he Darkest Little Room, Patrick Holland’s latest novel, looks at sexual slavery and obsession in South-East Asia. The protagonist is Joseph, an Australian reporter travelling in Vietnam. Intent on finding a beautiful woman glimpsed briefly, he receives word that she may be working in a brothel known as ‘the darkest little room’. In pursuing this lead, Joseph meets and falls in love with a prostitute named Thuy. Attracted to her because she is ‘weak’ and ‘beautiful’, he wants to save her from her sordid way of life. Then Joseph starts purchasing heroin for Thuy. His morals are challenged and his life endangered.
Patrick Holland: The Darkest Little Room
The Darkest Little Room
by Patrick Holland
Transit Lounge, $29.95 pb, 272 pp, 9781921924248
Jay Daniel Thompson lectures in the Media and Communications program at the University of Melbourne. For information on his...
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This is an engrossing story and Patrick Holland's prose superb - visceral yet at the same time poetic...Sunday, 31 March 2013 21:20 posted by Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews
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