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The year is 1928, andSabir—petty criminal, drifter, war veteran—is on a prison ship, bound for a notorious penal settlement in the French tropics. On his arrival, he is sent out to a work camp deep in the South American rain forest. There, he wins the confidence of the camp's idealistic commandant, who sets him the task of carving a landscaped garden out of the surrounding...more
Paperback, 345 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by HarperCollins UK (first published August 6th 2007)
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I don't want to give away too much about the story, but I will say 'read it'! (FYI, these days it's a bargain price of $5.98 on amazon or $3.99 on bookcloseouts for those in the US.) I'd definitely recommend it for anyone who loves Heart of Darkness, the jungle feel of Apolcalypse Now, hazy lines between reality and imagination, philosophical works along the lines of Camus (and perhaps a bit of Kafka tossed in). Two of the main themes are escape & reality -- escape from physical places, esca...more
“In the East, the Far East, when a person is sentenced to death, they're sent to a place where they can't escape, never knowing when an executioner may step up behind them, and fire a bullet into the back of their head.”

All right, that isn’t from Colony, it’s from the David Lynch film Lost Highway. I read this novel after hearing it had been compared with Lynch’s film. And the comparison is really remarkable. Both begin by following the story of a man who has been incarcerated for (probably) com...more
Colony, Hugo Wilcken's second novel, was published to scant publicity and little fanfare in 2007. The reasons why it has remained obscure start with a bland, forgettable cover design that looks like it might have been thrown together in ten minutes and cost the publisher a couple of pounds. Next, the novel itself is difficult to categorize, and in a marketing climate where any new product is defined using comparisons to already successful and familiar products, this spells doom from the get go....more
Andrew Leon Hudson
A criminal is dispatched to a primitive colonial penitentiary and we are sent with him. He survives the harsh journey, survives his harsh bedfellows, survives the pitfalls that lie beneath dangerous dreams of escape by ignoring them as best he can, and is rewarded with the possibility of more than merely survival, a chance to create another life for himself. But at that very point of critical balance, he begins to listen to the dreams again, follows and is claimed by them, and can only escape in...more
I want to read this book so bad, I really love this author:)
This book was obtuse enough to be interesting and though the writing wasn't as lyrical or as full of imagery as I usually like, it kept my attention until the end. There were a few loose ends and I think I worked out what happened in the end I didn't mind the characters, although they could have been more fully explored.
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