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Paradise Revisited

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Shane Joseph revisits his favourite haunt: the in-between world of the immigrant, where the past is unresolved and the present is incomplete. His characters are damaged, trying to make sense out of their lives, often having to journey back in time and place to find answers.

Bandu bilks tourists for a living; Jamie loses love and home to exile; Mark meets the woman claiming
Paperback, First, 230 pages
Published September 15th 2013 by Blue Denim Press Inc (first published September 14th 2013)
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Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of serious mainstream short fiction
Recommended to Werner by: The author
Note, March 14, 2017: I just edited this review to correct two minor typos.

Canadian author Shane Joseph grew up in the 70s and 80s in post-colonial Sri Lanka (formerly called Ceylon), immigrating as a young man. His boyhood and youth have apparently furnished grist and inspiration for his fictional vision before (though this is the first of his works I've read), and it certainly does here, with all seven of the stories set wholly or mainly in the island nation. The Goodreads description simply r
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In Paradise Revisited, Shane Joseph returns to the psychological landscape he knows so well – the never-quite-home world of the immigrant. These seven stories trace the journeys, literal and figurative, of displaced men trying to find their way out of emotional and spiritual exile. They do battle with the ghosts of their past and of their war-torn homeland as they seek a place to sink their roots.

Shane powerfully evokes the ethnic diversity of Sri Lanka and the waves of civil war that rippled th
Sharon Crawford
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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A central theme in many stories is the immigrant situation – the actual immigration to a new country, for example Canada, and life there. In Shane Joseph’s latest collection of short stories, Paradise Revisited, the main characters return to Sri Lanka, their country of birth. One story, “A Lie Oft Repeated…” presents a twist on this theme where the main character, Mark, is living in Toronto, Canada, and waits to meet a daughter, Susan, he has never seen. Susan has been living in England with her ...more
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Writers are often advised to write what they know in the belief that their lived experiences when transformed into art will become literature to be read and enjoyed by today’s and future generations of readers. On the whole, this is good advice for any writer who wishes to create literary fiction out of life and his experiences. A writer who belongs to this group is Shane Joseph, born and raised in the pearl-shaped island of Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, in the Indian Ocean.

I’ve known Shane who lives
Carolyn Taylor (Matthews)
Review of Paradise Revisited, by Shane Joseph

Shane Joseph’s book of [long] short stories, set in Sri Lanka, features people who constantly reinvent themselves and move about, sometimes forced to do so through circumstances beyond their control. Some seek to escape the island’s endemic hatred, violence and corruption, their lives of poverty and uncertainty. Others to flee their dysfunctional families. Many desire greater opportunities to accumulate wealth, or simply to pursue a more stable, a saf
Paul Patterson
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
When Shane Joseph invited me to read his compilation of short stories Paradise Revisited my first thoughts went to Milton’s poems, Paradise Lost and Regained. “Revisiting Paradise” suggested to me something quite adventuresome. We are familiar with the loss of paradise in our lives, the sense of being forced out of creature comforts of hearth and home. We also know the joy of regaining some of what we have lost in a familiar but different yet consoling setting. A greater challenge, one Joseph in ...more
Karen Cole
Feb 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Paradise Revisited is a compilation of seven stories which move between Sri Lanka and Canada. Shane Joseph, an immigrant from Sri Lanka himself, takes us inside the struggles of people from different backgrounds in this troubled country.

In "Rebel of Lost Causes," Sena, son of a former servant seeks work with Jamie's upper-class family. Although he seems capable of a variety of jobs, there is something questionable about him. Jamie believes he owes him a lot and years later, when Jamie goes to g
Keith Wijesuriya
May 08, 2015 rated it liked it
A great collection of life experiences growing up and living in Sri Lanka. A tinge of grey in the story lines but the author shows a good insight into the lives of his characters. All in all, a good read.
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Shane Joseph is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers in Toronto, Canada. He began writing as a teenager living in Sri Lanka and has never stopped. Redemption in Paradise, his first novel, was published in 2004 and his first short story collection, Fringe Dwellers, in 2008. His novel, After the Flood, a dystopian epic set in the aftermath of global warming, was released in November 2009, and ...more

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