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Many Roads through Paradise Shyam Selvadurai pieces together the best of Sri Lankan poetry and fiction in this anthology From the Sinhala and Tamil writers of the 1950s to diasporic writers of today from stories of love and longing to those of brutality and death this masterfully constructed anthology will give you a rich sense Sri Lanka’s history its people and the stories they have to tell

3 thoughts on “Many Roads through Paradise

  1. says:

    this book is like your favorite english professor your best friend your most missed lover this book was very hard for me to find in sri lanka but was the first thing I bought and has become like my Rough Guides to Sri Lanka dog eared just a bit pages folded written on ect This book is six degree of separation because every thing I read takes me to another book another author down another path through another gate to another destination And the books poems ect featured in here are not easy to find i wish I read this book before I went so I would know which books to buy but in truth the three coffee table books I bought Glorious Jaffna Sri Lankan heritages and the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka were so heavy and big that it would have been almost impossible to bring home booksthis book has Shyam's personal story about growing up which alone is worth the price of the book He analyzes the situation in Sri Lanka and to be honest in sri lanka english is not held in favour any Lots and lots of books in Sinhala Its just such a brilliant book with such carefully chosen pieces the list of contributors is very interesting but the copyright acknowledgements is the most interesting because not all of the works came from books some came from anthologies and some from journals theres the six degrees again Everytime i pick up the book I open up my laptop and say where is this book going to take me today

  2. says:

    I picked it up with high hopes but couldn't find the time to do it justice It's a blend of prose and poetry and a bit bulky to boot A must have for anyone who wants to somehow glimpse writings from all over the worldAs a tourist destination Sri Lanka attracts many and this would be wonderful for anyone who is planning a visitI've evolved a way to keep track of what I'm reading and that's to take pictures of significant pages or passages I can see how valuable a Kindle would be to a person like me Yes I'd love to have one on my BirthdayTo return to the anthology the first two stories are actually excerpts from longer works and don't really breathe well on their own There was a naughty one somewhere in the middle that was slightly entertaining Towards the end some stories deal with the civil war but failed to grip As I said above I have failed to do this book justice and would hope to sit with it at leisure There's a nice section about the authors which makes it a valuable resourceI repeat this book would have been so much enchanting if read on a Kindle as the physical book is unwieldy in size and to an extent in content There's a whole lot of authors So all in all it's an ambitious work and just perhaps it hasn't uite come together for meI still think I'd love to come across this book in an airport library do they have those? or in a hotel hotels simply must have a bookshelf at least if not a library Westin Bali had oneSri Lanka is a country whose stories would be most valuable when narrated by native voices turbulent sensuous austere verdant violent island voices a Buddhist country war strife love tea tsunami hills rivers fragrances aromas families lives loves I've sold myself on this book and may even re review it here

  3. says:

    Loved everything about this book the introduction Singhalese and Tamil voices historical content people and feelings the collection and order of all the pieces This has become my favourite book on Srilanka treasured and to read from time to time

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