Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Romesh Gunesekera: top 10 island books

Romesh Gunesekera's books include Reef, which was short-listed in 1994 for both the Booker and the Guardian Fiction Prizes.

For the Guardian, he compiled a list of his "top 10 island books." One title on the list:
Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene

For me this is an uncharacteristic Greene novel: light and funny, sometimes almost whimsical despite the satire on bureaucracy, the Cold War and organisational cover-ups. Not as powerful as his best, but like all his fiction it is vivid, memorable and the story moves effortlessly between Cuba and England.
Read about all ten titles.

--Marshal Zeringue