Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2004
CS ISBN $56.95 Eight cassettes
CD ISBN $72.00/ $17.95(R) Nine CDs
MP3-CD ISBN $24.95 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN $39.87
Simon Vance has just the right plummy accent for an Indian merchant in post-colonial Africa. He has purchased a shop at a bend in the great river. He sells pencils, copy books, razor blades, and iron pots for people who live in the jungle. A friend has got the Big Burger franchise. “But the airplane is a wonderful thing,” his brother tells him. “You are still in one place when you arrive at the other. The airplane is faster than the heart.” The jungle reasserts itself. Civilization withdraws. They are going to kill everybody who can read and write. Vance delivers the detached ferocity that won Naipaul the Nobel Prize. B.H.C. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 05]
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