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The Moon in the Water

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Ameena Hussein sets her story within Sri Lanka’s closely guarded Muslim community, offering little known insights into customs and traditions. MOON IN THE WATER is the story of an educated, urbane, sophisticated Muslim girl whose secure and happy world is shaken when she discovers on her adoptive father’s death that Islam does not recognize the legality of adoption. Embark ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 2009 by Perera Hussein Publishing House
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Veena Gokhale
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I would have liked to have given this book a higher rating as it deals with interesting and important themes -- religion, ethnic conflict, cultural biases, the impact of mass tourism and international development, to name a few. The plot is interesting and the characters well-drawn. At the core is a touching human story. Also it's a woman writer from Sri Lanka. There is some good writing here, but overall it is quite uneven. The author tries to tackles too much for a fairly short novel.
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Tahira R
Feb 08, 2013 rated it liked it
I loved the story, but I have to say that Islam was quiet negatively portrayed through out the book.
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
I was not overly impressed. What could have been a good story was marred by the now token references to the ethnic conflict and tsunami. The characters were neither likeable nor unlikeable and mostly unrelatable. Half the time I could not understand why they were saying what they were saying; the conversations seemed wholly unrelated to the context.

I felt the author had a handle on the emotions of the characters but was not able to translate them into something the reader can empathize with. The
Nine Nine
Mar 26, 2011 rated it liked it
I read this during my stay in Sri Lanka and initially figured it would be fairly disposable fluff, but it's not. It's a quick read and could really have benefited from a proofreader, but it has an interesting plot with numerous twists. As well as dealing with universal topics like love and grief, its characters come from different backgrounds and religions and the novel deals in part with Sri Lanka's civil war and the 2004 tsunami. My favourite parts addressed themes of religion, exotification, ...more
Jul 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: modern-novel
A powerful story of love and cross cultural change in Sri Lanka. The different players all have their own voice and not all come out as good people, and those who start as difficult seem better than you expected.
Mathindri Pathiraja
Apr 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Finished this book within couple of hours! What a story:P
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Trained as a sociologist and having worked and studied in Los Angeles, after a short period in Geneva, Ameena Hussein returned to live in Sri Lanka in 2003. She is the co-founder of the Perera Hussein Publishing House which publishes cutting edge Sri Lankan fiction. She divides her time between Colombo and her country home where she grows trees to offset the environmental pollution in printing boo ...more