Reef is a gorgeous, slow-moving story that centers around the life of protagonist, Triston, a migrant worker working as a chef to a marine biologist. The delight in this story lies in the Sri Lankan gastronomy so elegantly described and the recurring metaphor of the water, the sea. Simple, compelling and transported me to Ceylon in the 60s. Picked this up a few years back mainly because Romesh was my creative writing fiction tutor in university and I discovered that he is as gentle in disposition as in prose. Satisfying read.
Author: Romesh Gunesekera
Publisher: Granta (UK)
Year of Publication: 1995
First in the Book Bites series! Book Bites is a series of personal & extremely brief book reviews, curated by me, for busy bookworms like you. More to come.