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    Shyam Selvadurai æ 9 Read & download Free download ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub æ Shyam Selvadurai Free read Cinnamon Gardens Historical novel set in 1920s Sri Lanka Ceylon as was with two vaguely connected stories the secretly gay married man and his younger proto feminist cousin who wants to be a teacher It's well written and I liked the vivid depiction of place and time a great deal I knew nothing of the history of Ceylon but was unsurprised

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    [Cinnamon Gardens] Kindle ✓ Shyam Selvadurai 35 Stars Shyam Selvadurai's Cinnamon Gardens is a family drama set in 1920's Ceylon which looks at themes such as feminism homosexuality and infidelity through the value system of that time If you don't understa

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    [Cinnamon Gardens] Kindle ✓ Shyam Selvadurai Sri Lanka in the 1920s was a British colony called Ceylon Already divided along caste and ethnic lines the British encouraged the divide raising up some natives to rule in small ways over others Annalukshmi Kandiah is the eldest daughter of Louisa who came from one of the oldest Christian Tamil families but who

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    [Cinnamon Gardens] Kindle ✓ Shyam Selvadurai For some reason I expected this to be a dense literary sort of book which it is not In fact it is light historical fiction an easy and uick read that should appeal to the popular imagination; I’m surprised it’s as little known a

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    [Cinnamon Gardens] Kindle ✓ Shyam Selvadurai Free download ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub æ Shyam Selvadurai Free read Cinnamon Gardens Although a bit different in style and content from his autobiographical first novel 'Funny Boy' this is also an outstanding and fascinating book giving a convincing glimpse into the Ceylon of the 1920's would also make a wonderful movie if someone had the courage to film it

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    [Cinnamon Gardens] Kindle ✓ Shyam Selvadurai I found this a fascinating read partly because I had only just finished “Burmese Days” by George Orwell and the parallels are easy to see even though it was obvious that they come from completely different directions Both books deal with the English Raj – one in Burma one in Ceylon – but one is written from the po

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    [Cinnamon Gardens] Kindle ✓ Shyam Selvadurai Shyam Selvadurai æ 9 Read & download Free download ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub æ Shyam Selvadurai Purely Excellent for all one may learn retainThis novel did overly use one of my all time favorite words VERANDAH However it's still worth taking the time to get lost in the authors' world It took me to a new culture and another part of a dramatic world It's interesting how a world apart is really so much the same in any world There were two story lines about an uncle his niece that merged into one as if a masterpiece Each chapter began wit

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    [Cinnamon Gardens] Kindle ✓ Shyam Selvadurai Shyam Selvadurai æ 9 Read & download Shyam Selvadurai does for Sri Lanka what Vikram Seth does for India He weaves in the social political cultural and historical events of an era into a family drama and presents to you the story of people and a country The book entwines many strong plots to make a well structured and well written story the marriage and search for suitable grooms politics of the British on acknowledgement of universal franchise freedom of Sri Lanka

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    [Cinnamon Gardens] Kindle ✓ Shyam Selvadurai This was so good Really about two characters Annalukshmi and Balendran at different stages of their lives both learning how to control their own lives mixed in with a larger conversation about universal franchisement It was interesting and I was really invested in them both finding a way to be at peace with themselves and their choices The other great thing about the novel was the sibling relationships Annalukshmi and

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    [Cinnamon Gardens] Kindle ✓ Shyam Selvadurai Shyam Selvadurai æ 9 Read & download Free download ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub æ Shyam Selvadurai Ok so Selvadurai ain't Vikram Seth And he's hitting you over the head with how Victorian the book he's writing is even though it's set in 1920's Ceylon And he's trying very hard to show you he knows and cares about women's minorities' gay and labor rights thankfully he missed animal rights And he can't write a sex scene to save his life; arousal as a euphemism is no better than uivering manhood etc But for all its frothiness the

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  • Paperback
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  • Cinnamon Gardens
  • Shyam Selvadurai
  • Italian
  • 09 June 2020
  • 9788842807711

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Free download ↠ Cinnamon Gardens ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Set among the upper classes in the gracious repressive world of 1920s Ceylon now Sri Lanka Cinnamon Gardens by Shyam Selvadurai tells the intertwined stories of two extraordinary characters Annalukshmi is a strong willed young woman whose family is intent upon arranging a proper marriage fo. 35 Stars Shyam Selvadurai s Cinnamon Gardens is a family drama set in 1920 s Ceylon which looks at themes such as feminism homosexuality and infidelity through the value system of that time If you don t understand that the author makes no attempt to clarify in the story the book seems anachronistic and pointless The two main protagonists are 40 year old Balendran and his niece Annalakshumi Balendran married with kids and dominated by his father carries the guilt of his inversion He abandons his feeling for Richard and tries to conform thereby in eternal conflict of his identity We have Annalakshumi who is a borderline feminist trying to break the taboos of having a career breaking alliance or talking with a gentleman The other characters form the atmosphere including the scheming Mudaliyar who lives with the conseuences of his action or Miss Lawton the European headmistress of the Christian school who carries a bias for the localshindus Kumudhini as the selfish sister or Seelan as the tainted nephew bring out the character of the protagonists What does work is the simple attempt to explain the conflicting emotions Like when Annalukshmi feels jealous of her sister Kumudhini who accepts the alliance she walks out of or the get together of Richard and Balendran However the atmosphere built up somehow makes you lose focus on the main characters It seems like the characters are getting lost in the environment much like real life for you to get a fulfilling book As for as closure I am not sure the book had one It could have ended at 3 different points with the same impact The Ceylon of 1920s is a plusA good attempt at what it set out to attempt Stage Mum proper marriage fo. 35 Stars Shyam Selvadurai s Cinnamon Gardens is a family drama set in 1920 s Ceylon which looks at themes such as feminism homosexuality and infidelity through the value system of that time If you don t understand that the author makes no attempt to clarify in the story the book seems anachronistic and Sweet Mandarin protagonists are 40 year old Balendran and his niece Annalakshumi Balendran married with kids and dominated by his father carries the guilt of his inversion He abandons his feeling for Richard and tries to conform thereby in eternal conflict of his identity We have Annalakshumi who is a borderline feminist trying to break the taboos of having a career breaking alliance or talking with a gentleman The other characters form the atmosphere including the scheming Mudaliyar who lives with the conseuences of his action or Miss Lawton the European headmistress of the Christian school who carries a bias for the localshindus Kumudhini as the selfish sister or Seelan as the tainted nephew bring out the character of the Sweet Mandarin protagonists What does work is the simple attempt to explain the conflicting emotions Like when Annalukshmi feels jealous of her sister Kumudhini who accepts the alliance she walks out of or the get together of Richard and Balendran However the atmosphere built up somehow makes you lose focus on the main characters It seems like the characters are getting lost in the environment much like real life for you to get a fulfilling book As for as closure I am not sure the book had one It could have ended at 3 different The Lost Heart of Asia points with the same impact The Ceylon of 1920s is a The Secret Life And Brutal Death Of Mamie Thurman plusA good attempt at what it set out to attempt

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Free download ↠ Cinnamon Gardens ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Structed world Both Annalukshmi and Balendran must determine if it is possible to pursue personal happiness without compromising the happiness of others And both must draw on hidden reserves to resist the pressures of society and even crushing the expectations they have placed on themselves. This was so good Really about two characters Annalukshmi and Balendran at different stages of their lives both learning how to control their own lives mixed in with a larger conversation about universal franchisement It was interesting and I was really invested in them both finding a way to be at peace with themselves and their choices The other great thing about the novel was the sibling relationships Annalukshmi and her sisters were really different but also formed a cohesive whole that was never spelled out but very present Balendran s life in someways revolved around his brother Arul and what had happened with him when Balendran was 12 almost all Balendran s behaviour was slightly tinged by the trauma of his brother being banished and yet it was portrayed with a really light touch and the relationship when it did resume was very meaningful All told very lovely indeed

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Free download ↠ Cinnamon Gardens ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub R her forcing her to uestion whether the independence she craves will doom her to a life without love and companionship Her uncle Balendran respectably married struggles to suppress his secret desire for men The sudden arrival of a former lover however threatens to destroy his carefully con. I found this a fascinating read partly because I had only just finished Burmese Days by George Orwell and the parallels are easy to see even though it was obvious that they come from completely different directions Both books deal with the English Raj one in Burma one in Ceylon but one is written from the point of view of the priviledged and ruling whites whilst Cinnamon Gardens is written from the point of the view of the privileged native population of CeylonI knew next to nothing about Ceylon this is set in the late 1920 s and the insight that Selvadurai gives is like looking through a plate glass window into a world that none of us will ever know like Mitchell s land of knights and ladies this is a another culture that is gone with the wind However although the blurb went on to say that it was a world where no one can breathe freely I didn t really get an overwhelming sense of that I was never really convinced that any of the characters save for Belandran whose face is tremendous against the weight of love responsibility duty and family were crushed and overwhelmed by position caste or race Not even the orthodox wivesIt seems from what I learned along the journey that the wealthy Ceylon of this time for you don t see the poverty in this book the POV is purely from two rich people were racially integrated than I had seen in books dealing with other Asian countries they intermarried with whites and set themselves up as English becoming Christian in many cases and changing their names to English names In some instances the characters are related and are seemingly accepted by English aristocracy Belandran s wife visits a titled relative in England at one pointAfter having read Burmese Days where the middle class whites consider the Burmans to be nothing but niggers this came as a surprise I don t doubt the author s research the afterword stated that he d spent a year in Sri Lanka researching the book and he was a native of the country only leaving when he was 19 It was just a little surprising that s allWhat struck me was the complete LACK of the perception of colour and the barriers that it must surely have made in the book itself Annalukshimi is a a school mistress under a headmistress called Miss Lawton but you can t assume that Miss Lawton is white you only find that out later on when Annalukshimi realises that her ambition to teach will be limited to the colour of her skin no matter that Miss Lawton is helping to raise the education of girls in the Country There s Miss Lawton s ward Nancy who I assume was white but turned out not to be Because of the English names of a lot of the Ceylonese it continued to be difficult to tell who was white and who was not I was simply surprised that it did not seem to matter as much as it did in Burmese Days and other colonial books such as Passage to India and Jewel in the CrownI was determined not to like Balendran because he had left behind his lover in England and done the right thing followed his father s dictates and had come back to Ceylon and married But somehow he softened my resistance and I couldn t help by the time the inevitable bitter sweet ending rolled around to love him deeply for he had managed to make some kind of peace with himself in spite of all the obstacles he faced His relationship with Richard was infinitely touching and there s a moment in the hearing scene where I completely meltedHowever there was a niggling feeling that the characters held a little too much modern sensibility One of the messages in the book if I m reading it right was to show how Ceylon was taking its first steps to self rule and how the generational shift and education of its young people was helping that along but it was slightly blurred for me that the young people did as they liked anyway and no one seemed to care all that muchThe writing is fine not in my opinion obviously a masterpiece but deftly done There was at times a little TOO much description of saris and furniture and rooms and I had a Dan Brown flashback and felt that the author was so very intent on painting this world for the reader that he went a little too farThe politics behind the whole regime change is interesting and detailed although again there were a few times where I felt the the author was info dumping and it was refreshing when several of the characters were showing no interest in the politics which felt very real to me One of them even criticises GhandiHowever that being said I do recommend it It s absorbing and I don t think you ll be able to put it down once started The characters stayed with me and than anything I d like to sit down with the author and talk to him about it and I haven t wanted to do that for a while Perhaps it s a bit too short or perhaps it s the niggling modernism of the characters but I came away having enjoyed being in Cinnamon Gardens but ultimately a little unsatisfied Freakonomics A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything partly because I had only just 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when he was 19 It was just a little surprising that s allWhat struck me was the complete LACK of the Illuminate perception of colour and the barriers that it must surely have made in the book itself Annalukshimi is a a school mistress under a headmistress called Miss Lawton but you can t assume that Miss Lawton is white you only find that out later on when Annalukshimi realises that her ambition to teach will be limited to the colour of her skin no matter that Miss Lawton is helping to raise the education of girls in the Country There s Miss Lawton s ward Nancy who I assume was white but turned out not to be Because of the English names of a lot of the Ceylonese it continued to be difficult to tell who was white and who was not I was simply surprised that it did not seem to matter as much as it did in Burmese Days and other colonial books such as Passage to India and Jewel in the CrownI was determined not to like Balendran because he had left behind his lover in England and done the 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