A young man takes three journeys, through Greece, India and Africa.
He travels lightly, simply. To those who travel with him and those whom he meets on the way - including a handsome, enigmatic stranger, a group of careless backpackers and a woman on the edge - he is the Follower, the Lover and the Guardian.
Yet, despite the man's best intentions, each journey ends in disaster.
Together, these three journeys will change his whole life.
A novel of longing and thwarted desire, rage and compassion, In a Strange Room is the hauntingly beautiful evocation of one man's search for love, and a place to call home.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 192 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books
- Publication Date: 01/04/2010
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781848873223
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Review by teresa1953
A quirky, but beautiful novel in three parts. Damon Galgut most definitely has a wonderful gift of understanding the human psyche and how people tick. He is most certainly a wordsmith and does not waste a single syllable.Throughout the book, the narrative switches from first to third person. I actually quite liked that as it meant looking at situations from different angles. Yes, it is a sad novel at times, but it is the manner in which Damon handles that sadness and unfulfilled love that makes the story so special.Highly recommended...you will be hooked!
Review by alexrichman
A finely-written collection of three short stories about travelling, loneliness, and memory. Unlike in the Booker-winning Sense Of An Ending, Galgut finds an effective and interesting way of toying with the reader, by flipping from the first to third person even within sentences - the narrator too is watching the scenes play out, trying hard to remember (although when it comes to some names and incidents his mind falls short). The final third stood out as the best, and had me wishing the story had a book of its own rather than a measly 60 pages. I was also baffled by how the protagonist could afford all these trips - but it didn't prevent me from enjoying the journey(s).
Review by lxydis
Strange and quiet wonderful.
Review by Dickon.Edwards
Loved this. Very much in the style of Camus's Outsider: existential loneliness, South African-style. Beautifully sparse sentences, the kind that made me want to take them apart and hold them up to the light. My favourite of the Booker list for 2010. <br/><br/>By the way, I would say this definitely works as a novel in three parts, rather than the three short stories collection some people have said it more closely resembles. It definitely felt like a novel to me.
Review by idiotgirl
Kindle. On short list for Booker.