Monday, 5 May 2014

Brajesh's Review : Island of a Thousand Mirrors

Reading Nayomi Munaweera's, "Island of a Thousand Mirrors", which is set against the backdrop of the Tamil-Sinhala Lankan civil war, bought a great sense of melancholy to me.

I could almost feel the physical pain enter my body, through the pages, as I uncovered the horrors of civil war in my neighboring country.

The story is a fictional autobiography of two girls Yasodhara and Saraswathi, one Sinhalese - one Tamil.

The narrative is deeply personal and brought an unusual connection with the pain and story both. The book remains non-judgmental and leaves the reader with a feeling of futility towards any armed struggle, irrespective of ones ideological position. In the end only war is the sole winner as both sides lose.

The story of "Island of a Thousand Mirrors" moves swiftly from Sri-Lanka to US and back, while continuously pushing the story of Yasodhara forward. This book also touches on the trauma of displacement and emigration with a lot of sensitivity.

Rating : 3.5 / 5

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