1964. Ceylon is on the brink of change. But Kairo is at a loose end. School is closed, the government is in disarray, the press is under threat and the religious right are flexing their muscles. Kairo’s hard-working mother blows off steam at her cha-cha-cha classes; his Trotskyite ...more
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First I must admire the writing of the author . The plot first feels quite slow but gradually the book started to engraft me. Creating of the ...more
Jay is flamboyance personified with the ...more
I was blown away by Romesh Gunesekera's gorgeous prose throughout Suncatcher. It's such a beautifully written novel which vividly captures the sweltering and stifling atmosphere of 1960s Ceylon (as Sri Lanka was called back then). We see the nation at a social and political turning point, but through the eyes of young Kairo who isn't yet even old enough to really understand the dynamics of his own parents' relationship let alone the ...more
Author - Romesh Gunesekara
Genre - Coming of Age Historical Fiction
So this is my first venture with a book based in Sri Lanka and I must say this was pretty impressive. Most of the coming of age books that I have come across these days had been revolving around fantasy but hardly I have come across books that even revolves around the political turmoil in the country and Suncatcher is one of them.
'Suncatcher' by Romesh Gunesekara is a story of bonding and friendship between two ...more
The book is based in Ceylan, Srilanka which is on the brink of change. It's a coming of age story, narrated by Kairo who is more like an observer of the lives of people around him. The day he met Jay, ...more
The story is set in the 1960s Ceylon, erstwhile Sri Lanka, and it is a time of great political change all around. The reverberations of these political happenings resonate throughout the book and control how the adults act or what they say. At the center, we have the protagonist Kairo, a pretty much normal guy whose life ...more
I found myself being very confused when reading this story as I couldn't put my finger on what the story itself was about. Not sure if this is a case of the translation of Gunesekera's book or that the story itself just didn't fit with me and what I expected from the description, which was describing a coming-of-age story. I couldn't really concentrate on the story ...more
Kairo is at that age when his main interests are comic books and his ...more
Kairo is a young and lonely boy. He is an only child. His mother works at the local radio station and when she’s not there she is taking dance lessons. His father works for the government, but when he isn’t working (which is often it seems) he is preaching to Kairo about politics or gambling ...more
I’ll be honest when I say that the last time I read something based around Sri Lanka was when I read about the Tamilian & Sinhala conflicts. Yes, I’ve missed out on a lot.
Before going to the plot, I would say that the description of the story setting and the culture ...more
I've read three of this author's other books. And with this one, I'm feeling mixed. There's a certain sense of suffocation and/or intimacy (the latter feels like the helplessness of adolescence when all/much feels possible yet removed or delayed).
Two boys become friends during a time of turmoil in Sri Lanka. Both sets of parents have different political stances, reflecting the various fractions. And each parent ...more
𝗜 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝘄𝗮𝗶𝘁 𝘁𝗼𝗼; 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗺𝘆 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴: 𝘄𝗮𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘄 𝘂𝗽, 𝘄𝗮𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗱’𝘀 𝗱𝗲𝗺𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗶𝗲, 𝘄𝗮𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗺𝘆 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁. 𝗪𝗮𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗝𝗮𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗻 𝘂𝗽 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗰𝗵 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝘀.
Kairo and Jay comes from two different worlds in terms of family background and personalities. ...more
That said I was disappointed by the Sun-Catcher. A coming of age story, the style was much less spare and eloquent than his usual work. The extended prologue which culminated in a denouement near the ending isn’t suspenseful enough ...more
Full disclosure- I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
His first novel, Reef, was published in 1994 and was short-listed as a finalist for the Booker Prize, as well as for the Guardian Fiction Prize. In the USA he was nominated for a New Voice ...more