By Caryl Phillips
Dorothy is a retired schoolteacher who has lately moved to a housing property in a small village. Solomon is a night-watchman, an immigrant from an unnamed kingdom in Africa. every one is determined for romance. And but every one harbors secrets and techniques which can make reaching it impossible.
With breathtaking insurance and compassion, Caryl Phillips retraces the trails that lead Dorothy and Solomon to their assembly element: her failed marriage and ruinous obsession with a more youthful guy, the horrors he witnessed as a soldier in his disintegrating place of birth, and the cruelty he encounters as a stranger in his new one. Intimate and panoramic, measured and shattering, a far off Shore charts the oceanic expanses that separate humans from their houses, their hearts, and their selves.
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But the blessed quiet held and the woman stirred in his arms, pushing free. Once again he had an impression of confidence, a confidence mixed with triumph, some game had come to a victorious end and to the woman's satisfaction. He longed for a light with which to survey the scene below. Had the hunter or hound survived the storm? Orange-red light lapped out from the fire toward the escarpment. Against the foot of the pinnacle lay a tangle of stiff white bodies. There was a dead horse in the road, a man's arm resting on its neck.
He paused beside another body. A ordered the death stroke. well-cut mouth, and what which had been mirrored in the enemies'. rounds of the bodies, came comer small muscle twitched at the lay in his eyes was far of his from the nothingness The Captain, having made the back to Magnis and the Witch. " "They were of Gorm," the woman corrected him. "Gorm died when it opened its sea gates to Kolder. Those who lie here are not the men you remember, Koris. They have not been men for a long time a long, long time!
How — — WITCH WORLD 27 from the men he led. Yet Koris' orders were obeyed; only the woman who rode behind him had appeared to have more authority. Simon blinked, his hands moved beneath the covers, and he sat up, his eyes on the curtains to his left. Soft as it had been, he had caught that whisper of footfall, and he was not surprised when the rings of the curtains clicked, and the thick blue fabric parted, so that he looked at the very man who had been in his thoughts. armor Koris was even more of a physical oddity.
A Distant Shore by Caryl Phillips