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The Orientalist and the Ghost

(2008)
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Dark themes of colonial misconduct, racial prejudice, and doomed love resonate throughout this novel, yet it is infused with characteristic humour and warmth. It opens in Malaysia during the 1950s Communist insurrection when a young Englishman, Christopher, falls in love with a Chinese girl. The book then moves to 1969 where Frances, Christopher's Eurasian teenage daughter, is seduced by a Chinese teacher twice her age and drawn into the Malay-Chinese race riots in Kuala Lumpur. The final part of the book travels to 1990s London: Frances' two mixed-race children live with their grandfather on a council estate, and embark on a quest to discover the truth behind their mother's death.

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April 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Orientalist and the Ghost
Author(s): Susan Barker
ISBN: 0-385-60778-4 / 978-0-385-60778-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Transworld Publishers
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Paperback Editions

April 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Orientalist And The Ghost
Author(s): Susan Barker
ISBN: 0-552-77241-0 / 978-0-552-77241-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Black Swan
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April 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Orientalist and the Ghost
Author(s): Susan Barker
ISBN: 0-385-60980-9 / 978-0-385-60980-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Transworld Publishers
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

July 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Orientalist And The Ghost
Author(s): Susan Barker
Publisher: Transworld Digital
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