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The water thief / Claire Hajaj.

By: Hajaj, Claire [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Oneworld, 2018Copyright date: ©2018Description: 345 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781786073945; 9781786073952.Subject(s): Architects -- Fiction | Volunteers -- Fiction | Villages -- Africa -- Fiction | Droughts -- Fiction | Wells -- Fiction | Man-woman relationships -- Fiction | Africa -- FictionDDC classification: 823.92 Summary: When a heart attack kills his father, young architect Nick abandons his comfortable London life to volunteer abroad for a year - a last chance to prove himself, and atone for old sins. But in a remote village on the edge of the Sahara, dangerous currents soon engulf him: a simmering family conflict, hidden violence and fanaticism, his host's lonely wife hiding secrets of her own. Their attraction threatens both their worlds, blurring the line between right and wrong. And when a deadly drought descends it brings an irrevocable choice. With all their hopes at stake, should he take matters into his own hands? Or let fate run its course? His decision has life-changing consequences for them all.
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From the award-winning author of Ishmael's Oranges comes a searing novel with a profound moral conflict at its heart. <br> <br> When a heart attack kills his father, young architect Nick abandons his comfortable London life to volunteer abroad for a year - a last chance to prove himself, and atone for old sins.<br> <br> But in a remote village on the edge of the Sahara, dangerous currents soon engulf him: a simmering family conflict, hidden violence and dangerous fanaticism. An illicit attraction to his host's lonely wife soon threatens both of their worlds. But when a deadly drought descends it brings an irrevocable choice: should he take matters into his own hands? Or let fate run its course? His decision has life-changing consequences for them all.

When a heart attack kills his father, young architect Nick abandons his comfortable London life to volunteer abroad for a year - a last chance to prove himself, and atone for old sins. But in a remote village on the edge of the Sahara, dangerous currents soon engulf him: a simmering family conflict, hidden violence and fanaticism, his host's lonely wife hiding secrets of her own. Their attraction threatens both their worlds, blurring the line between right and wrong. And when a deadly drought descends it brings an irrevocable choice. With all their hopes at stake, should he take matters into his own hands? Or let fate run its course? His decision has life-changing consequences for them all.

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In this latest from the author of Ishmael's Oranges, Nick is engaged to marry Kate and launch a career as a structural engineer in England when his estranged father dies, and he further feels responsible for the death of a young refugee friend named Madi. He therefore volunteers to help build a hospital in a remote village in Kenya. After some months in his small corner of Africa, severe drought leads to numeorus fatalties as people resort to using a polluted lake for drinking water. Desperate for money, Nick diverts funds for the hospital project to build a well, which brings down the wrath of the corrupt governor of the region, whose soldiers damage the well, burn homes and crops, and do permanent harm to the family Nick lives with and cares for deeply. Nick eventually returns to England and starts a new life, utterly changed by his experience. VERDICT While the use of italics can be somewhat confusing, as they represent more than one voice, this is an unpredicatable and compelling work that will generate many conversations.-Lisa Rohrbaugh, Leetonia Community P.L., OH © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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