The Sandglass

The Sandglass

Book - 1998
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Random House, Inc.
When Prins Ducal arrives in London for his mother Pearl's funeral, he is full not only of grief but of unanswered questions about the past. Among the secrets that his mother has taken with her to the grave is the mystery of his father's much-publicized "accidental death" nearly forty years earlier. Memories bubble slowly to the surface as he tries to uncover the truth with his friend Chip who, as Pearl's ex-lodger and confidant, has assumed the role of keeper of the Ducals' secrets.

Profoundly moving and often sharply funny, The Sandglass unravels the many stories of transformation, disappearance and loss that haunt the Ducal family from the moment Pearl's husband purchases his dream house -- Arcadia -- which lies at the centre of both the Vatunas Estate and a bitter feud.

The Sandglass is an intricate novel of the love and longing that transform the world we know into one we wish to know more about; a world in which hope has to survive the darkest truths.

Blackwell North Amer
Set in London where the Sri Lankan narrator lives, The Sandglass tells the story of two feuding families whose lives are interlinked by the changing fortunes of post-colonial Sri Lanka. Gunesekera brings to life Prins Ducal and his search for answers concerning his family's past in Sri Lanka, including his father's rise to wealth, rivalry with the Vatunas family, and suspect death - a mystery that further unfolds upon Prins's arrival in London for his mother's funeral.

Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, c1998
Description: 278 p. ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9780385258128
Branch Call Number: Gune


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