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Does Munaweera's style remind you of any other authors or books?

Created: 09/12/14

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davinamw

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Does Munaweera's style remind you of any other authors or books?

Does Munaweera's style remind you of any other authors or books? If so, in what ways are they similar?


Posted Sep. 15, 2014 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
rebajane

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RE: Does Munaweera's style remind you of any other authors or books?

Not so much the writing style but this book reminded me of Under the Banyan Tree. I knew more about Cambodia than Sri Lanka but the brutality and in humanities in both books underscored what can happen when countries are divided


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lynneb

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There were some similarities between this book and The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri. The main characters are two brothers and one comes to the US and the other stays in India and works with terrorists until he is arrested. His wife then comes to the US and has difficulty assimilating. Again the pull of the former culture has a great effect on her and her love for the other brother. The love triangle is a reminder of the Shiva, Lanka and Yasodhara relationship.


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kate

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I also thought this author reminded me of Jhumpa Lahiri. Both the story and the writing were similar. I find authors from India and Africa often have a beautiful poetic writing style. It also reminded of "And the mountains echoed" by Khaled Hosseini. I loved that book as well.


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pennyp

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I agree with the above posts. This book and writing style reminds me most of the Lowlands.


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deeh

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The only other book I have read that is set in Sri Lanka is The Hamilton Case, and while the writing styles differ, the sense of place and the conflict is very similar.


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Gin

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RE: Does Munaweera's style remind you of any other authors or books?

Although Roy's book, The God of Small Things is not set in Sri Lanka, I was reminded of the similarity of the caste system and the harm it does in Roy's book and the religious differences in Munaweera's novel.


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florenceo

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RE: Does Munaweera's style remind you of any other authors or books?

In reading Munaweera's book, I was reminded of Chris Bohjalian's, "Sand Castle Girl's" and the Armenian Genocide. The horrible hate and cruelty that the Turks displayed toward the Armenians mirrors that found in the Sri Lanka civil war. War is never kind, the inhuman and savage treatment of females particularly is unfathomable and unspeakable. As graphic and disturbing as Munaweera's novel was, it was well written and engaging. I had trouble with keeping the names of the characters straight because of the foreign names, but I loved Munaweera's writing. The characters were so believable, and she really draws the reader into the story. A thoroughly enjoyable read!


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mal

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RE: Does Munaweera's style remind you of any other authors or books?

A wee bit similar to Jesmyn Ward


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bettyt

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RE: Does Munaweera's style remind you of any other authors or books?

Reminded me a lot of Vaddey Ratner.


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