At once a love story, a riveting tale of suspense, and an illumination of the artist's psyche, this searing novel introduces one of Australia's most acclaimed authors to American readers. A seductive work of vast geographical and psychological scope, "Hungry Ghosts" follows two young painters from Sydney to London to Hong Kong, probing the raw terrain between love and frieAt once a love story, a riveting tale of suspense, and an illumination of the artist's psyche, this searing novel introduces one of Australia's most acclaimed authors to American readers. A seductive work of vast geographical and psychological scope, "Hungry Ghosts" follows two young painters from Sydney to London to Hong Kong, probing the raw terrain between love and friendship, creativity and madness. Emerging from Susan Johnson's hallucinatory evocation of late twentieth-century Hong Kong -- a fading colony bathed in neon, teeming with political and emotional refugees and evaporating dreams -- are the overlapping stories of two best friends and the man who comes between them. Rachel Gallagher is careful, inhibited, and achingly self-conscious. Anne-Louise Buchan is fearless, charismatic, and intent on wresting meaning from life's chaos. Polar opposites, they are bound together as artists hungering for experience. Martin James Bannister, exceptionally handsome, is a futures dealer with a talent for reinvention and a menacing hunger of his own.Through this trio, Johnson explores the fragility of the unquiet mind and love's capacity to glean redemption from even the darkest malignancies. In "Hungry Ghosts" she presents a vision of life that is eerie, passionate, and affecting....
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Hungry Ghosts Reviews
I wanted to read this book because it took place in Hong Kong, but I got into it way before the Hong Kong part of the story took place. It seems like the central part of the story happens quickly at the end and that the author builds her characters for the first 350 pages. But it totally works. I would have liked to read more of the meat of the story, especially the attraction between Rachel and Martin. That seemed a bit rushed.
I read the first 50 pages- didn't like it- then because I have to know what happens, I read the last 25 or so pages. In all fairness, I obviously didn't give my time to reading the "meat" of this novel, but even by not doing that, I still understood what went on. It's definitely not a "feel-good" or inspirational novel. Not one I'd recommend.
I picked up this book when I was a pre-teen, drawn to the late-90's beauty of the cover and thinking it was about actual ghosts. It is not. It is pretty decent, and kinda picked up where VC Andrews left off in my too-young-for-these-themes, twisted sexual education.
Great book! slow to start but great ending.
I picked this up in Bangkok--and then I left it out in the rain all night in Barbados. Oops.
Better than I thought it would be.