Cinnamon Gardens

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Harcourt, 2000 - Fiction - 360 pages
23 Reviews
Set among the upper classes in the gracious, repressive and complex world of 1920s Ceylon (Sri Lanka), this evocative novel tells the story of two people who must determine if it is possible to pursue personal happiness without compromising the happiness of others. A young teacher, Annalukshmi, whose splintered family attempts to arrange an appropriate marriage for her, must decide whether the independence she craves will doom her to a life without love and companionship. It is also the story of Balendran who, respectably married, must suppress-or confront-the secret desires for men that threaten to throw his life into chaos. With sensuous atmosphere and vivid prose, this masterfully plotted novel re-creates a world where a beautiful veneer of fragrant gardens and manners hides social, personal, and political issues still relevant today.

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User Review  - Pia Bergqvist - Goodreads

I have found another favorite author. Reading this brings me back to Sri Lanka and I love how he makes me think about difficult issues in a cultural context through complex characters, without ever telling me to rhink about anything. That's what good litterature should do. Read full review

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User Review  - Arundhati - Goodreads

I had picked up the book at a sale and started reading it after a lot of procrastination. shyam selvadurai does a wonderful job of weaving a story that keeps you engrossed and in recreating the societal/ political scenario in the early. twentieth century. Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Shyam Selvadurai is a novelist and writer for television. He was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in 1965. Selvadurai earned a B.F.A. in creative writing from York University. Selvadurai has written for the Canadian television shows Many Voices and Inside Voices and contributed to several journals and anthologies. Selvadurai's first novel, Funny Boy, was nominated for the Giller Prize and received the W.H. Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award. It also earned the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Men's Fiction.

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