“The filaments that enmeshed them in Durbar Court were the stories they wove. Leila, who never contributed any herself, claimed that without them the resident behemoths would fall permanently asleep. It was a soporific summer. An extraordinary summer, as if the mechanism of the seasons had broken down, stranding them in a time locked vault of cloudless blue. The garden parasols were giant sundials around which carousels of shadow clocked the intervals from breakfast to supper. Only the bearers punctuated the hours, padding out to them with trays of lemon cordial and iced tea.”
This second novel by Peter Moss, whose first, The Singing Tree, was described by the New York Times as ‘a little gem’, draws heavily upon his memories of an Indian childhood to populate a recreated cameo of imperial India, set on the south coast of England. Here relics of the British Raj, living out their sequestered lives immersed in nostalgia for a long lost world, lead a casual visitor to confront memories he has desperately endeavoured to erase.
The Age of Elephants
From the Kirkus Review:
A graceful, elaborate and dizzying tale
of innocents yearning for home.
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About Peter Moss:
Peter Moss, of Anglo-Indian heritage, is a prolific and very successful author of international repute. Visit his imaginatively designed and informative home page at: http://www.geocities.com/petermoss/
Author of Bye Bye Blackbird (An Anglo-Indian Memoir), Distant Archipelagos (Memories of Malaysia) and The Singing Tree (a novel set in the Amazon), Peter Moss saw himself as an imperial by-product long before the Queen bestowed on him Membership of the British Empire for his services in Hong Kong, where he still lives and writes. No Babylon (A Hong Kong Scrapbook), Peter's third book of autobiography, is about his years in Hong Kong and made its appearance in January 2006. He now intends to catch up with other books he has been commissioned to write, including a biography of the China Coast artist George Chinnery. Most of his earlier works can be found at http://www.formasiabooks.com
Bye Bye Blackbird is available through iUniverse
Distant Archipelagos is now also available
at iUniverse Publications
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