Cinnamon Gardens by Shyam Selvadurai

I’ve read this book twice. Its a very uplifting story set in post-colonial Sri Lanka. I hope you enjoy it!!

  • Paperback: 389 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor Books; New Ed edition (3 Aug 2000)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 1862300739
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862300736

Singapore – Please do a search on National Library >> http://vistaweb.nlb.gov.sg/

Synopsis
In Shyam Selvadurai’s masterful second novel, set in repressive and complex 1920s Ceylon, the Cinnamon Gardens is a residential enclave of wealthy Ceylonese. Among them is Annalukshmi, an independent and high-spirited young teacher intent on thwarting her parents’ plans to arrange her marriage. In a parallel narrative, her uncle, Balendran Navaratnam, respectably married but secretly homosexual, has his life disrupted by the arrival in Ceylon of Richard, a lover from long ago. ‘Richly rewarding …this is, in many ways, an old-fashioned novel, brimming with old-fashioned virtues. The characters and setting are established in a measured, finely judged manner, allowing us to feel at home with them. Annalukshmi’s Jane Austen-ish domestic life — anxious mother, bossy aunt, catty sisters, endless talk of prospective husbands — is brought to life with glancing humour. Not least of the novel’s virtues is the way he seems to conjure up a whole social panorama. With its vivid evocation of time and place, its wise characterisation, its involving emotional dramas, this is a novel that deserves, and will surely gain, a wide readership’ Adam Lively, Sunday Times ‘Subtle and deeply humane …a ..Selvadurai has established himself firmly as an important chronicler of the complexities of social and cultural difference’ Books in Canada 

From the Back Cover
In Shyam Selvadurai’s masterful second novel, set in 1920s Ceylon, the Cinnamon Gardens is a residential enclave of wealthy Ceylonese. Among them is Annalukshmi, an independent and high-spirited young teacher intent on thwarting her parents’ plans to arrange her marriage. In a parallel narrative, her uncle, Balendran Navaratnam, respectably married but secretly homosexual, has his life disrupted by the arrival in Ceylon of Richard, a lover from long ago.

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