Marshlands

Marshlands

Book - 2014
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After years alone in a cell, an aging prisoner is released without explanation, expelled into a great city now utterly unfamiliar to him. Broken by years of brutality at the hands of the prison guards, he scrounges for scraps, sleeping wild, until a museum curator rescues him from an assault. The museum has just opened its most controversial exhibit: a perfect replica of the marshes, an expansive wilderness still wracked by conflict. There the man had spent years as a doctor among the hated and feared marshmen, who have been colonized but never conquered. The novel leaps backward once, twice, returning to the marshes and unraveling time to reveal the doctor's ambiguous relationship to the austerely beautiful land and its people. As the pieces of his past come together, a great crime and its consequences begin to take shape. The true nature of the crime and who committed it will be saved for the breathtaking ending--or, rather, for the beginning.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ©2014
ISBN: 9780374199395
Branch Call Number: OLSHAN
Characteristics: 164 pages ; 22 cm

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Jane60201 Jul 27, 2014

An interesting idea but it takes a while to figure out what is going on. The big city he is released into sounds a lot like Washington DC but the conflict with the indigenes sounds more like the Palestinians and the Israelis. I guess it's a comment on empire building.

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gvlee
Jul 15, 2014

A beautifully written novel about a compassionate army doctor who comes to identify with the indigenous people he treats. The story starts off with the present and goes backwards to show how the doctor was arrested for treason and imprisoned. Intelligent and sensitive, highly recommended.

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