A distant shore. by Caryl. Phillips

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Dorothy is a retired schoolteacher who has recently moved to a housing estate in a small village. Solomon is a night-watchman, an immigrant from an unnamed country in Africa. Each is desperate for love. And yet each harbors secrets that may make attaining it impossible.
With breathtaking assurance and compassion, Caryl Phillips retraces the paths that lead Dorothy and Solomon to their meeting point: her failed marriage and ruinous obsession with a younger man, the horrors he witnessed as a soldier in his disintegrating native land, and the cruelty he encounters as a stranger in his new one. Intimate and panoramic, measured and shattering, A Distant Shore charts the oceanic expanses that separate people from their homes, their hearts, and their selves.

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About Caryl. Phillips

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Caryl Phillips was born in St. Kitts, West Indies. Brought up in England, he has written for television, radio, theater, and film. He is the author of three books of nonfiction, The European Tribe, The Atlantic Sound, and A New World Order, and six novels, The Final Passage, A State of Independence, Higher Ground, Cambridge, Crossing the River, and The Nature of Blood, and has edited two anthologies, Extravagant Strangers and The Right Set. His awards include the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Phillips lives in New York.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 290 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Dorothy Jones comes perilously close in some ways to Blanche Dubois without the guts, but her surroundings are perfectly rendered, and Solomon is drawn with Phillips’s accustomed precision and depth, and, with the calm, cool understanding of the reality of racial foolishness, it’s enough to tip t...

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It is this loneliness that seems to be the most brutal aspect of the England that Phillips is trying to convey to us, a loneliness that was the first thing that Solomon noticed as he saw England from the window of a police van: "It is strange, but nobody is looking at anybody else, and it would a...

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As Dorothy herself says, in a note to one of her married lovers: "Abandonment is a state that is not alien to man."

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In Caryl Phillips' powerful seventh novel, A Distant Shore, the West Indian-born, British-bred author presents a Greek tragedy set in modern England.

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