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The Hamilton Case by Michelle de Kretser
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Oct 30, 2013

did not like it
bookshelves: abandoned, historical, fiction

I got two-thirds of the way through The Hamilton Case before abandoning it. It takes place in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in the early 20th century when it was still under British rule. The first third was fairly promising, with first person narration by the main character leading up to the titular event, the murder of a white man. However, at this point it switched to third person, the "Hamilton Case" was not mentioned again, and it became very boring. It went on for pages about the main character's mother, who is going mad in the jungle and the story was not going anywhere at all. From the title and jacket cover I was led to believe it would be centered around a murder mystery, but that did not seem to be the case. It seems that rather this is meant to be a big metaphorical story about the rule of Britain over Ceylon, and it did not work for me. I was uninterested in the characters and didn't see the point of the narration.

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Reading Progress

October 30, 2013 – Shelved
October 30, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
Started Reading
March 25, 2014 – Finished Reading
March 29, 2014 – Shelved as: abandoned
March 29, 2014 – Shelved as: historical
March 29, 2014 – Shelved as: fiction

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