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'But it is as if I have broken some chain. And a rich swelling outwards of pleasure comes with being alive. Is this a beginning? Can I take the risk?' So begins the adventures of Boy; young, inexperienced, frustrated by his parents and the cloistered life he has led. One morning, while coming to terms with the fact that he has failed his school exams, his mother sends him to get marijuana for a festival. What should have been a simple errand suddenly becomes a spectacular journey of self-discovery. Travelling through the lush Mauritian landscape, filled with gnarled old mango trees, endless sugar cane fields, magnificent sunsets, and eerie, mysterious meanings, Boy confronts the dangers and deceits of the adult world, and with it the possibilities and the terror of freedom. Touching and exuberant, this is a wonderful story of courage, love and more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 14mm | 176g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747574677
  • 9780747574675
  • 1,252,468

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'A masterful storyteller' Independent 'For the real Mauritius, chuck away the brochures and read Lindsey Collen' Mail and Guardian 'How Collen does throw language about! ... Real talent, which this is, sweeps everything before it' Mail on Sunday 'Set amidst exotic Mauritian scenery, Lindsey Collen's strong narrative draws the reader into Krish's world as it is turned upside down' Inkshow more

About Lindsey Collen

Lindsey Collen was born in South Africa and lives in Mauritius. She is the acclaimed author of There is a Tide, The Rape of Sita, Getting Rid of It and more

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11 ratings
3.36 out of 5 stars
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4 27% (3)
3 36% (4)
2 9% (1)
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