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Island of a Thousand Mirrors Free read ½ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ð [Read] ➻ Island of a Thousand Mirrors ➸ Nayomi Munaweera – Island of a Thousand Mirrors follows the fate of two families one Tamil one Sinhala as they straddle opposite sides of the long and brutal Sri LankanAnd of PDF or migration love exile and belonging At its root it s a story of a fragmented nation struggling to find its way to a new beginni. It is always hard for me to read a book that talks about immigration Living in a world of literature where the subject of immi emi and every sort of integration has been talked about so much I am always a little weary of picking up a book which yet again comes back to the same American South Asian dichotomy Moreover when a writer who has never really been to the home country chooses to write authentically about it it usually ends up in being a parade of exoticized and over used situations of nostalgia read Jhumpa Lahiri's latest to know what I am talking about So I had met Island of a Thousand Mirrors a number of times at various bookstores somehow or the other the book snaking its way into my hands but I consciously had kept it back telling myself I have read similar booksHowever it must be like those love stories where the hero and the beloved keep meeting till they realize the universe is conspiring to get them together In my case the universe was the people I work for who forced me into the same room with this book which refused to let go of me Thus began my slow acuaintance with Island of a Thousand Mirrors Nayomi Munaweera and her novel Island of A Thousand Mirrors begins with the same noises that all novels of exilereturn begin at She wills to trace the history of two families one Sinhala and one Tamil beginning at the moment of inception uite akin to a Rushdie in Midnight's Children or a Maruez in A Hundred Years of Solitude However unlike both these stalwarts she uickly subsumes her narrative within the narrow space of the contradictory consciousness of two young girls seeming to be the schizoid parts of a fragmented psyche Set against the war torn backdrop of picturesue Sri Lanka Yasodhara and Saraswathi represent the two sides of the looking glass Just as in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass where everything has an inverted double Yasodhara and Saraswathi's stories are the lateral inversions of each other Both of them are stranded into roles that they are forced to fulfill one through exile and the other through war Caught within the grand rhetoric of Nationalism and belonging home and exile the most beautiful lines in the novel encapsulate this as Arteries streams and then rivers of Tamils flow out of the city Behind them they leaveBelonging and Nationalism It is a list that stays bitter on the tongue giving birth to fantasies of Retribution Partition Secession both the protagonists struggle to find a semblance of clarity within the spectral clear charts of their personal histories that had been drawn for them by others Both are fighting a war that was never hers just like the thousands in the island who are sacrificed in the name of the greater cause the Greater warMunaweera represents the War in both its absence through the eyes of the American exiled Yasodhara and her family who listen to the news with bated breath and consume themselves in impotent rage and its presence through the breakdown of Saraswathi and her re creating herself not uite wholly so as a rebel fighter However unlike other works on the War there is no machismo no grand truths no clarion call of justice honour or the most illusive of them glory And most importantly it is not a masculine war Every turn of phrase or of event in the novel is guided by a female figure let it be the matriarch Sylvia Sunethra who heroically saves her Tamil tenants when the mob comes to claim them or Mala who moulds her own story ironically freed from the constraints of respectability because of her dark colour Even though both Yasodhara and Saraswathi are hued as the protagonists it is these litany of women characters from the hunchbacked Alice to the rebellious and beautiful Lanka to the shy Luxmi who create the myriad images on the silver backed landscape of these two main characters giving them both the depth and the reflective surfaces of their selvesIt is an unapologetically female novel and there is a marked absence of refreshingly so prominent male characters overturning the very common assumption of War novels being intrinsically male and women in these just play the part of spectators or worse as reduced to the roles of waiting in the proverbial interim room of reflected glory of their male counterparts The finale does leave you wanting for in its predictability and staccato nature but then again life does have an uncanny way of ending with a whimper rightWhen I met Nayomi during a seminar at my workplace and was talking to her about her book she told me how difficult it was to get it published as most of the American publishers dished it saying a woman shouldn't write war novels well not in these exact words but in similar attitude at least I didn't understand the comment then But after reading her novel I think I do Nayomi's novel doesn't talk of war as a moment etched in history viewed through the comfortable lens of the common good It doesn't try and justify war as the means to an end or criticize it in a noble scholastic sort of way Instead it tell you a story of recklessness horror misguided truths and hypocritical stances it narrates to you the stories that everyone knows but nobody talks about much like the spoiling of Saraswathi's friend It creeps into you in the dead of the night and takes you by force and while you writhe and try and free yourself of its sweat and grime it opens you up thrusts itself into you and breaks you leaving the stink of its existence deep within you much longer after it had gone

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Island of a Thousand Mirrors a Thousand MOBI #244 follows the fate of two families one Tamil one Sinhala as they straddle opposite sides of. Some books just by the nature of the subject and content are so incredibly hard to read This was one such book Portraying two families caught up in the violence of Sri Lanka one family leaves and goes to the United States one family stays in what they consider their homeDid not know very much about this subject before I started reading this book but now know much That doesn't mean I understand it I don;t think I will ever understand how one group of people can decide they are better than another but it just keeps happening The first part of the book is used to acuaint the reader with the beginning tensions in the country and to let the reader forge a personal relationship with some of the characters The bewilderment of the family in the United States their first glimpses of America and of course the culture shock and the struggle to fit in is brilliantly related I really enjoyed that part and it rang so trueThe second part shows the full horror of the Tamil Tigers the abuses perpetuated by both sides and shows the violence against women the hard cost to families and the deaths and cruelty of many A very well written book about a hard subject I applaud the authors unbiased writing and that she took the time to show the reader the full cost of these hostilities on regular families just trying to live normal lives BravoARC from NetGalley

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Island of a Thousand MirrorsThe long and brutal Sri Lankan civil war Narrated by the eldest daughter of each family the story explores how each woman negotiates war Isl. I try to explain There are no martyrs here It is a war between eually corrupt forcesThis is Sri Lanka during the Civil War 1983 2009 but it could have been many countries and the Tamils and Sinhalese could have been numerous ethnic groups This is a story as old as time because we’ve always been fighting each other haven’t we Young boys have always perished for causes they barely understand; women have always been taken and broken In my arrogance I expected less from this pastel colored debut and I was proven wonderfully wrong There’s nothing fluffy about this novel it’s brutal beautiful and deeply affecting There’s the heartbreak of first love lost infidelity marriage breakdown miscarriage terrorism refugee isolation and war so much war There’s an undercurrent of anger in Munaweera’s narrative a tired fed up plea for this cycle to end She tells the story from the perspective of two girls from opposing ethnic groups whose tragic fates will mirror each other as will those thousand mirrors upon a thousand and unnamed people The sound of pure and absolute anguish breaking out from each of us who has paid a price to the demons of war A sound forged in the lungs of the mothers whose sons have died unnamed in the fields the fathers whose daughters have gone to fight A sound to make the war makers uake and flee like the ancient demons taking with them their weapons their land mines their silver tongued rhetoric their nationalism their martyrs and sacred Buddhist doctrines the whole pile of stinking bullshit