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The Hamilton Case

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781740512732
Author(s): Michelle De Kretser
Format: Paperback
Year: 2004
Publisher: Random House Australia
Dimensions: 131 x 26 x 198 (w x l x h)
Pages: 384

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Murder, a moonless night, the jungle crowding close... The place is Ceylon, the decade the 1930s. Set amid tea plantations, jungle, decay, corruption and the backwash of empire, this gripping nuanced novel is narrated with perfect pitch in a voice that catches both the tragedy and the comedy of the situations of those in the novel. Sam Obeysekere, 'obey' by name and 'obey' by nature, is a Ceylonese lawyer and a perfect product of empire. His family once had wealth and influence but has started to crack open as political change comes to the island, and Sam's glamorous father dies leaving gambling debts. The Obeysekeres' troubles reach back into the past, when a sibling was found dead in his cot. At the heart of the novel is the Hamilton Case, a murder scandal that shakes the upper echelons of the island's society. Sam's involvement in it makes his name but sets his life on a course for disappointment. The Hamilton Case is full of irresistible characters. Sam is a triumph of ambivalence, resentment and pathos. His sister is beautiful and unstable. His mother Maud, flamboyant and an ex-beauty. A sinuous and 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...'

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