- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; 1st Edition edition (Sept. 30 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0771079559
- ISBN-13: 978-0771079559
- Parcel Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.5 x 3.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 771 g
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,090,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Cinnamon Gardens Hardcover – Sep 30 1998
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“A near-miraculous capturing of life and love (both gay and straight), family tensions, political upheaval, labour unrest and feminism in the Ceylon of the 1920s.…”
“Faultlessly elegant.…Selvadurai is expert in capturing the nuances of this particularly precious time and place.”
–New York Times Book Review
“Subtle and deeply humane…Shyam Selvadurai has established himself firmly as an important chronicler of the complexities of social and cultural difference.…”
–Books in Canada
“Selvadurai’s nuanced prose evokes the country’s dense climate and lush beauty.”
“Richly rewarding.…This is a novel that deserves, and will surely gain, a wide readership.”
–Sunday Times (U.K.)
About the Author
Shyam Selvadurai was born in 1965 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He came to Canada with his family at the age of nineteen. He has studied creative writing and theatre, and has a B.F.A. from York University.
Funny Boy, his first novel, was published to immediate acclaim in 1994, was a national bestseller, and won the W. H. Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award and, in the U.S., The Lambda Literary Award, and was named a Notable Book by the American Library Association. Cinnamon Gardens, his second novel, was shortlisted for the Trillium Award. It has been published in the U.S., the U.K., India, and numerous countries in Europe.
Shyam Selvadurai lives in Toronto.
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The second story is that of Balendran, the beloved younger son of a wealthy businessman. When the man with whom he had an affair during college in England comes to Ceylon, Balendran gets a glimpse of how differently his life could have turned out had his father not abruptly ended the affair. He is forced to look at where he is and where he could have been, and to decide where he wants to be in the future. Several other events force Balendran to take control at last of his life, instead of letting others control it for him.
Selvadurai allows the stories to quietly be told. CINNAMON GARDENS is not a page-turner in the usual sense of the word, but I guarantee if you read it you'll want to stick with it to see where Balendran and Annalukshmi end up.
The different stages of a man's life are often reflected in the guests he invites to his annual dinner.
...choices are never easy.
But what life is without its regrets.
They're, you know...inverts. 'Friends of Oscar', as Aunty Ethel used to say.
You disappoint me to the very core.
...I always knew that man was a snake in the grass.
The last part of a novel was always her favorite.
As you well know, when people act according to their opinions they can end up ruining other lives.
I refuse to let our friendship end as it stands...In silence.
Yet, simultaneous with this love, he felt a burning shame.
I, too, have things in my life that I keep hidden from others.
Certain wrongs must be righted.
...we might, through our letters, stegnthen the bond between us...AND MANY MORE!
I was disappointed by occasionally stilted prose, and characters whose actions sometimes seem contrived. _Funny Boy_ was smaller in scope--a delightful, fascinating and careful study of a smaller group over a shorter time period--and I felt that in contrast, the author had taken on a bit more than he could deftly handle with _Cinnamon Gardens._ It hopes to be a sweeping multigenerational epic, but I felt that some stories got short shrift; some aspects were rushed through, and some characters seemed undeservedly underdeveloped--a smaller canvas seems better suited to the author's undeniably tremendous talent.
This doesn't mean that the book is not enjoyable--on the contrary I found it pleasant and interesting/informative. But to really see why Selvadurai is so worthy of admiration, and why his many fans will wait for his next book with the greatest anticipation, it's probably a good idea to read this....after you read _Funny Boy_ first.
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