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A View of the Empire at Sunset

by Caryl Phillips

Literary Fiction Modern and Contemporary Fiction Sharing Diverse Voices

A View of the Empire at Sunset Synopsis

Award-winning writer Caryl Phillips presents a beautiful, heart-breaking novel of the life of Jean Rhys, author of Wide Sargasso Sea.

In the heart of London's Bloomsbury, Gwendolen - not yet truly famous as the writer 'Jean Rhys' - is presented with the opportunity she has been waiting for. Her husband has received an unexpected inheritance; she can, at last, return to the island of her childhood.

For Gwendolen, Dominica is a place of freedom and beauty, far away from the lonely nights and failed dreams of England. But this visit home compels her to reflect on the events of her past, and on what they may mean for her future.

A View of the Empire at Sunset Press Reviews

A View of the Empire at Sunset quietly but powerfully articulates the social and global forces that shaped such a woman -- Sophie Oliver - Times Literary Supplement

[Phillips is] a lyrical, transporting stylist and his focus on Gwen's displacement has profound thematic resonance -- Lucy Atkins - Sunday Times

A View of the Empire at Sunset is a sympathetic and powerful portrait of an outcast...as well as a searing indictment of the empire - Mail Online UK

A richly atmospheric tale with a bleak glimpse of the empire -- Jeffrey Burke - Mail on Sunday

Remarkable... The story of a troubled young woman trying to make her way in England during the early years of the twentieth century... A novel of acute psychological empathy and understanding -- William Boyd - New York Times

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ISBN: 9781784709013
Publication date: 21/06/2018
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781784709013
Publication date: 21st June 2018
Author: Caryl Phillips
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 336 pages
Genres: Literary Fiction, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Diverse Voices,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Caryl Phillips

Caryl Phillips is the author of numerous works of fiction and non-fiction, including Dancing in the Dark, Colour Me English, Crossing the River, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and A Distant Shore, which was longlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. His other awards include the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

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