I was wondering, what time period this book is set in and if that may have an affect on how the main character, Amith, thinks about gender roles and social expectations? It is interesting to think about how this socialization process is different in different cultures and as Jackie mentions, different time periods. However there has always been a part of me that has wanted to learn more, so this book may be a way to do that.
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The media has played a huge role in this, as the number of gay characters has dramatically risen in the last 15 years, so has the acceptance of homosexuality. Through exposure it is possible that more people living in South Asia will be able to self-identify as gay and therefore come out. The argument was that segregated societies foster homosocial bonding.
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Farah—Generally there are websites that help in pronouncing names in unfamiliar languages. Some are better than others, but it might help to try!
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I agree that it helps me picture and embrace a story if I can hear some of the rhythms and sounds in my head. You must be logged in to post a comment.
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When he was struggling to balance his increasing inner turmoil regarding his feelings for Niresh and discovering his sexuality with competing for an important part in the school play, I felt his anguish. His is a character easy to root for.
I enjoyed learning about Sri Lankan culture, the ways its traditional roots compared and contrasted with its westernization. The author's voice was just mesmerizing, putting me into an almost sedative state as I read this charming novel.
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Although life for Amrith in Sri Lanka seems rather uneventful and orderly, things change in a hurry when his male cousin arrives from Canada and Amrith finds himself completely enamored with his new visitor. The setting is Sri Lanka, , and it is the season of monsoons. Fourteen-year-old Amrith is caught up in the life of the cheerful, well-to-do household in which he is being raised by his vibrant Auntie Bundle and kindly Uncle Lucky. He tries not to think of his life before, when his doting mother was still alive.
Amrith's holiday plans seem unpromising: he wants to appear in his school's production of Othello and he is learning to type at Uncle Lucky's tropical fish business. Then, like an unexpected monsoon, his cousin arrives from Canada and Amrith's ordered life is storm-tossed. He finds himself falling in love with the Canadian boy. Othello, with its powerful theme of disastrous jealousy, is the backdrop to the drama in which Amrith finds himself immersed.
Shyam Selvadurai's brilliant novels, Funny Boy and Cinnamon Gardens, have garnered him international acclaim. In this, his first young adult novel, he explores first love with clarity, humor, and compassion. ISBN: Characteristics: 1 online resource.
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