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On the day that Evelyn met Emil they both witnessed a man fall from a tree and die. In the folklore of Ceylon, the death of a man on the day they met should have been warning enough that they shouldn't marry. Not to mention that they were of different races, wealth, social class and that both their families disapproved. Emil was wealthy and well educated whereas Evelyn was blonde, white and beautiful.
Their journey to England, building a business and raising their children over the next twenty-five years or so is an emotional, loving and at times a frustrating experience, ending with a great deal of sadness. Gillian Slovo gently deals with racism and differing social class issues without `ramming it down your throat' She is a lovely writer and at times reminded me of The Immigrant by Manju Kapur who is also a great writer of Asian stories. It's an easy read which flows well and if you like the sound of the storyline then this book is well worth a go.