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The Devil Dancers by T. Thurai

Following Independence from the British, Ceylon's future looks bright. A new prime minister is creating a modern nation. But his legacy is an unexpected one. The deals that brought him to power turn into a time-bomb and the country is contorted by bloody race riots.

A widening rift divides Tamils and Sinhalese destroying communities. Neighbour
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Paperback, First, 824 pages
Published August 2011 by Hot Monkey Publishing
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Sarah Sturt
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Truda Thurai’s first novel, The Devil Dancers, is an extraordinary debut for this exciting new Kentish writer. Taking nine years to write, Truda’s immersion into 1950’s Ceylon has resulted in an epic historical novel that is as enthralling as its tastes, smells and colours are authentic. With a bitter love story at its heart, wrapped up in layers of political upheaval, warring communities and an unexpected fantasy element, The Devil Dancers will resonate in your mind for years to come.

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Susan Pope
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the best historical fiction books I have ever read. I can only recommend others to try it. At 800+ pages it seemed a daunting read but the story is magical. Once I began I couldn't put it down. The author's close characterisation makes you feel every emotion and be there for every action. It will stay with me for a long time. I also write historical fiction but this lady is the master when it comes to story, style, language and every aspect of good fiction writing. T. Thurai' ...more
Janaki Kumaraguru
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An interesting book with historic details. The research done is commendable and the writer's knowledge of the lifestyle in Sri Lanka is amazing.
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Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
THE DEVIL DANCERS recently won praise from Professor Walter Perera, an eminent figure on the south-east Asian literary scene who currently serves on the Gratiaen Prize Trust.

The paperback is currently being launched in Sri Lanka. It is now available at Sarasavi Bookshops in Nugegoda, Sri Lanka and featured on their stand at the Colombo Book Fair 2013.

In his review of the book, Professor Perera says: “To produce a novel that includes personalities from recent history is a perilous exercise that
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