Synopses & Reviews
From Jonathan Raban, the award--winning author of Bad Land
and Passage to Juneau
, comes this quirky and insightful story of what can happen when one can and does go home again.
For the past thirty years, George Grey has been a ship bunker in the fictional west African nation of Montedor, but now he's returning home to England-to a daughter who's a famous author he barely knows, to a peculiar new friend who back in the sixties was one of England's more famous singers, and to the long and empty days of retirement during which he's easy prey to the melancholy of memories, all the more acute since the woman he loves is still back in Africa. Witty, charming and masterly crafted, Foreign Land is an exquisitely moving tale of awkward relationships and quiet redemption.
"Jonathan Raban's achievements in this novel are nothing short of awesome." The Washington Post
"Raban has a wonderful gift....These characters seem to index an entire civilization." The Village Voice Literary Supplement
"Raban is a first-rate observer, with an eye for the ridiculous and a gift for the sudden pounce." Newsday
"The reader will enjoy accompanying George on his voyages, both nautical and personal. Highly recommended." Library Journal
About the Author
Jonathan Raban is the author of Soft City, Arabia, Foreign Land, Old Glory, For Love and Money, Hunting Mister Heartbreak, Bad Land, and Passage to Juneau; he has also edited The Oxford Book of the Sea. Raban has received the National Book Critics Circle Award (for Bad Land), the Heinemann Award for Literature, the Thomas Cook Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, the Governors Award of the State of Washington, and the PEN West Creative Nonfiction Award, among others. Raban lives in Seattle, with his daughter.