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Blue Bay Palace [Paperback]

Nathacha Appanah

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June 1 2009 1906300070 978-1906300074

Exposing the extremes of life in a developing country, this compelling novel of doomed love shows how poverty, class divisions, and ramshackle housing become even harder to bear when luxurious resorts and rich tourists arrive on the scene. Growing up on the island of Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean, lonely young Maya hopes that someday she might escape her poverty and find happiness in the desirable housing developments near the new hotels. When she falls in love with a man from a well-to-do family, she believes that her dream is within reach, but her hopes are shattered when her lover is too weak to defy his family and agrees to an arranged marriage to a woman from his own caste. For Maya, this is a crushing blow that turns her love into hatred and murderous madness. Only slowly does she begin to change her outlook, finally understanding that she embodies the land she comes from, with all its antagonisms, and that it is only by embracing her identity that she can catch a precious glimpse of freedom.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Aflame Books (June 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906300070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906300074
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,335,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nathacha Appanah is a journalist and the author of four prize-winning novels in her native French.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to reading more works by her March 4 2013
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Appanah's first work The Last Brother was magical. The author shows great promise. She provides us with a window to the island she grew up in, yet her themes are universal.

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