The Hired Man


By Aminatta Forna

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14 Aug 2015

Forma's writing is deceptively simple but the effect is both subtle and lyrical. There are clues along the way that hint at the tragedies that may have happened in the area, our own knowledge of recent events in E. Europe being a big pointer.
The air of uncertainty permeates the novel. The author's skill is evident in her subtle dissection of character, family, community. On the surface a story of an English family spending the summer in an old house they had bought cheaply in e. Europe. The tragedies hinted at are not referred to in conversations. The underlying theme is man's nature with selfishness and savagery to the fore when this benefits the individual or the community.

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