THE NATIONAL POST REVIEW OF THE LIZARD CAGE

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When it comes to comprehending the impact of historical events on people's lives, storytelling is a powerful teacher. And Canadian Karen Connelly's epic debut novel, The Lizard Cage, set in Burma in the mid-1990s, is an exquisite example of the art of storytelling at its best . . . The story unfolds perfectly and unaffectedly, with Connelly striking a remarkable balance in a tale that by turn delights, surprises and shocks. But even when writing of some of the darkest depths to which humanity can sink, her poet's heart shines through; she observes with lucidity and without moralizing . . . The resilience of the human spirit in impossible situations is the beacon that informs this work.

The National Post