The Magic of Saida (Vintage Contemporaries)

3.44 avg rating
( 411 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780345802613: The Magic of Saida (Vintage Contemporaries)

From Giller Prize winner M. G. Vassanji comes the story of Kamal Punja, son of an African mother and an Indian father, who has been living in Canada for forty years. Despite his material wealth, Kamal finds himself longing for the place of his birth Africa and of a girl there he once loved. As a child he was certain that Saida granddaughter of a great Swahili poet and his constant companion would become his future wife, but when he was just eleven Kamal s mother sent him to live with his estranged father s family in India. Now, decades later, Kamal journeys back to the village he left to confront his long-unresolved racial identity and the nightmarish legacy of a broken promise."

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

"A magical, heart-breaking story." --Emily Taylor, "Charleston City Paper"
"Sophisticated . . . "The Magic of Saida" is as ambitious and sprawling as it is compelling." --Susi Wyss, "Washington Independent Review of Books"
"Vassanji's remarkable new novel is a magic trick that reveals how it's performed while in process . . . As Kamal relates the colonial history, [it] amounts to the best sort of historical fiction . . . Vassanji has won Canada's Giller Prize twice. This book also seems bound for glory." --Michael Autrey, "Booklist "(starred)
"An ambitious, passionate work about racial identity, deracination, and the unsolvable mysteries of the human heart . . . The retro echoes of Graham Greene and W. Somerset Maugham play with readers expectations in this decidedly contemporary African novel . . . Vassanji employs dense but splintered prose to mirror the dense but splintered identity of his multicultural/multiethnic protagonist." --"Kirkus Reviews"
"It's a bravura performance, but subtle and understated. Vassanji isn't a bombastic writer; his prose is rich, but never distracting, multifaceted, but never simply beautiful for its own sake . . . [The novel's frame] allows for fluid, non-linear storytelling that brings the past and the present, the recounted and the shown, the pedestrian and the magical, into a crystalline narrative immediacy . . . "The Magic of Saida" is the sort of novel that, upon finishing, one wants to immediately read again, to examine, to study just how Vassanji works his narrative magic, and to allow oneself to savour it just that little bit longer." --Robert J. Wiersema, "Globe and Mail"
"M. G. Vassanji's new novel offers an experience as mysterious and haunting as hearing the sudden beat of drums in the middle of the night . . . Kamal [has] a great story to tell, a narrative that echoes the best-known African-set tale in the English language: Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness . . . The seduct

"A bravura performance. . . . One wants to immediately read ["The Magic of Saida"] again . . . to savour it just that little bit longer."
--"The""Globe and Mail
"
"Remarkable. . . . It's impossible not to feel enormous sympathy for [Kamal, ] a man who overcomes so many hurdles except that of his own humanity. For creating this character, M. G. Vassanji must be thanked."
--"Vancouver Sun"
"A gripping narrative. . . . [Vassanji's] material is so compelling that he needs little more than to adopt the role of a chronicler. . . . A humble village, in the imagination of this chronicler, becomes a vortex of varying belief systems and ways of life."
--"National Post
"
"Mysterious and haunting. . . . The seductive power of Vassanji's prose mesmerizes. . . . Conrad would approve."
--"Quill & Quire "

A bravura performance. . . . One wants to immediately read ["The Magic of Saida"] again . . . to savour it just that little bit longer.
"The" "Globe and Mail
"
Remarkable. . . . It s impossible not to feel enormous sympathy for [Kamal, ] a man who overcomes so many hurdles except that of his own humanity. For creating this character, M. G. Vassanji must be thanked.
"Vancouver Sun"
A gripping narrative. . . . [Vassanji s] material is so compelling that he needs little more than to adopt the role of a chronicler. . . . A humble village, in the imagination of this chronicler, becomes a vortex of varying belief systems and ways of life.
"National Post
"
Mysterious and haunting. . . . The seductive power of Vassanji s prose mesmerizes. . . . Conrad would approve.
"Quill & Quire ""

About the Author:

M. G. Vassanji is the author of six previous novels: "The Gunny Sack, "which won a regional Commonwealth Writers Prize; "No New Land; The Book of Secrets, "which won the very first Giller Prize; "Amriika; The In-Between World of Vikram Lall, "which also received the Giller Prize; and, most recently, "The Assassin s Song." He is also the author of two short-story collections, a travel memoir about India, and a biography of Mordecai Richler. He lives in Toronto."

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

M G Vassanji
ISBN 10: 0345802616 ISBN 13: 9780345802613
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97803458026130000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
10.35
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

M G Vassanji
Published by Vintage Contemporaries, United States (2013)
ISBN 10: 0345802616 ISBN 13: 9780345802613
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage Contemporaries, United States, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 202 x 130 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. From Giller Prize winner M. G. Vassanji comes the story of Kamal Punja, son of an African mother and an Indian father, who has been living in Canada for forty years. Despite his material wealth, Kamal finds himself longing for the place of his birth Africa and of a girl there he once loved. As a child he was certain that Saida granddaughter of a great Swahili poet and his constant companion would become his future wife, but when he was just eleven Kamal s mother sent him to live with his estranged father s family in India. Now, decades later, Kamal journeys back to the village he left to confront his long-unresolved racial identity and the nightmarish legacy of a broken promise. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780345802613

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
10.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Vassanji, M. G.
ISBN 10: 0345802616 ISBN 13: 9780345802613
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2013. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # VR-9780345802613

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.60
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.15
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

VASSANJI, M.G.
Published by Penguin Random House
ISBN 10: 0345802616 ISBN 13: 9780345802613
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Random House. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0345802616

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.01
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.76
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

M G Vassanji
Published by Vintage Contemporaries, United States (2013)
ISBN 10: 0345802616 ISBN 13: 9780345802613
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage Contemporaries, United States, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 202 x 130 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. From Giller Prize winner M. G. Vassanji comes the story of Kamal Punja, son of an African mother and an Indian father, who has been living in Canada for forty years. Despite his material wealth, Kamal finds himself longing for the place of his birth Africa and of a girl there he once loved. As a child he was certain that Saida granddaughter of a great Swahili poet and his constant companion would become his future wife, but when he was just eleven Kamal s mother sent him to live with his estranged father s family in India. Now, decades later, Kamal journeys back to the village he left to confront his long-unresolved racial identity and the nightmarish legacy of a broken promise. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780345802613

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
10.80
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

M G Vassanji
Published by Vintage Contemporaries, United States (2013)
ISBN 10: 0345802616 ISBN 13: 9780345802613
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage Contemporaries, United States, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 202 x 130 mm. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. From Giller Prize winner M. G. Vassanji comes the story of Kamal Punja, son of an African mother and an Indian father, who has been living in Canada for forty years. Despite his material wealth, Kamal finds himself longing for the place of his birth Africa and of a girl there he once loved. As a child he was certain that Saida granddaughter of a great Swahili poet and his constant companion would become his future wife, but when he was just eleven Kamal s mother sent him to live with his estranged father s family in India. Now, decades later, Kamal journeys back to the village he left to confront his long-unresolved racial identity and the nightmarish legacy of a broken promise. Bookseller Inventory # BTE9780345802613

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
10.90
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

M. G. Vassanji
Published by Vintage Books (2013)
ISBN 10: 0345802616 ISBN 13: 9780345802613
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage Books, 2013. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # TH9780345802613

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
12.29
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 1.75
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

M G Vassanji
Published by Vintage Contemporaries
ISBN 10: 0345802616 ISBN 13: 9780345802613
New Paperback / softback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage Contemporaries. Paperback / softback. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW, The Magic of Saida, M G Vassanji. Bookseller Inventory # B9780345802613

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.95
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 6.94
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Vassanji, M.G.
Published by Vintage
ISBN 10: 0345802616 ISBN 13: 9780345802613
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0345802616 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Bookseller Inventory # SWATI2132142434

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
12.38
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.15
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

M.G. Vassanji
Published by Vintage (2013)
ISBN 10: 0345802616 ISBN 13: 9780345802613
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0345802616

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
17.09
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book