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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Beautiful Place is a novel about leaving and losing home and making family. It is about being oppressed and angry and wanting a better life – but how is a better life to be defined?

The Villa Hibiscus is a house by the sea on the exquisite southern coast of Sri Lanka, home to Padma, a young Sri Lankan woman. The owner of the villa, Gerhardt, is an elderly Austrian architect
Paperback, 560 pages
Published September 15th 2019 by Salt
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Mridula Gupta
"Sri Lanka is a mixed-up garden, a hive of buzzing anxiety and passion where dangerous venom lurks, always about to spill over."
A very promising story that takes you to the coastal heaven of Sri Lanka. Padma returns back to her beloved house near the sea after her unsuccessful education in Colombo and with the help of her adoptive father turns it into a profitable business. But Padma has a past that seeks her out every now and then, a past that has a dangerous network of webs, waiting for it
Robert Landon
Oct 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a delight this book is. Devoured it. Combines intelligence and psychological and social sharpness with page-turning plot.
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Atharv G.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed getting lost in this story and these characters. The sense of place was so strong in this novel, and I really felt like I was there with the characters in the village. I love how Harris examines the darker sides to these picturesque villages, and how the remnants of civil war, inequality, and tourism affects these communities. The contrast between the sunny outer appearance of the village and the shady activities that took place under the surface was a running theme that I t ...more
Mar 24, 2022 rated it really liked it
loved the atmosphere and setting of the book. it was so cozy, almost reminiscent of the slice-of-life genre. the diction was beautiful and none of the descriptions seemed overdone or out of place. most of the characters were lovely and i enjoyed reading about them.

however the last one-third of the book lost me. it takes a darker turn, which was anticipated from the build-up, but the pacing comes off as a bit too abrupt. the first two-thirds of the novel is very slow-paced, and then comes the las
Lady R
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up to 4. This is a slow-moving novel but beautifully written. If you stick with it you will be rewarded. A strong debut. Her ability to transport you to the settings in this book are brilliant.
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful Place by Amanthi Harris is A Mesmerising Novel about Family, Home, Love and Loss in terms of the Personal as well as the Social and the Political.

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