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The Silver River
A murder in a nightclub has unforeseen repercussions for Nick Jordan, a young and ambitious journalist who moves with the young media set but yearns for the big story, and Orlando Menoni, an exile from Uraguay who works as a cleaner at both Nick's TV company and the club.
Published 1999 by Review
(first published January 1998)
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Of the four Richards' novels I've read, this probably has the most emotional depth and most overtly political background. The protagonists of his books always seem to be essentially nice people working toward some kind of justice (council housing officer Jamie from Throwing the House Out of the Window or trade unionist Mel from A Sweetheart Deal), and here it's Nick, an investigative journalist for a TV program on wrongly incarcerated people. Richards also tends to throw in some kind of South Am ...more
I read this today, and enjoyed it a lot. It got me thinking about many things, including: violence, both extreme and "soft", and how we let it too easily ruin us or others; history, and how we never truly understand the past, even if we lived it; and family, and how we can all be one thing while others see something else, everyone something different, and not one of us ever able to truly see a whole other person. I guessed where it was going quite early on, but I don't think this book was about ...more
I was left at the end wondering what the point of it was, other than a lot of sermonising about treating migrant workers well. It didn't seem to have any resolution and the characters were, almost without exception, irritating.