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|The Hiding Place|
DESCRIPTION: The Hiding Place... Trezza Azzopardi's mesmerizing debut novel, the Booker-short listed The Hiding Place, chronicles the life of a Maltese immigrant family in 1960s Cardiff, Wales, and is a beautifully evocative tale that ignites memories of family, childhood, violence and poverty for one young woman.
Returning to Tiger Bay, Cardiff, for her mothers funeral, Dolores Gauci encounters her sisters for the first time in 30 years after Social Services disbanded them following their father Frankie's abandonment and their mother Marys attempted suicide. For Dol, aged five when her family is splintered apart, memory is a broken glass pane--a jagged window into the past, permitting only a distorted view and sharp, painful images. Dol remembers the fire, as it licked and then devoured her arm; the rabbits skin being peeled from flesh,; the self-inflicted scars on her sisters arms; her fathers belt cutting into skin.
Sifting through the embers of her childhood, Dol desperately tries to rekindle a flame in her deadened family. Confronting ghosts past and present, she draws a palpable picture of a childhood long-forgotten. Sight, sound, smell and touch caress and burn the readers senses. Azzopardi questions how Dol, a child at the time, can remember and casts into sharp relief the fallibility of the individuals perception of the world--seen from multiple perspectives, there can never be one truth. She revels in disorienting the reader by glimpsing the world from the most unusual, exhilarating angles:
This is what happens just before I am born: Its 1960. My parents, Frankie and Mary, have five beautiful daughters.
Like an impressionist painter, the author can with just a few simple strokes bring a scene to vibrant life, whether it is the single girls in the bar who leave the imprints of their bored thighs remaining awhile upon the shiny leatherette or the matchless beauty of the descriptions of Dols deformity: a closed white tulip standing in the rain, a church candle with its tears flowing down the bulb of a wrist. Azzopardi's bright flame is sure to burn for a long time to come.
The Hiding Place by Tezza Azzopardi
AUTHOR: Tezza Azzopardi
ISBN: 9780330390750 BINDING: hardcover PAGES: 282
Year: 2000 Size: 140mm x 223mm x 23mm Condition: Our book has SOLD. Check on Amazon for a new or used copy.
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