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Cinnamon Gardens by Shyam Selvadurai
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Oct 08, 14

it was amazing
bookshelves: own, read-2012, world-literature
Read from September 02 to 04, 2012

Shyam Selvadurai does for Sri Lanka what Vikram Seth does for India. He weaves in the social, political, cultural and historical events of an era into a family drama and presents to you the story of people and a country. The book entwines many strong plots to make a well-structured and well written story - the marriage and search for suitable grooms, politics of the British on acknowledgement of universal franchise, freedom of Sri Lanka, ending era of rich landlords and emerging labour rights, clashes of Tamils and Sinhalese, gay relationship between an Englishman and a heir to a conservative patriarch, exploitation of the poor, family boycotts, taboo of inter caste marriage, influence of Christian missionaries, liberalisation of women, etc. Too many plots if not ably handled can prove disastrous with the book becoming a sad attempt at literature and storytelling but turning out to be a potpourri of popular ideals and ideals to meet various audiences.

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Anne u recommend this book?how was it?

Neha Its sort of 'Suitable Boy' and sort of 'A 100 years of Solitude'. You will like it.. go ahead

Neha Thx Seth

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