Smakebiten utgår från Astrid Terese på Betraktninger. Dela med dig en snutt från veckans läsning - inga spoilers!
The bathroom was caked: the sink was spotted with what looked like vegetable matter, the tub had developed a dark shadowy skin and the toilet was an impenetrably opaque black hole. I gagged but had no choice, aware all the time that for all I knew something lived in that dark murk and that it had teeth that might be tempted by the weight of my manly endowments. They do acquire a kind of nobility at a certain age.
On a late November afternoon Saleh Omar arrives at Gatwick Airport from Zanzibar, a far away island in the Indian Ocean. With him he has a small bag in which there lies his most precious possession - a mahogany box containing incense. He used to own a furniture shop, have a house and be a husband and father. Now he is an asylum seeker from paradise; silence his only protection. Meanwhile Latif Mahmud, someone intimately connected with Saleh's past, lives quietly alone in his London flat. When Saleh and Latif meet in an English seaside town, a story is unravelled. It is a story of love and betrayal, of seduction and of possession, and of a people desperately trying to find stability amidst the maelstrom of their times.
Jag läste ut By the Sea i förrgår och jag tyckte jättemycket om den. Jag hade inte riktigt väntat mig det, varför vet jag inte.