Island of A Thousand Mirrors

Island of A Thousand Mirrors

Book - 2014
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"Before violence tore apart the tapestry of Sri Lanka and turned its pristine beaches red, there were two families. Yasodhara tells the story of her own Sinhala family, rich in love, with everything they could ask for. As a child in idyllic Colombo, Yasodhara's and her siblings' lives are shaped by social hierarchies, their parents' ambitions, teenage love and, subtly, the differences between Tamil and Sinhala people; but the peace is shattered by the tragedies of war. Yasodhara's family escapes to Los Angeles. But Yasodhara's life has already become intertwined with a young Tamil girl. Saraswathie is living in the active war zone of Sri Lanka, and hopes to become a teacher. But her dreams for the future are abruptly stamped out when she is arrested by a group of Sinhala soldiers and pulled into the very heart of the conflict that she has tried so hard to avoid - a conflict that, eventually, will connect her and Yasodhara in unexpected ways"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014, c2012.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781250043931
125004393X
Characteristics: 242 pages :,map

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wmtlady
Jul 29, 2016

This amazing writer not only developes her two main characters, gives the reader a detailed, yet concise history of Sri Lanka, and involves the reader emotionally in the plot of her book, but she does so with words that go beyond the realistic and visual. I felt that I was actually there--all of my senses engages, my mind flooded with input and my heart torn.

multcolib_susannel Jan 26, 2016

Two families from two different cultures, raised in peace find out what it means when civil war comes to Sri Lanka.

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writermala
Sep 29, 2015

This book is set in beautiful Sri Lanka which is in the throes of a Civil War - between the Sinhalese and the Tamils. Civil war does not even begin to describe the horrors that this tiny nation faced. It is the description of the travails of ordinary people and ordinary families that portrays the true nature of the tragedy. The author has described the scenario perfectly and captured the essence of the South Asian habits for example when one of the characters says, "It is only in absence that the true weight of love is felt - a character who is describing an arranged marriage! A well-written book which is a must read.

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JaneRumbaugh
Dec 18, 2014

A disturbing look at the long war in Sri Lanka.

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becker
Sep 14, 2014

I found the beginning of this book to be uneventful but I stuck to it because I was enjoying the descriptions of the people and island life. The story becomes much more intense as it moves along, focusing on the impact of war on people's lives. This is a very serious little story.

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