Mosquito Paperback – 2 Sep 2010
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‘Heart-rending…Readers of this powerful novel cannot fail to be moved…but they will also realise that, as well as being a rebuke to indifference, the book is also about hope and survival.’ Christopher Ondaatje, Spectator
‘“Mosquito” plays with sensuous mixes of human bestiality and natural beauty…It is in this continuing agency of remembered love – presented as the colours, sounds and smells of art, in dialogue with beauty and horror – that the uplifting politics of this fine novel lies.’ Independent
‘“Mosquito” lyrically captures a country drenched in both incomparable beauty and the stink of hatred.’ Guardian
‘Lovely, vividly described.’ The Times
‘Tearne brings her skills as a painter to her writing, creating some extraordinarily lovely portraits of Sri Lankan land and seascapes, a stunning backdrop to the changing horrors of the country’s 20-year civil war. Anyone who has visited, or has a passing interest in Sri Lanka, should read this beautiful novel.’ Sunday Telegraph
‘“Mosquito” is a complex, ambitious book from a writer with a real talent for language. We will be hearing a great deal about Ms. Tearne in the future.’ Lauren B. Davis, author of ‘The Stubborn Season’ and ‘The Radiant City’
From the Back Cover
When Theo returns to his native Sri Lanka after his wife's death, he hopes to escape his loss amidst the lush landscape of his increasingly war-torn country. But as he gives himself up to life in his beautiful, tortured land, he finds himself slipping into friendship with an artistic young girl, Nulani – a friendship that blossoms into love. Under the threat of civil war, as the quiet coastal town fills with whispers and suspicions, their affair offers a glimmer of hope to a country on the brink of destruction.
But all too soon, the violence that casts an ominous shadow over their love explodes. No-one, it seems, is safe; only the sea and the land remain breathtakingly lovely. As the country descends into a morass of violence and hatred, the tragedy of civil conflict spreads like a poison among friends and lovers sickened by the face of war. Ultimately, each of them will be tested in the most terrible ways…
Beautifully written, by turns heartbreaking and uplifting, “Mosquito” is a first novel of remarkable and compelling power.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
'It was a useless house really, everything was broken or badly mended, everything was covered in fine sea sand, caked in old sweat and unhappiness.'
So what is Mosquito about? It's a love story and it's set in Sri Lanka. A middle-aged English writer falls for a local girl, who flits in and out of his life in much the same way as the iridescent butterflies. He can't quite keep a hold of her. And then there is the rival - a boy of her own age with a complicated past. For Sri Lanka is a complicated country, torn by war and the scars of that war. Tearne is a story teller - she's not out to make political points - but the war does intrude, it brings menace and bitterness and ultimately, violence.
Tearne's writing is so achingly vivid, it's hard to believe that she left Sri Lanka when she was only ten years old. It's equally hard to believe this is her first novel. It was a joy to read - and I hope she's writing another.
to combine a fast moving and exciting story with the most splendid
evocation of tropical Sri Lanka in the context of a war which is as
relevant today as it was several years ago. The story powerfully
gripping, and few people will be able to put it down once they begin
it. The narrative builds slowly and lyrically at first but then
starts to move along with and almost vertiginous speed producing
surprising and arresting twists and turns. The story is set mainly in
the author's native Sri Lanka, with its dense, wet forests, its long
open beaches, its turquoise seas and its vividly coloured plants. The
characters pass their life in what should be an Edenic world but the
shadow of war falls across the land as it falls, too, across the
lives of the characters. Without warning this fertile and burgeoning
world is split open and the exotic idyll is disturbed in the most
violent and unexpected way. The conflict is, of course, the same one
which breeds death and destruction in Sri Lanka today, the civil war
which broke out between the Tamils and the Singhalese after the
withdrawal of British rule in 1945. According to the book jacket it
was this struggle which forced author's parents to flee the island in
the 1960s, and the incidents have clearly made an indelible
impression on the child's imagination.
The dominant impression of reading this book involves light and
colour, of shade, of dark and of half-light.Read more ›
Having said that, however, I must confess that the writing style was beautifully evocative.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was great to read as it reveals what went on in Sri Lanka during the civil war as well as being a love story where people are brought together and torn apart.Published 21 hours ago by JILL VANESSA FRAMPTON
So movingly written .It tells of relationships that endure and can survive even the cruellest times
I have been to Sri Lanka through this book and walked the white beaches in... Read more
A very powerful moving novel set in Sri Lanka which gives a good feel for the troubles the people of the country have lived through.Published 2 months ago by Caroline Meredith
Beautifully written, I believed in the characters from the start. Violence shocks you out of your complacency into wanting a settlement to your list for revengePublished 2 months ago by de biddick
An interesting account of the troubles in Srilanka seen through the eyes of a dissident writer. But too much irrelevant descriptive padding for my tastePublished 4 months ago by J.J.Cecil-Wright
At first this felt a little clichéd: a doomed, tragic romance set against the backdrop of an exotic, war-torn country. Read morePublished 4 months ago by S Litton
This novel is set during the terrible civil war in Sri Lanka, and the brutality of that conflict is well and painfully portrayed. Read morePublished 5 months ago by BookWorm
Well written and atmospheric - couldn't put it down whilst travelling through Sri Lanka!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Following the tragic death of his wife in England, successful author Theo Samarajeeva returns to his homeland of Sri Lanka and buys a house by the sea. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Celia48