaves a tale that begs to unfold but never really tells all.

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