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Having come of age on the island nation of Ceylon, Sam Obeysekere is a lawyer whose life is guided by the British culture that dominates his homeland. Educated at Oxford, with a dazzling career in his sights, Sam is more English than the English. Only his flamboyant, unruly mother, exiled to a jungle estate, reminds him of his family's real heritage and a different set of home truths.

Sam's undoing arrives in the form of the Hamilton case, a scandalous murder that shakes the upper echelons of island society. Guided by grandiose visions of Sherlock Holmes, he becomes convinced he can solve the mysterious case — and that his good standing with the English will insulate him from the unrest the case has exposed. In the end, Sam grapples with a life that has been "a series of substitutions," the darkest of human misfortunes.

Michelle de Kretser has created in Sam "Obey" a tragic character of the highest order, who struggles with his own identity — and the tension of family secrets — against a backdrop of profound social change. Among de Kretser's considerable gifts is her ability to balance the gravest material with great passion and wit. The Hamilton Case is not a somber novel, but it is surely an important one.

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"This novel — which also beautifully renders the sensuality of Ceylon — is a very artful and evocative plea for interpretation over explanation, for complication over simplification....the Hamilton Case does enchant, certainly, but — more important — the book admirably and resolutely sees the world as it really is." The New York Times Book Review

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"De Kretser's fine, brooding, mischievous style is sure to captivate fans of serious literary fiction." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Masterpiece of a mystery....De Kretser's prose is stunning...evoking the glittering excesses of colonial life...and the tropical fecundity of Ceylon with equally irresistible power." Time Magazine

Review:

"A bewitching novel....An utterly captivating blend of intellectual muscle and storytelling magic." Boyd Tonkin, Independent

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"Every so often there comes a novel for adults that combines a fastidious literary sensibility with that intense, urgent childhood readability, and then the result is as magical as the old childish enchantments....The Hamilton Case is a novel so delicious that you have to keep stopping as you read, for fear of finishing too soon." Jane Shilling, Telegraph

Synopsis:

Lawyer Sam Obeysekere's involvement in murder case that shakes the upper echelons of an island society makes a name for him, but sets his life on course for disappointment.

Synopsis:

A flamboyant beauty who once partied with the Prince of Wales and who now, in her seventh decade, has "gone native" in a Ceylonese jungle. A proud, Oxford-educated lawyer who unwittingly seals his own professional fate when he dares to solve the sensational Hamilton murder case that has rocked the upper echelons of local society. A young woman who retreats from her family and the world after her infant brother is found suffocated in his crib. These are among the linked lives compellingly portrayed in a novel everywhere hailed for its dazzling grace and savage wit - a spellbinding tale of family and duty, of legacy and identity, a novel that brilliantly probes the ultimate mystery of what makes us who we are.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780316735483
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
De Kretser, Michelle
Author:
de Kretser, Michelle
Author:
Michelle De Kretser
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mothers and sons
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Subject:
Trials
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Loss (psychology)
Subject:
Problem families
Subject:
Legal stories
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Scandals.
Subject:
Failure
Subject:
Loss
Subject:
Colombo
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Dysfunctional families; Mothers and sons; Island life; British colonialism; Social change; Corruption; Scandal; Murder trials; Justice; Loss
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
American
Series Volume:
58
Publication Date:
20050411
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.64x6.34x1.05 in. 1.17 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Little Brown and Company - English 9780316735483 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This novel — which also beautifully renders the sensuality of Ceylon — is a very artful and evocative plea for interpretation over explanation, for complication over simplification....the Hamilton Case does enchant, certainly, but — more important — the book admirably and resolutely sees the world as it really is."
"Review" by , "De Kretser's fine, brooding, mischievous style is sure to captivate fans of serious literary fiction."
"Review" by , "Masterpiece of a mystery....De Kretser's prose is stunning...evoking the glittering excesses of colonial life...and the tropical fecundity of Ceylon with equally irresistible power."
"Review" by , "A bewitching novel....An utterly captivating blend of intellectual muscle and storytelling magic."
"Review" by , "Every so often there comes a novel for adults that combines a fastidious literary sensibility with that intense, urgent childhood readability, and then the result is as magical as the old childish enchantments....The Hamilton Case is a novel so delicious that you have to keep stopping as you read, for fear of finishing too soon."
"Synopsis" by , Lawyer Sam Obeysekere's involvement in murder case that shakes the upper echelons of an island society makes a name for him, but sets his life on course for disappointment.
"Synopsis" by , A flamboyant beauty who once partied with the Prince of Wales and who now, in her seventh decade, has "gone native" in a Ceylonese jungle. A proud, Oxford-educated lawyer who unwittingly seals his own professional fate when he dares to solve the sensational Hamilton murder case that has rocked the upper echelons of local society. A young woman who retreats from her family and the world after her infant brother is found suffocated in his crib. These are among the linked lives compellingly portrayed in a novel everywhere hailed for its dazzling grace and savage wit - a spellbinding tale of family and duty, of legacy and identity, a novel that brilliantly probes the ultimate mystery of what makes us who we are.
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