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Submergence

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Book Summary of Submergence

The second novel by the author of the highly praised Giraffe.

In a room with no windows on the eastern coast of Africa, an Englishman, James More, is held captive by jihadist fighters. Posing as a water engineer to spy on al-Qaeda activity in the area, he now faces extreme privation, mock executions and forced marches through arid Somali badlands. Thousands of miles away on the Greenland Sea, Danielle Flinders, a bio mathematician, prepares for a dive to the ocean floor to determine the extent and forms of life in the deep.

Both are drawn back, in their thoughts, to the Christmas of the previous year, and to a French hotel on the Atlantic coast, where a chance encounter on the beach led to an intense and enduring romance, now stretching across continents. For James, a descendant of Thomas More, his mind escapes to utopias, and fragments of his life and learning before his incarceration, now haunting him. Danny is drawn back to mythical and scientific origins and to the ocean: immense and otherworldly, a comfort and a threat.

Submergence is a love story, a meditation on mortality, and a vivid portrayal of man's place on Earth. With it J. M. Ledgard proves himself a writer of large horizons and vast ambition.

About the Author
J. M. Ledgard was born in 1968. He is a foreign correspondent for The Economist in Africa.

Details of Book: Submergence (BSID:115535)

Book Submergence
Author J M Ledgard
ISBN 0099555387
ISBN-13 9780099555384, 978-0099555384
Binding Paperback
Publisher Vintage
Publishing Date 2012
Number of Pages 256
Language English
Weight 156 grams

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Tim December 25, 2012 review from Goodreads

While this is not 100% successful, it is a damn impressive book, and occasionally it is brilliant. Ledgard writes for the Economist, from Africa, and this novel, his second, is set in Somalia. The hero, James More (a descendant of Thomas More; now that's a lineage), is a British "water engineer"...

Prowisorio February 24, 2013 review from Goodreads

Op de laatste pagina van Tot het laatste vuur de diepzee bereikt roept J.M. Ledgard op om Denis Allex, een in juli 2009 door Al Shabaab ontvoerde Franse veiligheidsadviseur, niet te vergeten. Net zomin als Asho Duhulow, een meisje dat op 13-jarige leeftijd in Kismayo schuldig werd bevonden aan on...

Christian June 12, 2012 review from Goodreads

A book that's stayed with me for months. One of those "ah, this is what a book should be" novels.

Steve March 14, 2013 review from Goodreads

review TK, I hope รข??I need to digest this one a bit

Katya December 11, 2011 review from Goodreads

J.M Ledgard is an amazing new writer. Gorgeous. Painful. A must for anyone who has a love affair with the ocean. Although the story differs, the feel of the work is quiet similar to Giraffe (which was pure brilliance). Dreamlike and heavy.

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