The Impostor

The Impostor

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Adam Napier is retrenched from his not-very-interesting job and, finding his prospects bleak on all fronts, accepts an offer from his successful property developer brother to move to a small cottage in a nondescript Karoo town - where he intends to return to writing poetry, something he did with modest success as young man. One day, while buying garden implements in the town's hardware store, Adam is surprised to be recognised and accosted with extravagant delight by Canning, an old school friend who, it seems, has harboured a strong and devoted sense of connection to Adam ever since their school days. And so begins a pattern for Adam, of spending weekends at what is a lush, green, exotic oasis in the middle of a desert, with a couple who are clearly mismatched and uneasy with each other - Baby, spoilt, bored and seemingly indifferent to everything, her husband included, and Canning, as eager to impress Adam as he is to please him, and to show off his spoils and his connections with people in high places whose credentials appear dubious.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 215 pages
  • 149.86 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 294.83g
  • Penguin Books (SA) (Pty) Ltd
  • The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd
  • Parklands, South Africa
  • 0143025732
  • 9780143025733

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"Galgut has the talent to grow into one of South Africa's great literary voices, alongside its Nobel laureates, Nadine Gordimer and J. M. Coetzee." -- "Economist" "Galgut is a master of psychological tension." -- "Globe and Mail" "[The Good Doctor is] a gripping read, laced throughout with powerful emotional truth and Damon Galgut's extraordinary vision." --" Independent" "Galgut's style is as bony as the landscape he depicts, as sly and sinewy as the characters that inhabit it." -- "Times Literary Supplement" "[This] many-layered tale of friendship and betrayal proves Galgut is a worthy heir to Gordimer and Coetzee."-- "The Observer" "Like the diamonds mined in his native South Africa, Damon Galgut's The Impostor is a multi-faceted gem. . . . Like Ian McEwan, he is a master of menace." -- "Vancouver Sun" "Taut writing and a breathtaking suspense -combine to produce a spine-tingling thriller. . . . A gripping read." -- "Winnipeg Free Press" "A hugely satisfying read." -- "National Post" "From the Hardcover edition."
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503 ratings
3.6 out of 5 stars
5 16% (79)
4 43% (216)
3 30% (150)
2 9% (47)
1 2% (11)
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