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The Man-Eater of Punanai - A Journey of Discovery to the Jungles of Old Ceylon
This is a fascinating story of a past rediscovered through a remarkable journey to one of the most exotic countries in the world - Sri Lanka. Full of drama and history, it not only relives the incredible story of a man-eating leopard that terrorized the tiny village of Punanai in the early part of the century, but also allows the author to come to terms with the ghost of h ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Long Riders' Guild Press
(first published 1993)
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A short memoir of the author's journey of self discovery back in the country of his childhood after an absence of decades. Ostensibly its about his obsession with investigating the man-eater of the title, but its also about the closure he sought by revisiting his family history and coming to terms with his father's financial and personal ruin and its impact on the rest of the family. The book paints a brief portrait of Sri Lanka in the midst of its civil war, a land of beauty both natural and ma ...more
Jan 12, 2013 Peter rated it liked it · review of another edition
Christopher Ondaatje is as fascinated by his back story as any us and even more as a man sent out from his homeland at a tender age to make the family's fortune. Task accomplished and a success in both England and Canada, and the bank-roller of the family at large, Christopher Ondaatje indulges his mid-life crisis by investigating who he is and where he is from. It is a fascinating tale of British colonialism and the people of Ceylon.