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A Little Dust on the Eyes by Minoli Salgado
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it was amazing

‘A Little Dust on the Eyes’ is an extraordinary novel. The blurb describes it as ‘haunting and richly textured’ and so it is. The writing is very visual – images have stayed with me, like the one from the first page where one of the protagonists of the novel, Savi, watches a friend walk away with her child, ‘the pale face of the child, slumped over Hannah’s shoulder, and the small star of her hand as she waved goodbye.’ It is haunting too in the losses it describes. Savi has lost both parents and her home; her father sends her to England to be educated after her mother’s death, saying it is ‘for the best.’ Her cousin Renu grows up in the violence of the war in Sri Lanka, ‘in a time of silence… when it was not what was said, but what was left unspoken that carried the burden of truth.’ She collects newspaper accounts of the violence and the disappearances in an attempt to find connections, to produce an account of what is happening in her world. While Savi studies Sri Lankan myth in England, Renu tries to study Sri Lankan fact in Sri Lanka. And then the tsunami hits ...
This is a novel which asks to be read more than once. The richness of the prose, the complexity of the tragedies it deals with and the difficulties of narrating them can’t be fully grasped, I think, in only one reading.
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November 10, 2014 – Finished Reading
November 27, 2014 – Shelved

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