The In-Between World of Vikram Lall

The In-Between World of Vikram Lall

by M. G. Vassanji
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The In-Between World of Vikram Lall by M. G. Vassanji

M. G. Vassanji, author of The Book of Secrets, winner of the first Giller prize, brings us a novel that is rich in sensuous detail and political insight, and brilliantly captures the tyranny of history and memory, and questions one's role and responsibility in lawless times.

Born in colonial Kenya, Vikram Lall comes of age at the same moment as the colony, which in 1953 is celebrating the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II even as the Mau Mau independence movement is challenging British rule. But while Kenya is being torn apart by idealism, doubt and violent political upheaval, Vic and his sister Deepa begin to search for their place in the world. Neither colonists nor African, neither white nor black, the Indian brother and sister find themselves somewhere in between in their band of playmates: Bill and Annie, British children, and Njoroge, an African boy. These are the friendships that will haunt the rest of their lives.

We follow Vic from a changing Africa in the fifties, to the sixties -- a time of immense promise. But when that hope is betrayed by the corruption and fear of the seventies and eighties, Vic finds himself drawn into the Kenyatta government's orbit of graft and power-brokering. Njoroge, on the other hand, can abandon neither the idealism of his youth nor his love for Deepa, coerced into marrying within her Indian community. But neither the cynicism of the one nor the idealism of the other can avert the tragedies that await.

Acute and bittersweet, The In-between World of Vikram Lall is told in the voice of the exiled Vic as he contemplates from the shores of Lake Ontario the tides that have brought him so far from home and thepossibility that even as history was shaping him, he has had a hand in altering its course.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385659901
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Publication date: 09/30/2003
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.54(w) x 9.51(h) x 1.36(d)

About the Author

M.G. Vassanji was born in Kenya, and raised in Tanzania. He took a doctorate in physics at M.I.T. and came to Canada in 1978. While working as a research associate and lecturer at the University of Toronto in the 1980s he began to dedicate himself seriously to a longstanding passion: writing.His first novel, The Gunny Sack, won a regional Commonwealth Writers Prize, and he was invited to be writer-in-residence at the University of Iowa. The novel’s success was a spur, Vassanji has commented: “It was translated into several languages. I was confident that this was what I could do, that writing was not just wishful thinking. In 1989 I quit my full-time job and began researching The Book of Secrets.” That celebrated, bestselling novel won the inaugural Giller Prize, in 1994.Vassanji’s other books include the acclaimed novels No New Land (1991) and Amriika (1999), and Uhuru Street (1991), a collection of stories. His unique place in Canadian literature comes from his elegant, classical style, his narrative reach, and his interest in characters trying to reconcile different worlds within themselves. The subtle relations of the past and present are also constants in his writing: “When someone asks you where you are from or who you are, there is a whole resume of who you are. I know very few people who do not have a past to explain. That awareness is part of my work.”M.G. Vassanji was awarded the Harbourfront Festival Prize in 1994 in recognition of his achievement in and contribution to the world of letters, and was in the same year chosen as one of twelve Canadians on Maclean’s Honour Roll. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons.

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ashleighbh More than 1 year ago
I have shared this book with 4 friends and actually had to rebuy just to keep a copy! I really appreciated the depth of the characters, I felt like I was walking through life with them. I had to take a breather from beginning a new book after finishing this one. It took me a few days to mull this over, let it all sink in and move on. I actually lent it to my neighbor just so I would have someone to talk with about it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vassanji's richly detailed and thoroughly engrossing style of prose alone makes this novel worth reading; the story itself is a bonus. The nuances of culture, the clashes of generations, the ambiguities of being a native but also a foreigner, the machinations of the political process, the search for identity, and the quest for redemption are all beautifully addressed in this novel. There is not one thing that this novel is about; indeed, it is a novel of Kenya during it's tumultous jettison into independence, a novel of inter-racial love and friendship, a novel of familial obligation, and a novel of coming to terms with one's life. I heartily recommend this novel to anyone interested in a good story, East Africa, Indian culture, or simply savoring the English language as a work of art.
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