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When Memory Dies

When Memory Dies This novel is a powerful three generational saga of a Sri Lankan family s search for coherence and continuity in a country broken by colonial occupation and riven by ethnic wars The character Saha loo

  • Title: When Memory Dies
  • Author: Ambalavaner Sivanandan
  • ISBN: 9781905147595
  • Page: 493
  • Format: Paperback
  • This novel is a powerful three generational saga of a Sri Lankan family s search for coherence and continuity in a country broken by colonial occupation and riven by ethnic wars The character Saha looks for order in a return to traditional values Rajan is on a quest for modernity that takes him to the mother country and Vijay is in a fight for socialism that ends in terThis novel is a powerful three generational saga of a Sri Lankan family s search for coherence and continuity in a country broken by colonial occupation and riven by ethnic wars The character Saha looks for order in a return to traditional values Rajan is on a quest for modernity that takes him to the mother country and Vijay is in a fight for socialism that ends in terror Through the travail of their lives emerges the possibility of another future.

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    1. The book traces three generations of a Ceylon/Sri Lanka family starting in the early 1900s. The strength of the book is it's clarity of the country's history and the causes of the brutal civil war. The first part was almost documentary with a few pieces of dialogue. The second and third parts became more personnel as it follows the treatment of the Tamils, religious divisions, the problems in the caste system and the differences in the north and south. Each part ends in a sudden, brutal death.My [...]

    2. I'm headed to Sri Lanka in a month, and I am so glad that I picked this book to read pre-trip. The story of this island nation unfolds through the lives of three generations of a family, from Colonial times to almost up to present day. This is not a fast read, and is often depressing, disturbing, and heart breaking. But then given the civil war that ravaged the nation, that is to be expected. I learned much about the political, economic, social, and racial landscape, and have had vivid dreams th [...]

    3. I read this a long time ago, but it is a book that left lasting memories - this is a complex, brilliant, heartbreaking and human story of the conflict in Sri Lanka and its roots, told mostly from the Tamil perspective

    4. One of my all time faves. So much of this book made me feel, made me think and made me introspect. I would read it again, when I have nothing to rush me. It deserves my whole-hearted attention.

    5. The customary introduction to this novel follows: an interesting bit of historical fiction. The more elusive content is hard to define explicitly, from the error of prejudice, the divisive polarization effect brought about through missionary and colonial subjugation, the problem of power and greed, and the constant conundrums of the subaltern. This novel even seemed to touch upon the paradoxes of communalism and socialism, and does not neglect to remind the reader of the dark side of nationalism [...]

    6. The best book yet on the situation in Sri Lanka, going back to the 1020s, up to almost the present. Good information on the rise of the union movementtuation of estate tamils, and village life in the north and central parts of the country. And a story of 3 generations and their contribution to the countryrough these tumultuous times. A moving book, full of information but more importantly, how these events affected individuals who really sought the best for the country and its people.

    7. The book is brilliant. With the barbarous war happening down South of the Indian subcontinent, a negligent issue seen, can be termed as one of the beautifully portrayed stories aligning with reality.Being very abrupt at times makes you think why the author has penned down like that but later on, you realize that the content is so immense that it had to be done.A story of a three-generational cult that is actively into national politics but end up as mere mortals against it. And true as per the a [...]

    8. Long, well-written novel covering three generations of men, set in Sri Lanka from about 1900 to the 1980's. I know little about the place and this novel, though focused on labor struggles, provided a good starting point to introduce Sri Lankan history, geography, daily life, and the current struggle between the two ethnic groups, the Tamils and the Sinhalese. A sad, resigned book that often approaches hope. It is well worth reading.

    9. Read this while visiting Sri Lanka. Difficult to imagine these atrocities occurring among these gentle people, although evidence of the army is everywhere. A good history of these troubles - the specifics vary, but the drill is the same the world over: Ireland, Middle East, our own United States. Will we ever learn?

    10. An inspirational and moving story of a family from Sri Lanka that culminates in a description of the Notting Hill riots of 1958. Beautifully written by the former editor of RACE AND CLASS and a literary masterpiece.

    11. I wish I had read this before my visit to Sri Lanka. It is a gripping book with a well-crafted plot and gives a valuable insight into the reasons for the troubles that plagued this wonderful country and its peoples.

    12. This book covers three generations in Sri Lanka. How the story of this family's experience captivates the history of the land from colonialism through civil war is amazing.

    13. this is an absolutely amazing book that no one else i know has ever read or even heard of. read it. seriously.

    14. A story of three generations of a family in Sri Lanka highlighting the history and culture of the island. Some exceptional writing and thoughts on war and human behavior.

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