Thursday, March 19, 2015

Island of a Thousand Mirrors-Nayomi Munaweera

Island of a Thousand Mirrors-Nayomi Munaweera
the facts
satisfaction: side/up
pages: 256
gender: F
nationality: Sri Lanka
year: 2014
novel
Two girls, one Sinhalese and the other Tamil, are caught up into their country's civil war. Their experiences never intersect but their shared humanity is emphasized.

Please excuse me while I rock myself here in this corner. This is so not an easy book as it clearly and in detail explores the unspeakable violence of the Sri Lankan civil war. The emotional devastation was really total. Maybe it was the gorgeous and lush prose that so effectively flipped between the beauty of the country and the carnage of death and trauma. This is not a reductionist kind of novel, both sides are depicted as brutal and the violence as senseless as an abstract and justified as personal narratives. It's a tough line to walk and Munaweera walks it by focusing on the fact that these are normal women who were simply caught up in this national tragedy and transformed into...protagonists of it. 

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