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A beautifully written, unforgettable novel of a troubled marriage, set against the lush landscape and political turmoil of Trinidad. Monique Roffey's Orange Prize-shortlisted novel is a gripping portrait of post-colonialism that stands among great works by Caribbean writers like Jamaica Kincaid and Andrea Levy. When George and Sabine Harwood arrive in Trinidad from England, George is immediately seduced by the beguiling island, while Sabine feels isolated, heat-fatigued, and ill-at-ease. As they adapt to new circumstances, their marriage endures for better or worse, despite growing political unrest and racial tensions that affect their daily lives. But when George finds a cache of letters that Sabine has hidden from him, the discovery sets off a devastating series of consequences as other secrets begin to emerge.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Crystal on 10-31-12


There were aspects of this book that were very good. Ultimately, it is a book about regret. It was neither uplifting, nor particularly thought-provoking. Rather, the main character appeared to devolve, rather than evolve. She spent her entire youth complaining - which made it difficult to like her. The husband was perpetually deaf to the vast unhappiness of his beloved wife, which made it difficult to like him as well. Both children were tedious. This could have been a great book - but missed the mark.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tee Bellflower on 05-08-12

Hot, Tropical Escape (and sad it is over)

I listen to a lot of audiobooks. A LOT. And I have never, ever reached the end and immediately started it over again. I simply loved this story and mourned the ending...I want more! Superb writing paired with excellent narration brought all the characters to life. Brought the island to life. A very human and flawed, yet sympathetic cast. Starts just a tad slow, and the Trinidadian accent can be tricky (if you aren't accustomed, like me), but stick with it. Look forward to more from this author.

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