The Hamilton Case

The Hamilton Case

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
His career guided by British culture and his Oxford education, Ceylon lawyer Sam Obeysekere tackles a scandal-ridden murder trial, mistakenly convinced that his reputation will shield him from the social unrest that the case has exposed.

Blackwell North Amer
Having come of age on the island nation of Ceylon, Sam Obeysekere is a lawyer whose life is guided by the British culture that dominates his homeland. Educated at Oxford, with a dazzling career in his sights, Sam is more English than the English. Only his flamboyant, unruly mother, exiled to a jungle estate, reminds him of his family's real heritage and a different set of home truths.
Sam's undoing arrives in the form of the Hamilton case, a scandalous murder that shakes the upper echelons of island society. Guided by grandiose visions of Sherlock Holmes, he becomes convinced he can solve the mysterious case - and that his good standing with the English will insulate him from the unrest the case has exposed. In the end, Sam grapples with a life that has been "a series of substitutions," the darkest of human misfortunes.

Baker
& Taylor

His career guided by British culture and his Oxford education, Ceylon lawyer Sam Obeysekere tackles a scandal-ridden murder trial, mistakenly convinced that his reputation will shield him from the social unrest that the case has exposed. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown and Co., 2004
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780316735483
0316735485
9780316010818
0316010812
Branch Call Number: Fiction DeKretser
Characteristics: 307 p. ; 25 cm

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GingerKaren
Apr 11, 2005

At first a memoir full of delightful phrases and descriptions, the reader soon becomes aware that the narrator is very prideful of his bloodlines. However he seems to be honest about who he is and aware of his appearance being less than handsome. He tells of his life in ways that seem very forthright, characterized by his pride. That is the first part of the book. The second part is seductive, full of description of life in Ceylon, and a bit more true to his life. The third part is a letter. All of these add up to a portrait of a time and a man who are at the end of their usefulness. The future beckons. The narrator?s time is past. And the surprising conclusion blends each into a satisfying whole.

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