Tale of the Dreamer's Son
by Preeta Samarasan
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Pub Date 01 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 01 Nov 2022
By the author of the international bestseller Evening Is The Whole Day, this novel set in Malaysia will appeal to readers of Arundhati Roy and Kiran Desai
In what was once a Scottish tea planter’s mansion in the highlands of Peninsular Malaysia, all religions are one and race is unheard of. That is, until the occupants of what is now known as the Muhibbah Centre for World Peace are joined by Salmah, a Malay Muslim woman. “All are welcome here,” they are reminded by their spiritual leader, Cyril Dragon, who is ignoring news of the changing political climate with its increasing religious intolerance. He is still trying to forget May 13, 1969, when ethnic tensions boiled over into bloodshed. Tale of the Dreamer’s Son guides us from that fateful incident in Malaysian history to the present day. Throughout, Samarasan’s polyphonic, rambunctious prose brilliantly navigates the tug-of-war between ideals and reality.
Praise for Tale of the Dreamer's Son
“Tale of the Dreamer’s Son is a riveting, painful, funny read from the author of the powerful Evening Is the Whole Day. I’d been waiting for this book. Nobody writes like Preeta Samarasan. Through astute characterization, sheer drama, evocative settings, superb prose, and blended language, Samarasan draws me into all the deep questions that rattle the foundations of her beloved Malaysia. I love this book in many ways, for the storytelling, for the music in her writing, for the images, but also for how it reminds me of how issues in Malaysia continue to mirror ours in Nigeria and many other parts of the world. What a fantastic, fantastic book!”— Uwem Akpan, author of Say You're One of Them and New York, My Village
Second novel by the Malaysian author of international bestseller Evening Is the Whole Day
A sweeping view of Malaysia’s history and ethnic tensions
An investigation of the psychology of cults
For readers of Zadie Smith, Arundhati Roy and Kiran Desai
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An interesting and unusual mix of sadness and humor. I found this to be engaging and well-written. I like the author's imagination, and look forward to the author's future work.
Thanks very much for the free ARC for review!!