Cereus Blooms at Night

Cereus Blooms at Night

Book - 1998
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Bold and lyrical, sensual and highly charged, Cereus Blooms at Night is the beautifully written, much-talked-about first novel by Shani Mootoo, one of Canada’s most exciting new literary voices.

At the core of this haunting multi-generational novel are the shifting faces of Mala – adventurer and protector, recluse, and madwoman. Related by the engaging voice of Tyler, Mala’s vivacious male caretaker at the Paradise Alms House,Cereus Blooms at Night is layered with unforgettable scenes of a world where love and treachery collide.

Publisher: Toronto : M&S, 1998, c1996
Edition: McClelland & Stewart ed
Description: 270 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780771064005
0771064004
Branch Call Number: Moot

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Apr 01, 2015

I am having an eminently hard time trying to marshal my thoughts on this book into something coherent for the written word.
It did not leave me with an obvious reason for liking it, at least not one that I can articulate with a specific set of words.

Despite it's less than palatable story matter, this is a beautiful tale. The author has a deft touch with words and description. Rather than being upset by the story or angry at ineffective characters, I ended the book with a hopeful though sad feeling for the characters and the lives they'd had and the life they still had to live.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 07, 2014

In this complex but immensely readable first novel, a remarkable cast of characters weaves a tale of colonialism, racism, love and betrayal. A wonderful vehicle for Mootoo’s incredibly mellifluous prose.

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