Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera – Book Review

Hello All!!!

Wishing all my readers a joyous and Blessed Christmas!!!!

For me, Holidays are all about reading and trying to finish my TBR pile. Here I am with yet another Book Review on this wonderful Christmas day.

Nayomi Munaweera has been  one of my favorite authors and I have always enjoyed her books. This is the second book, that I got the opportunity to read.

Island of a Thousand Mirrors

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Synopsis

Before violence tore apart the tapestry of Sri Lanka and turned its pristine beaches red, there were two families; two young women, ripe for love with hopes for the future; and a chance encounter that leads to the terrible heritage they must reckon with for years to come.

One tragic moment that defines the fate of these women and their families will haunt their choices for decades to come. In the end, love and longing promise only an uneasy peace.

A sweeping saga with the intimacy of a memoir that brings to mind epic fiction like The Kite Runner and The God of Small Things, Nayomi Munaweera’s Island of a Thousand Mirrors strikes mercilessly at the heart of war. It offers an unparalleled portrait of a beautiful land during its most difficult moments. (from Goodreads)

My Review

As I  mentioned earlier, this is the second book that I read, written by Nayomi Munaweera. The very first book of her, that I read was, What lies between us. You can read my review by simply clicking here

Sri Lanka has been going through a civil war for 30 long years. Both Sinhalese and Tamils fought with each other, killing thousands of innocent people from both the sides and many became victims of the war. These 30 years were the toughest and the hardest years foe all Sri Lankans.

Being a Sri Lankan, we were not affected badly by the war, but we heard everyday how it killed so many innocent people around the country.

So, this is exactly how I felt about the book;

  1. Before writing the review, I was checking the other reviews written by many others who have read the book. What I understood was, many people did not have a clear understanding about the civil war era of my country. Therefore, I felt that this story gives an insight of that era to the reader.
  2. The story shares how, two families faces the effects of war in two ares of the same country.
  3. The author also makes it a point to share the cultural and traditional values of the country. (I love to read books written in English about my own country.)
  4. Simple and humble characters constructed carefully, which speaks volumes about the war and its effects.
  5. There are two parts in the story and finally how those two parts are connected to create one story, truly amazed me.
  6. A truly fascinating story written in a powerful way to speak to the heart of the readers.

Normally it takes me so long to complete a book, but I was completely engaged in this one and was able to finish it in two days. The book was such a hit and I enjoyed every word written on each page.

My Rating

starstarstarstarstar (5/5) Tremendous. I like it very much

 

That is all for this post folks, and hope you enjoyed it. Do not forget to share your thoughts and ideas about this book in the comments below. Until next post,

XOXOX

Hasanthi

 

 

What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera – Book Review

Hello All!!!

Welcome to my blog, and I am here with yet another Book review.

This book was a complete coincidence. Found it in the library, and got it without having the slightest idea about the book or the author. I am so very glad I read this book, because it was simply amazing.

What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera

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Synopsis

In the idyllic hill country of Sri Lanka, a young girl grows up with her loving family; but even in the midst of this paradise, terror lurks in the shadows. When tragedy strikes, she and her mother must seek safety by immigrating to America. There the girl reinvents herself as an American teenager to survive, with the help of her cousin; but even as she assimilates and thrives, the secrets and scars of her past follow her into adulthood. In this new country of freedom, everything she has built begins to crumble around her, and her hold on reality becomes more and more tenuous. When the past and the present collide, she sees only one terrible choice. (from Goodreads)

My Review

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A young girl grows up in the hill capital, of Sri Lanka. Being the only child and born to a wealthy family she spends a luxurious life. But her experience as a child, haunts through out her life. There are some special characteristics that I identified in the story.

  1. The author being a Sri Lankan has a major impact on the story. The Sr Lankan traditions, gender guidelines, caste system and economic traumas are highlighted through out the story.
  2. As you can see, there are two settings of the story; Sri Lanka and America, which is well-connected. The story flows through these two settings, in a very smooth manner.
  3. The first part of the story reveals the childhood of the female protagonist, and the second part discusses about the assimilation of the protagonist to the American culture or you can simply put it as, re-inventing herslef.
  4. The plot must be discussed. The mother has her own period of depression and the father is an alcoholic. This I feel, is not a perfect match, but there they are married. The girl gets abused at her young age, and she thinks that it is Samson, the male servant of her house, is responsible. She gets paranoid by thinking about this fact and it affects her life in the later stages. In the latter part, when she gets to know, that she was not abused by the male servant and  her mother knew it all along, but kept it hidden under the covers, is shocking.
  5. How she reacts towards her own child and in the end, how she kills the child, wrenched my heart apart.
  6. I felt that the story was written in a way of a confession.
  7. We start to read the story by not knowing anything about the protagonist, but when we reach the end, it connects smoothly with the beginning. It is a fact that made me really slayed! You feel that the story is completed and you know, exactly what happened in the end. It makes perfect sense.
  8. Another important fact that I identified in the story was that, the name of the female protagonist is being revealed in the Epilogue of the story. She is Ganga.
  9. The story carries a deeper meaning and hidden truths, that recur in our society.

I was completely astounded by this wonderful story. Would highly recommend this contemporary piece of fiction to all my fellow Book Lovers!

My Rating

starstarstarstarstar(5/5) Tremendous, I like it very much!

 

About the Author – Nayomi Munaweera

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Nayomi Munaweera is a Sri Lankan American writer and author of Island of a Thousand Mirrors, which won Commonwealth Book Prize for the Asian Region in 2013. Island of a Thousand Mirrors was her debut novel and was published in South Asia in 2012. It went on to be nominated for many of the sub-continent’s major literary prizes including Man Asian Literary Prize and won the Commonwealth Regional Prize for Asia in 2013. It was long listed for the International DUBLIN Literary Award and short listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. The novel was released in America by St. Martin’s Press in 2014. It tells the story of the conflict between two main ethnic groups in Sri Lanka from the perspective of two girls who witness the horror.
Do share your thoughts and ideas about this amazing book in the comments below. If you have not tried this book yet, do check it out and leave your thoughts.
Until next post,
XOXOX
Hasanthi