Cereus Blooms at Night

Cereus Blooms at Night

Book - 1996
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Set on a fictional Caribbean island in the town of Paradise, this haunting and evocative debut novel unveils the mystery surrounding the aging Mala Ramchandin--a suspected murderess--and the tempestuous history of her family.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [1996].
Edition: 1st Amer. ed.
ISBN: 9780802116338
Branch Call Number: FIC Moo
Characteristics: 249 p. ; 22 cm.


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Apr 01, 2015

I am having an eminently hard time trying to marshal my thoughts on this book into something coherent for the written word.
It did not leave me with an obvious reason for liking it, at least not one that I can articulate with a specific set of words.

Despite it's less than palatable story matter, this is a beautiful tale. The author has a deft touch with words and description. Rather than being upset by the story or angry at ineffective characters, I ended the book with a hopeful though sad feeling for the characters and the lives they'd had and the life they still had to live.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 07, 2014

In this complex but immensely readable first novel, a remarkable cast of characters weaves a tale of colonialism, racism, love and betrayal. A wonderful vehicle for Mootoo’s incredibly mellifluous prose.


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