10 August 2014

Island of a Thousand Mirrors; Nayomi Munaweera

Island of a Thousand MirrorsIsland of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Years ago (early 70s) I had a friend from Ceylon, and she'd occasionally mention problems "back home" (we weren't even teens then, so deep political discussions weren't really part of our lives). As I've grown and read news reports about what was going on in Sri Lanka, it's been truly disheartening to hear about this beautiful island's recent history.

This book covers decades of that history, with one story from the Sinhala and one story from the Tamil side. Neither appear to be completely at fault, and neither are completely innocent - which is perfect. How the conflict unfolds, what it does to families and neighbors, is not new to anyone who has read about similar "problems" (in Bosnia... Rwanda... anywhere there is ethnic strife). The specific Sri Lankan slant is what gives this so much power, and lead to the four stars. Points were deducted because the stream of consciousness was sometimes difficult to follow.

ARC provided by publisher.

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