One of England's most ferociously perceptive writers now widens her creative canvas to bring forth a novel that ranks with her classics The Ice Age and Realms of Gold. A London psychiatrist blessed with all the comforts of the modern world receives a cryptic package and is drawn into a horrific world of mystery and tragedy.
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The Gates of Ivory is a vibrant, mesmerizing novel that juxtaposes the cynical, sophisticated realm of London against the dreaded world of the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot?s Cambodia. In London, psychiatrist Liz Headleand receives an unexpected package, containing, among other things, a laundry bill from a hotel in Bangkok, old newspaper clippings, and two human finger bones. She recognizes the handwriting as that of Stephen Cox, who has been travelling in the Far East. With the help of her friends, Liz goes in search of the man who might once have been her lover, and gradually we learn of Stephen?s difficult pilgrimage, from Thailand to Vietnam and, finally, Cambodia. Disturbing, wryly humorous, and deeply affecting, The Gates of Ivory brings two very different worlds into uneasy proximity, and the result is potent.From the Back Cover:
“Read this book.…A tour de force…For those of us who believe fiction can offer a reality and truth beyond that of non-fiction, this novel is not to be missed.”
– Calgary Herald
“Artfully constructed and at times mordantly funny.”
– Vanity Fair
“Piquant characterization, wonderful dialogue and brainy, skillful writing.…”
– Globe and Mail
“Unputdownable.…A sojourn within The Gates of Ivory is not something one soon forgets.”
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Book Description New York, New York, U.S.A.: Viking Pr, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. 1992. BRAND NEW HARDCOVER. First ed. First Printing. 464 pp. A successful London psychiatrist receives a mysterious package. From then on he must fight the on-rushing chaos to put his life back in order. He must travel from England to Cambodia to find the secrets he needs to know. This is a review copy with publisher's PR material laid in plus "official" Viking review slip. Brand new in Brand New Dust Jacket. Language: eng Language: eng 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 7031
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