The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna

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5 Critic Reviews

The Hired Man is an ingenious examination of the kind of ghosts that those with no experience of civil war are unable to see.
-Guardian

Synopsis

A powerful, haunting novel reminiscent of Coetzee, with a masterfully done unreliable narrator, hired to fix up a British family's summer house in his Croatian village; as the house comes back to life, so do secrets about the town, the war, the still-festering conflicts between the townspeople.
 

About Aminatta Forna

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Aminatta Forna is also the author ofAncestor Stones, a novel, andThe Devil That Danced on the Water, a memoir of her activist father and her country, Sierra Leone.
 
Published October 1, 2013 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 305 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Aug 28 2013

The miasma of foreboding hanging over the book is finally explained in a haunting conclusion that takes the long view. A low-key but sophisticated portrait of history—and evil—at a local level.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Sep 02 2013

This is a powerful exploration of the impact that violence has on those who suffer it and those who inflict it.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Frances Perraudin on Apr 20 2013

The Hired Man is an ingenious examination of the kind of ghosts that those with no experience of civil war are unable to see.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Alfred Hickling on Mar 27 2013

The novel is a continuation of Forna's overriding theme...though The Hired Man triumphantly proves that the story need not always remain the same.

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Financial Times

Good
Reviewed by Adrian Turpin on Apr 19 2013

The forest provides The Hired Man’s most striking imagery, from wolves snapping at the weakest in the pack, to the wild boar, once almost extinct but thriving since their hunters were driven away by war.

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