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Hernando Villa A Sri Lankan Love Story by Terrence Perera Terrence Perera

Title: Hernando Villa: A Sri Lankan Love Story
Author: Terrence Perera
Genre: Romance Suspense
Formats Available: Pdf
Time Frame: 4 Weeks
Copies Available: 5


"Hernando Villa" is mainly the love story of a Sinhala boy and a Tamil girl, set in the background of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka in the early years of the 21st century.

However, Thulasi Muttulingam in her review of the book in “Ceylon Today” wrote:
“Though the book claims to be a love story, it is essentially much more than that. It is the story of Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans over the last hundred years....It is one of those “unputdownable” books that will keep the reader turning the pages to know what happens it, you won’t regret it.”

The book starts with an account of the upper class Hernando family living at Goratuwa, a town in Sri Lanka. They live in “Hernando Villa”, their ancestral home built by their ancestor, Gate Mudliyar Elaris Hernando in the 19th century. The gate mudliyar’s memory is still revered by the local people.

With this family as the central focus of the book, stories are also told of people connected to the Hernando family – their Tamil friends whom they saved during the 1983 race riots, their Sinhalese friends who had an inter-caste, inter-religious marriage, the loyal fisher-folk living close to the villa and the village people of the area.

The main love story is between Nihal Hernando and Padma Rajaratnam. Padma is sent by her parents in Canada to Sri Lanka to get herself a suitable husband: a husband who is Jaffna-Tamil, high-caste and Hindu!
Nihal’s parents want him to marry a Sinhala, Christian girl of the same caste as themselves. The book deals with how both families initially vehemently oppose this love affair, but eventually give in and consent to the marriage.

In contrast, there is the story of how, a hundred years earlier, the gate mudliyar’s son was sent to Oxford for higher studies and how he became friendly with a White girl, an earl’s daughter: of how his mother threatened to commit suicide and hence succeeded in terminating this friendship.

The book endeavours to give an idea of Sri Lankan life over different decades, cultures and societies. Nevertheless, the book is written in a satirical style with lively comic touches that makes the book interesting reading.

Events described in the book, such as the war, the race riots and the tsunami, have actually taken place in Sri Lanka. The incidents narrated in the book, in relation to these events, are also suggestive of incidents that actually took place. Nevertheless, the incidents themselves are all fictitious. The book is a work of fiction and the characters therein bear no resemblance to any person, living or dead.

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Terrence Perera (terrenceperera) | 35 comments Tony, the book has been sent to you.

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Terrence Perera (terrenceperera) | 35 comments Lauren, the book has been sent to you.

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