Hungry Ghosts: A BBC 2 Between the Covers Book Club Pick

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Hungry Ghosts: A BBC 2 Between the Covers Book Club Pick

Hungry Ghosts: A BBC 2 Between the Covers Book Club Pick

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Hooked right from the start because of the extraordinary use of language and the claustrophobic imagery (Hosein definitely knows how to conjure up atmosphere). This is a brutal and devastating read, but you just know it’s going to turn out that way right from the start. Every character is wound up so tight, you’re just waiting for the eruption (and everyone gets their moment, believe me). All the characters are desperately searching for a way out of their current circumstances.

You damn good at this,’ said Krishna, impressed. ‘Go ahead, give it a try,’ said Tarak, still giddy.

You attended an event with Trinidad-born Nobel winner V S Naipaul, who, when asked for a writing tip, said not to bother because most stories have been told. The man thought about it for a few seconds. ‘OK. Go ahead.’ Then pointed to Krishna. ‘But this one says another word, I’m phoning the police.’

Yeah. At least until you feel them. Is a soft kinda feeling. Like if you was holding a small hummingbird. You curl your finger like a hook and pull it up.’ Tarak stood at the other end of the yard, two flour bags in hand. His feet also wrapped in flour bags, tied with twine above the ankles. There are a number of well developed and interesting characters. Shweta and Rookmin are probably my favourite. Krishna’s father, Hans, works just up on the hill on the grand estate of Dalton Changoor and his younger wife, Marlee. Their opulent manor is filled with goose-feather cushions and velveteen rugs, and from their box radio drift the sounds of Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman. One stormy night, Dalton vanishes. Marlee, understandably fearful for her safety, asks kindhearted, fit Hans—with whom she is infatuated—to be her night watchman. It’s an epic setup for a collision of poverty and wealth. That decision, initially supported by Hans’ wife Shweta, sets forth a propulsive chain of events that rises to the true definition of tragedy: a tragic hero in his prime who is disastrously brought down by his own flaws, in this case, trying to escape from an impoverished and restricted life. The organic trajectory of the plot is breathtakingly wrenching and painstakingly profound.

This is not an easy read, however it is a rewarding one and will stay with its readers. The Creole combined with some of the most beautiful English words is a symphony of language. The following is from Kevin Jared Hosein's Hungry Ghosts . Hosein is the winner of the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize and the author of three books that have been published in the Caribbean, including The Repenters , which was short-listed for the Bocas Prize and long-listed for the International Dublin Literary Award. He is a science teacher and lives in Trinidad and Tobago. Thanks for championing Hungry Ghosts, David, Mohamed, Wendy, Gumble, Paul and everyone else too! I think you all believed in it for the Booker more than I did (my agent is probably as upset as Gumble -- for he is a good agent!) Living and writing from a country that barely supports literature and has almost no real bookshops and only one substantial library, even being predicted for the longlist is a long way to be. I'm sorry Derek missed out as well.

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