The Hungry Ghosts Hardcover
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Love, loss and striving for redemption from the perspective of Sri Lankan culture and tragic history6 August 2017
This is hard to summarise with its many complex themes. This is the story of Shivan and the females in his family, his sister, mother and grandmother. Tragedy follows them, even when Shivan, his mum and sister emigrate to Canada. They all struggle to fit in and the past pulls them back to Sri Lanka. Shivan, his mother and grandmother all ultimately seek redemption for past actions. The story describes the atrocities of the civil war and the tropical background. It describes the complexities of love and family ties and tragedy. I could imagine this happening. What a fabulous book. I'll be looking out for more from this writer.
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Amazon.com: 7 reviews
Beautifully written and heartbreaking
9 September 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
Having read ALL of Selvadurai's works now, I can say unhesitatingly he is one of my favorite authors ... and just hope he's working on something new. All of his works seem largely autobiographical, maybe because they are so deeply felt and honest. This one is set both in his native Sri Lanka and his adopted home of Canada, and concerns the ongoing struggle of a young gay man in reconciling his complicated familial situation with the burden of a dreadful tragedy instigated by his grandmother. The story flows smoothly, Selvadurai's prose is beautifully wrought, and while the ending is heart...
Shyam Selvadurai is my favorite author. I have read all his books and ...
28 December 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
Shyam Selvadurai is my favorite author. I have read all his books and the Hungry Ghosts and it is a very well written novel. Felt like a continuation of Funny Boy and my life story is more or less related to the story line of both books so I felt it more personal when i read the book.
3 April 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent & insightful.
Matthew J T Gammie
15 April 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
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In this story, Selvadurai really captures what it means for cultures to collide. It's a multi-layered story dealing with complicated muti faceted issues, all of which are written in beautiful believable prose. The story put me into the skin of what it is to deal with internal conflict, and how one deals with adversity.
I strongly recommend this book.
I strongly recommend this book.
From one country to another
30 April 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
I loved this book. It was a heartbreaking story but it clearly illustrated the strong ties of family and culture. Being an immigrant to Canada, I felt for the family of Shivan. Their life in SriLanka was riddled with political strife as well as tension with the seemingly overbearing grandmother. However, their move to Canada was not all that they had hoped for either and you could really feel the loneliness and alienation that they felt. Even though Sri Lanka seemed to be in total chaos, they missed their country terribly. On top of that, there was the story of Shivan's gay life in Sri Lanka and in Canada. As in life, the story did not have easy answers to relationship problems be they familial or romantic. I thought the book was amazing.