Saturday, April 23, 2005

MG Vassanji

I'm impressed by The In- Between World of Vikram Lall by MG Vassanji so I thought I would find out a bit more about him. I seem to like books written by East Indian authors. I don't know whether this is because I have East Indian friends, because I met quite a few in Trinidad, or just because I happen to like the themes they write about. This book reminds me in some ways of Alistair McLean's book in its themes of immigrant families and the tie to the place, to the land they grow up in as well as the connection to an earlier homeland.

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Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,
A medley of extemporanea;
And love is a thing that can never go wrong;
And I am Marie of Romania.
Dorothy Parker, Not So Deep as a Well (1937)