By M. G. Vassanji
Amriika is a singular of betrayal, disillusionment, and discovery set in the USA in the course of 3 hugely charged a long time within the nation’s background. within the overdue sixties, Ramji, a scholar from Dar es Salaam, East Africa, arrives in an the US a ways varied from the single he dreamed approximately, one stuck up in anti-war demonstrations, progressive life, and religious quests. As Ramji unearths himself pulled via the tumultuous currents of these instances, he's swept up in occasions whose results will hang-out him for years yet to come. many years later in a replaced the USA, having lately left a wedding and a suburban life, an older Ramji, passionately in love, reveals himself drawn right into a set of conditions which carry terrifying reminders of the previous and its unanswered questions.
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Bonny halted in front of his wife with his boots just short of the water, and for a moment he seemed about to hit her. Then he hesitated, and his gaze fell away from hers, and he scowled across at Shandy. He fumbled a clasp knife out of his pocket—Shandy stepped back, snatching at his own—but when Bonny had unfolded his blade he pressed the point into the tip of his own left forefinger and flicked the blade outward, throwing a couple of drops of blood toward Shandy, and at the same time he began chanting a nonsensical multi-language rhyme.
Beth and I will be jumping ship at the first opportunity. htm (41 of 185) [2/14/2004 1:05:00 AM] ON STRANGER TIDES - Tim Powers would slip—that's soaked into her wood. I've got an uncle who needs hanging. He turned back toward the fires and started walking again, and it occurred to him that he wasn't far from the spot where he'd seen the man with the torn pockets and the bound-up jaw; and the memory of it made him walk a little faster, not because the man had looked threatening, but because of what Davies had said when Shandy told him about it.
Someone was yelling. "Cap'n Davies! " Davies dropped his bottle into the sand. "That's Venner," he said thoughtfully. "How did that move go? " Shandy shut his eyes and pictured it. "Right. " As the two men trudged back toward the fires, Davies pulled a pistol out of his belt. "If Venner plays me square I can handle him," he said quietly. "But if he doesn't, I want you to hang back with this and make sure no—" He stopped talking suddenly and gave a weary laugh. "Never mind. " He put the pistol away and lengthened his stride.
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