Heaven's Edge Hardcover – 1 March 2002
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- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0747558132
- ISBN-13 : 978-0747558132
- Dimensions : 20.3 x 25.4 x 4.7 cm
- Publisher : Bloomsbury; 1st edition (1 March 2002)
- Language: : English
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A modern odyssey from the Booker shortlisted author of Reef: This major new novel is a beautiful and passionate love story set on an island that was once a paradise but has now been ravaged by war.
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A serious work of magical realism - Not for escapistsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 July 2013
If you are someone who believes the tourist cliches about Sri Lanka being a paradise this book is not for you. The story is set on an unnamed island which could perhaps be Sri Lanka but is probably not. I call this a book of magical realism because Gunesekera has brilliantly imagined a post-apocalyptic landscape where the truth is hard to find. The narrator is a young man named Marc, born in Britain of parents who had emigrated from the island. Both parents died when Marc was a child and he is brought up by his grandparents. His grandmother gave him a background of "solid" reality, "making pancakes and baking him banana bread or ginger cake every Sunday". After his grandparents also die, Marc is left without moorings. He comes across an old video cassette in which his father had recorded his experiences on the island where he mysteriously died. Marc feels impelled to travel to the island to find himself, his "soul". On the island Marc finds that nothing is what it seems. He meets a girl named Uva who accompanies him on a series of adventures which easily hold the reader's interest.
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