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In a Strange Room - Damon Galgut
In a Strange Room
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A finalist for the 2010 Man Booker Prize In this newest novel from South African writer Damon Galgut, a young loner travels across eastern Africa, Europe, and India. Unsure what he's after, and reluctant to return home, he follows the paths of travelers he meets along the way. Treated as a lover,... show more
A finalist for the 2010 Man Booker Prize In this newest novel from South African writer Damon Galgut, a young loner travels across eastern Africa, Europe, and India. Unsure what he's after, and reluctant to return home, he follows the paths of travelers he meets along the way. Treated as a lover, a follower, a guardian, each new encounter-with an enigmatic stranger, a group of careless backpackers, a woman on the verge-leads him closer to confronting his own identity. Traversing the quiet of wilderness and the frenzy of border crossings, every new direction is tinged with surmounting mourning, as he is propelled toward a tragic conclusion. In a Strange Room is a brilliant, stylish novel of anger and compassion, longing and thwarted desire, and a hauntingly beautiful evocation of life on the road. First published in The Paris Review in three parts, one of which was selected for a National Magazine Award, and another for the O. Henry Prize, In a Strange Room was shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781609450113 (1609450116)
Publisher: Europa Editions
Pages no: 207
Edition language: English
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Boston Bibliophile
Boston Bibliophile rated it
5.0 In a Strange Room
This is an extraordinarily beautiful book. The first two sections are quiet and luminous, then Galgut kicks it in to high gear for the searing drama of the third. The book presents itself as a novel but is more like interconnected novellas; the third story in particular could stand on its own. I fel...
The House That Books Built
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2.0 In a Strange Room
I found this unbearably bleak..
June's Room
June's Room rated it
2.0 In a Strange Room
I found this unbearably bleak..
crstarlette
crstarlette rated it
Rather than describing the clear, unquestionable picture seen by an invisible spectator - following the characters, seeing everything first hand and in the moment - Galgut lets us look into his brain and watch his hazy, indefinite, disconnected memories - an effect achieved in part through alternate...
Stacia's books
Stacia's books rated it
I finished In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut. Wow. The book centers on a fictional character, yet Galgut refers to him as both 'he' and 'I' at various points in the text, making it feel like it's really not fiction at all, but rather autobiographical. It also makes you feel close to the main charact...
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