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Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah


Abdulrazak Gurnah

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

The God of Small Things

Arundhati Roy

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

A Fine Balance

Rohinton Mistry

Salt by Earl Lovelace


Earl Lovelace

The Blue Bedspread by Raj Kamal Jha

The Blue Bedspread

Raj Kamal Jha

Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee


J.M. Coetzee

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

White Teeth

Zadie Smith

Life Of Pi by Yann Martel

Life Of Pi

Yann Martel

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

The English Patient

Michael Ondaatje

The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields

The Stone Diaries

Carol Shields

The nineties ushered in the age of the Internet. The beginnings of social media and globalisation led to a new world of relative prosperity. With the end of Apartheid, South Africa returned to the Commonwealth in 1994. Cameroon and Mozambique joined the Commonwealth in 1995, the latter becoming the first country to join without any constitutional ties to an existing member. In 1998, the Commonwealth Games were hosted in Kuala Lumpa, the first to be held in Asia.

Questions for your reading group

  • With the decade being defined by so much new technology, why do you think many of the writers of books selected in this period decided to look backwards in setting their book? Why did they choose that period of history?
  • How does social inequality affect the characters in your book(s)?
  • In some of the books in this decade, animals play an important role. What do you they represent or symbolise?
  • How do secrets affect the characters’ relationships in your text(s)?
  • How does power manifest in your book(s) and is it always a problematic force?
  • How does political conflict affect the motivations of characters in your book(s)?
  • As the world became more connected in this decade, how does your book handle characters being away from their homes?
  • What other books published between 1992-01 would you recommend?

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