Friday, June 5, 2009

Finder's delight

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The Lizard Cage by Karen Connelly:

Imprisoned in a mid-'90s Rangoon gulag, dissident singer/songwriter Teza stalks and eats the acrobatic lizards that venture across his cell's ceiling at sundown. Senior jailer Nyunt Wai Oo angles for a promotion by scheming to plant contraband writing materials inside the celebrated Teza's cage. The plot backfires when Teza inadvertently passes the proscribed ballpoint to the illiterate, resourceful serving boy, Nyi Lay, who hoards the pen for dear life. As the entire prison is shaken down and Teza and Nyi Lay are tortured nearly to death, a bond of brotherhood develops between the lowly Nyi Lay and Teza. The gangster inmate on the ward, Tan-see Tiger, who oversees an in-house smuggling operation, completes the triangle; he and Teza realize that the only measure of liberation left to them lies in making sure Nyi Lay leaves the prison camp alive.

15 comments:

avisannschild said...

I've heard of this one before, probably because Connelly is Canadian (as am I). It sounds like heavy reading!

Vicki said...

I normally don't read this kind of book, but this one sounds interesting.

Sassy Brit said...

Oh, I like this sort of thing. Thanks for sharing!

Here's mine.

Missy said...

Eats lizards? Hmmmmmm.....

Happy reading!

PopinFresh said...

This one sounds really interesting and I agree with avisannschild about it sounding like a heavy read also.

~ Popin

jlshall said...

Well, yes. Sounds interesting, but I'm not sure I could get past that lizard-eating bit. Nice cover, though.

Jess said...

Sounds like an interesting read, have a great weekend.

Beth F said...

Humm. THis is new to me. I'll have to look into it.

Crystal said...

This sounds very interesting - I'll have to add it to my tbr pile.

Scrap girl said...

Ooh I do like this. I just love the cover.

reviewsonbooks said...

wow eating lizards, yuck but an intriguing book
happy friday!

Jacqueline C said...

Very interesting find! Here's my list

Ladybug said...

Sounds interesting and a bit heavy.

Here's my Friday Finds

Dar said...

I've never heard of this one but it sure does sound interesting.

bermudaonion said...

That sounds like a very powerful book.