Funny Boy: A Novel in Six Stories by Shyam Selvadurai. Read online, or download in secure EPUB format. 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. The second son of a privileged family in Sri Lanka, he prefers staging make-believe wedding pageants with his female. Share This Title: Funny Boy Funny Boy. A Novel. by Shyam Selvadurai FREE shipping on podmimokongist.tk To read e-books on the BookShout App, download it on.
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Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Set in Sri Lanka, this poignant coming-of-age novel Kindle Store · Kindle eBooks · Literature & Fiction. The second son of a privileged family in Sri Lanka, Arjie prefers staging make- believe weddings with his female cousins than batting balls with the other boys. Set in Sri Lanka, it is a haunting novel about a boy growing up within an extended upper-middle-class family. Shyam Selvadurai subtly juxtaposes a boy's .
At the end of the novel he and his family are forced to flee to the western world, which was more accepting, so I presume that would lead to his eventual admittance. As well as showing the conflict between homosexuality and social acceptance, the novel also portrays the tumultuous time in a divided Sri Lanka. Colonial power has withdrawn, leaving a massive power vacuum that rival factions fight for.
However, for all the interesting themes and literary merit, I could not rate this any higher. It was drastically underplayed; there was barely as much as a good bye.
They let it die.
Personally, I think this would have been a much more powerful novel, dramatic too, if they tried to fight for it and it ended in tragedy. It would have been so much more impactful than a mutual, safe, withdrawal of feelings. But still very enjoyable and Arjie's character is well done.
Shyam Selvadurai is a novelist and writer for television. He was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in Selvadurai earned a B. Selvadurai has written for the Canadian television shows Many Voices and Inside Voices and contributed to several journals and anthologies.
Funny Boy: A Novel. Shyam Selvadurai. Funny Boy is the debut of an extraordinary new voice in literary fiction.
During his childhood, he changed from a innocence and naive little child to a smart, mature, and steady boy. He had an unstable life. There were problems between the Tamils and the Sinhalese, two ethnic groups living in Sri Lanka.
Arjie started to learn and understand his complex world of adults. He found out that marriage was not for two people; marriage was for the two sides of the family. When his aunty, Rayha, wanted to be friends with a Sinhalese boy, her mother sent her away, because Tamil families did not allow their children to marry anyone other than Tamils.
Arjie also learned that his society did not tolerate homosexuality.
His parents sent him to a boys' school because his behaviour was not as a boy should behave. He learned, that in reality, there was violence and injustice because of prejudice and racism. This is such an awesome book, and I would like to recommend it to everyone, because the theme could be relative to our society, and we can learn from Arjie's troubles.
I liked this book because it did not just focus on the racial discrimination and the political tensions facing the nation. It had more to do with Arjie's somewhat bumpy ride from the simple days of childhood to the more complex and unstable world of adults. It talks about maturity and the realities of life one must come accustom to when they grow up.
As the story develops we see Arjie discover the cruelty, injustice and violence of the adult world.
Another thing I found very impressive was the way Selvadurai captured the aspect of childhood innocence in his writing. As I read the book I could see the purity and virtue in Arjie's thoughts. An example of this is when he had a conversation about racism with his father because to him it was a whole new concept. Selvadurai's writing really illustrates this boy's journey into maturity and adult life.
Also, the child's perspective on the issues facing the adult characters really emphasizes the contrast between the two worlds.
On one hand you have the bright and simple realm of children and on the other you have the more dark and complicated land of adults. Therefore, Funny Boy is a great book which explores many themes such as racial discrimination, gender, family, love and marriage and maturity.
It is an amazing read and I recommend it to anyone who likes books about growing up or life in general. This book is a MUST read. I was unable to but the book down, I just wanted to read it till i was done. Date published: Rated 5 out of 5 by Sarah from Funny Boy I thought this book was one of the best books I've ever read.
As a Gr. Also, I don't like reading books neither, I just bought it to do a book report. However, this book has actually taught me about life. I'm asian, and I know how it feels when you're growing up in a society where there's racism. Also, my culture is quite the same as Arjie, the boy in the story. I'm chinese and my parents expect me to marry another chinese in the future. This book has brought tears to my eyes, it seemed like my life was like his, well, except for the homosexual part.
This book is highly recommended to readers. When I bought it for a course, I thought I'd finally get to read something that was interesting and fresh.
It turns out that this story, although recently written, only works to uphold old political grudges by writing about them, and inexplicably putting this storyline alongside that of a gay boy growing up within the political turmoil. This book evoked neither sympathy nor loathing. All I could think about was the page count and fulfilling my duties as a student and getting it over with as quickly as possible.