An evocative coming-of-age novel about growing up gay in Sri Lanka during the Tamil-Sinhalese conflict—one of the country’s most turbulent and deadly periods. When his parents discover his innocent pastime, Arjie is forced to abandon his idyllic childhood games and adopt the. Funny Boy: A Novel in Six Stories by Shyam Selvadurai. Read online, or download in secure EPUB format. Share This Title: Funny Boy Funny Boy. A Novel. by Shyam Selvadurai To read e-books on the BookShout App, download it on: iPhone/ . Arjie is “funny.”.
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Funny boy. by Shyam Selvadurai. Publication date Topics Young men -- Fiction, Gay men -- Fiction, Sri Lanka -- Fiction. Publisher W. Funny Boy: A Novel in Six Stories ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Shyam · Funny Boy: A Novel in Six Stories. Shyam Selvadurai. Vintage Digital, September . with his brother. In FUNNY BOY we follow the life of the family through Arjie's eyes, as he co. Funny Boy. A Novel in Six Stories. by Shyam Selvadurai. ebook .
By Shyam Selvadurai. In the world of his large family, affluent Tamils living in Colombo, Arjie is an oddity, a 'funny boy' who prefers dressing as a girl to playing cricket with his brother. In FUNNY BOY we follow the life of the family through Arjie's eyes, as he comes to terms both with his own homo-sexuality and with the racism of the society in which he lives. In the north of Sri Lanka there is a war going on between the army and the Tamil Tigers, and gradually it begins to encroach on the family's comfortable life. Sporadic acts of violence flare into full scale riots and lead, ultimately, to tragedy. Written in clear, simple prose, Syam Selvadurai's first novel is masterly in its mingling of the personal and political. Find your local bookstore at booksellers.
Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I must admit, when I first bought this book, I didn't know when I would read it.
Thankfully, it only took me a few days to finally begin reading it. A few pages in, and I was surrounded by children playing "bride-bride".
Of course, this was all in my head because of the incredible imagery that was included in every page of this book. At first I thought the chapters were long, but in reality, I read through them so quickly because I was intrigued with every sentence.
I could see so much of myself in little Arjie. I would cheer him on, tell him not to do this or that. My heart felt for him and every emotion he felt. Very few books have done this for me. I'm grateful that I came across this book. Well written and a quick read that left me asking for more! Well done!
Paperback Verified Purchase. This is a great little book that was recommended to me by Amazon based on similar purchases.
It's a fairly quick read that I was able to finish during a layover at the airport. The book starts off with the main character, Arjie, playing "bride-bride" with his cousins at his grandparents' house.
The author does a really good job of expressing the innocent thoughts of a child trying to discover his identity in the midst of a civil war.
Didnt know much about Sri Lanka before picking up this book, but I was surprised to find so many aspects of Arjie's family life relatable to my own childhood as an Indian immigrant. My only complaint about this book is that many chapters feature a love story with a satisfying albeit tragic ending, up until the ending. Wished there was at least the same amount of sentimentality put into that final chapter as there was in the first and second.
One person found this helpful. A beautifully crafted, highly original novel which tells an moving story of waking to love and secuality in a world of conservative values.
Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai (ebook)
What is so dazzling is the authors ability to combiine in this novel a highly sensitive understanding of psychology with an impressive overview of Sri Lanka's society and its recent, violent history. He never loses the personal touch but never is judgmental.
He writes with warmth, understanding, precision and sensitivity. A brilliant work blending high quality literary ability with an understanding of people and of history. I loved it! Always interesting to read how youth cope with an issue outside the square and this book was no exception. Sri Lanka is a very traditional country but thanks to this book and my travel experiences there, there is room for those that don't fit the traditional mould.
This is an extremely personal account of what it is like to be gay in Sri Lanka without this being the central focus. Well worth reading.
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It does get a bit impersonal at the end when the writer becomes enmeshed in the war. However, very insightful. I was led to Shyam Selvadurai's book via the collection of South Asian fiction he edited, called: Story Wallah. When I saw the title of his novel, Funny Boy, I knew it had to be the same narrator, and hence the story would go on. I was not disappointed. While he begins his life in a kind of magical world as the young boy who prefers to play with girls, playing "bride-bride" instead of joining the boys playing ball in the field, he quickly loses his bearings because the world cannot actually tolerate such difference.
Two threads of the story twine together tightly in this novel: Arjie's search for happiness as his awareness grows, and the growing racial unrest that returns to his country.
Just as Arjie is being torn apart inside, his country is being torn apart on the outside, and the young man looking back on growing up in Sri Lanka makes a vivid connection between the two experiences.
Because I read a lot of memoir, and this seemed so real and is likely at least partly autobiographical fiction , I felt at times that the narrative character was obviously manipulated in order to hear things he otherwise wouldn't have--he was always spying, listening through doors, etc.
Still, the story is so beautifully told, and the themes so important that I can set aside my critic's observation and recommend the book to anyone who is interested in reading about a boy's self-discovery strained by the dangerous clash of the Tamils and the Sinhalese.
I really enjoyed point of view of this book being the younger son. This book was not that way at all. See all 47 reviews.
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In the north of Sri Lanka there is a war going on between the army and the Tamil Tigers, and gradually it begins to encroach on the family's comfortable life. Sporadic acts of violence flare into full scale riots and lead, ultimately, to tragedy. Written in clear, simple prose, Syam Selvadurai's first novel is masterly in its mingling of the personal and political.
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