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Funny Boy: A Novel in Six Stories by [Selvadurai, Shyam]
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"A marvelous first novel about growing up gay in Sri Lanka...from a brilliant...writer whose next book cannot arrive here quickly enough."--Kirkus Reviews

"[A] poignant coming-of-age novel.... With deft humor and a keen eye, Selvadurai...captures his protagonist's difficult passage into his own identity-of which his homosexuality is just one component. And it is with deep, wistful feeling that he ties that story to larger themes of family and country."--Publishers Weekly

"Through the details of family life, the intimacies and exchanges, Selvadurai, much like E. M. Forster, reveals truths subtly, with poignancy and grace."--Booklist

"Selvadurai writes as sensitively about the emotional intensity of adolescence as he does about the wonder of childhood."--New York Times Book Review

A marvelous first novel about growing up gay in Sri Lanka from a brilliant writer whose next book cannot arrive here quickly enough. --Kirkus Reviews"

[A] poignant coming-of-age novel . With deft humor and a keen eye, Selvadurai captures his protagonist s difficult passage into his own identity-of which his homosexuality is just one component. And it is with deep, wistful feeling that he ties that story to larger themes of family and country. --Publishers Weekly"

Through the details of family life, the intimacies and exchanges, Selvadurai, much like E. M. Forster, reveals truths subtly, with poignancy and grace. --Booklist"

Selvadurai writes as sensitively about the emotional intensity of adolescence as he does about the wonder of childhood. --New York Times Book Review"

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Arjie is "funny."

The second son of a privileged family in Sri Lanka, he prefers staging make-believe wedding pageants with his female cousins to batting balls with the other boys. When his parents discover his innocent pastime, Arjie is forced to abandon his idyllic childhood games and adopt the rigid rules of an adult world. Bewildered by his incipient sexual awakening, mortified by the bloody Tamil-Sinhalese conflicts that threaten to tear apart his homeland, Arjie painfully grows toward manhood and an understanding of his own "different" identity.

Refreshing, raw, and poignant, Funny Boy is an exquisitely written, compassionate tale of a boy's coming-of-age that quietly confounds expectations of love, family, and country as it delivers the powerful message of staying true to one's self no matter the obstacles.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 748 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; New Ed edition (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099459213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099459217
  • ASIN: B0031RS59M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #228,921 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The final chapter of 'Funny Boy' left me fighting back the tears as the victimisation of the Tamil population during the Colombo riots is shockingly relived. A vivid portrait of communal antagonism in Sri Lanka through the eyes of a Arjie, a young Tamil boy who is also coming to terms with his own dawning homosexuality. The innocence of his friendships, first with his aunt, then his family's lodger and later with his first boyfriend, are beautiful. But although the gay aspect is an important element in this unique portrait of childhood, unlike so much gay fiction which obsessively puts it at the centre of everything, it was almost incidental here. This is how it should be in real life.
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We spent three years working in Colombo from 1984 - 1987 and so are very familiar with the tragic situation described in this book. Reading about places I recognise was especially poignant as, despite the awfulness of racial conflict and discrimination, we did love our time in Sri Lanka. This is a book of great depth and sensitivity and Arje's blossoming homosexuality is beautifully portrayed. The awfulness of the riots and build up to them has once again made me realise just how cruel people can be and how the world never changes.
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A sensual and delicate compilation of family tales (and dawning sexual realisation) resting upon a cauldron that's about to boil over. Graceful, charming, poignant and alarming. A really lovely book to be savoured and returned to.
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An easy-to-read moving book and a great insight into how the historical/political turmoil in Sri Lanka over the last 30 years affected 'real' people. A recommended read.
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