Author: Romesh Gunesekera
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0140142177
Reef is a love story set in a spoiled paradise. It is told by Triton, who at the age of eleven goes to work as a houseboy to Mister Salgado. Triton learns to polish silver; to mix a love cake with ten eggs; and to steam the exotic parrot fish for his master's lover.
Rich in sensuous descriptions . . This powerful novel is peopled with colorful, memorable characters. Gunesekra is a master storyteller, writes about them with great affection, casting a spell of nostalgia, with his lyrical prose. - - NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
A sensuous feast of delight, incessantly pleasurable to read, the writing, like the reef itself, shimmers with constant surprises. This is a book which touches powerfully and deeply, a book to be slowly savored, page by page. - - THE TIMES
A kind of Asian Tempest, drenched in the unreal, tropical colors of dream. - - GUARDIAN
Dark as one of Graham Greene's tropical undergrowth, funny in the way that Naipaul can be, multi-layered in the manner of Joyce, evocative as Narayan, Reef is a thing of beauty. - - SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY