"Beggar's Feast" is a novel about a man who lives in defiance of fate. Sam Kandy was born in 1889 to low prospects in a Ceylon village and died one hundred years later as the wealthy headman of the same village, a self-made shipping magnate, and father of sixteen, three times married and twice widowed. In four parts, this enthralling novel tells Sam's story from his boyhoo...more
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Boyagoda's poetic prose is also a defining feature. When his writing lapses smoothly into his run-on, stream-of-consciousness style, it just sucks you into the book and starts channeling wave after wave of raw emot...more