Apr 20, 2021
I giardini di Ceylon
Posted by Shyam Selvadurai Erica Mannucci

Set among the upper classes in the gracious, repressive world of 1920s Ceylon now Sri Lanka , Cinnamon Gardens by Shyam Selvadurai tells the intertwined stories of two extraordinary characters Annalukshmi is a strong willed young woman whose family is intent upon arranging a proper marriage for her, forcing her to question whether the independence she craves will doom heSet among the upper classes in the gracious, repressive world of 1920s Ceylon now Sri Lanka , Cinnamon Gardens by Shyam Selvadurai tells the intertwined stories of two extraordinary characters Annalukshmi is a strong willed young woman whose family is intent upon arranging a proper marriage for her, forcing her to question whether the independence she craves will doom her to a life without love and companionship Her uncle Balendran, respectably married, struggles to suppress his secret desire for men The sudden arrival of a former lover, however, threatens to destroy his carefully constructed world Both Annalukshmi and Balendran must determine if it is possible to pursue personal happiness without compromising the happiness of others And both must draw on hidden reserves to resist the pressures of society and, even crushing, the expectations they have placed on themselves.

  • Title: I giardini di Ceylon
  • Author: Shyam Selvadurai Erica Mannucci
  • ISBN: 9788842807711
  • Page: 225
  • Format: Paperback
  • I giardini di Ceylon Set among the upper classes in the gracious repressive world of s Ceylon now Sri Lanka Cinnamon Gardens by Shyam Selvadurai tells the intertwined stories of two extraordinary characters Annaluk

    Tea Jovanović

    Jeste da se malo slomi jezik dok se izgovori ime autora pravilno ajem Selvadurai , ali je ovaj kanadski autor zaista vredan pa nja Kod ans ga je objavila Laguna u sjajnom prevodu Jelene Staki Cejlon pre 100 godina Egzotika


    Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship

    For some reason I expected this to be a dense, literary sort of book, which it is not In fact it is light historical fiction, an easy and quick read that should appeal to the popular imagination I m surprised it s as little known as it is.In 1920s Sri Lanka then known as Ceylon , Annalukshmi is a young teacher, interested in career advancement than finding a suitable husband, to the chagrin of the upper class society to which she belongs Her uncle, Balendran, appears to be a respectable middle [...]


    Shannon (Giraffe Days)

    Sri Lanka in the 1920s was a British colony called Ceylon Already divided along caste and ethnic lines, the British encouraged the divide, raising up some natives to rule, in small ways, over others Annalukshmi Kandiah is the eldest daughter of Louisa, who came from one of the oldest Christian Tamil families but who eloped with Murugasu, a man who had gained notoriety in his village of Jaffna for beheading the Gods in the household shrine during a quarrel with his father, running away to Malaya, [...]


    Girish

    3.5 Stars Shyam Selvadurai s Cinnamon Gardens is a family drama set in 1920 s Ceylon which looks at themes such as feminism, homosexuality and infidelity through the value system of that time If you don t understand that the author makes no attempt to clarify in the story , the book seems anachronistic and pointless The two main protagonists are 40 year old Balendran and his niece Annalakshumi Balendran, married with kids and dominated by his father, carries the guilt of his inversion He abandon [...]


    Erastes

    I found this a fascinating read, partly because I had only just finished Burmese Days by George Orwell and the parallels are easy to see, even though it was obvious that they come from completely different directions Both books deal with the English Raj one in Burma, one in Ceylon but one is written from the point of view of the priviledged and ruling whites, whilst Cinnamon Gardens is written from the point of the view of the privileged native population of Ceylon.I knew next to nothing about C [...]


    Michael Armijo

    Purely Excellent for all one may learn retainThis novel did overly use one of my all time favorite words VERANDAH However, it s still worth taking the time to get lost in the authors world It took me to a new culture and another part of a dramatic world It s interesting how a world apart is really so much the same in any world There were two story lines about an uncle his niece that merged into one as if a masterpiece Each chapter began with a profound verse from the Tirukkarul I am utterly exci [...]


    Baklavahalva

    Ok, so Selvadurai ain t Vikram Seth And he s hitting you over the head with how Victorian the book he s writing is, even though it s set in 1920 s Ceylon And he s trying very hard to show you he knows and cares about women s, minorities , gay, and labor rights thankfully, he missed animal rights And he can t write a sex scene to save his life arousal as a euphemism is no better than quivering manhood, etc But for all its frothiness, the book was extremely enjoyable because Selvadurai knows how t [...]


    Neha

    Shyam Selvadurai does for Sri Lanka what Vikram Seth does for India He weaves in the social, political, cultural and historical events of an era into a family drama and presents to you the story of people and a country The book entwines many strong plots to make a well structured and well written story the marriage and search for suitable grooms, politics of the British on acknowledgement of universal franchise, freedom of Sri Lanka, ending era of rich landlords and emerging labour rights, clash [...]


    Anna

    This was so good Really about two characters, Annalukshmi and Balendran, at different stages of their lives, both learning how to control their own lives, mixed in with a larger conversation about universal franchisement It was interesting and I was really invested in them both finding a way to be at peace with themselves and their choices The other great thing about the novel was the sibling relationships, Annalukshmi and her sisters were really different but also formed a cohesive whole that w [...]


    Shalini

    Selvadurai has the rare ability to keep the reader hooked on to his narrative of a completely ordinary occurrence like child s play or a casual meeting of two parties His character descriptions are vivid and powerful in a way that you tend to quickly picture the facial features of a person or the colours of one s saree So easy to read as the story flows effortlessly, never failing to lose its charm One of the main characteristics of Selva s novels is his endings They are completely realistic His [...]


    Li Sian

    Five stars out of five to CINNAMON GARDENS, which has made a late bid for entry to my Top 5 list of best novels I ve read this year Mmmm I ve been rereading it it, because it was just so delightful to begin with, it addresses themes of race and gender and class and caste and colonialism in 1920s Ceylon, has the best protagonists, one of whom is queer, and has that easy solemn and solid and lyrical writing style that was enough to make me like it, but I hit a point halfway through the novel where [...]


    Sandhya

    Ever since I read Selvadurai s Funny Boy some years ago, I ve wanted to lay my hands on his second book, Cinnamon Gardens However, it was only recently that I got to it and having read it, I ll say that though it does not wholly match Funny Boy in its thematic significance or innocence, it still makes for easy, enjoyable and elegant reading a Selvadurai trademark by the way.Unlike Funny Boy, where words flow fast and furious into the pages, in Cinnamon Gardens, the language and style appear much [...]


    Mchaica

    Eis aqui uma obra que me encantou e cuja exist ncia, at do autor, era para mim totalmente desconhecida.De uma sensibilidade marcante, Selvadurai oferece nos um livro magn fico que nos emociona, que nos envolve numa teia de sentimentos arrebatadores e que, por fim, nos permite ver que a vida nem sempre o que queremos que seja, ou, se quiserem, que a vida d voltas e voltas levando nos por caminhos que nem sempre s o aquilo que desejamos.A escrita de Shyam poderosa, cativante, po tica dos tais que [...]


    Lauren

    Cinnamon Gardens is set in 1927 Colombo Sri Lanka in an elite section of the city The novel traces the lives of two relatives, Annalukshmi and Bala Annalukshmi is a bookish teacher who is the eldest of three daughters She is facing pressure to marry but she wishes to remain a teacher Unfortunately for Annalukshmi, having a career and marriage are mutually exclusive Bala is the son of a prominent Colombo citizen who is a closet homosexual When his former lover from London appears in Sri Lanka to [...]


    João Roque

    Um autor novo, Shylam Selvadurai, oriundo do actual Sri Lanka, descreve nos num livro Jardins de Canela os anos 20 do s culo passado, no antigo Ceil o, mostrando nos facetas pouco conhecidas de uma cultura muito rica, numa altura em que se come ava a questionar a soberania inglesa na regi o e tamb m as diferen as religiosas e sociais, quer do Ceil o, quer da India.Duas hist rias paralelas que se v o concentrando numa s , num enredo muito bem constru do e de interesse progressivo.


    Shane

    Great coverage on the history of Sri Lanka leading up to Independence The vantage point, like in Funny Boy is that of the gay male even though there is a raft of other characters, and while I appreciate that is the authors orientation, I would have prefered a balanced rendition Still, its a book I would recommend to anyone wanting to learn about the pre Independance conflicts of Sri Lanka there are some clues thrown in that point to the present conflict as well


    Anu

    When each chapter begins with a Tirukkural verse, you gotta read the book,right


    Joy

    I ve read Hungry Ghosts by Shyam Selvadurai and found it to be excellent I thought Cinnamon Gardens may have been the prequel seeing that Hungry Ghosts also features the area of Cinnamon Gardens at a later period in time In any case, Ceylon in 1920s is grappling with the issues of self governance, colonial rule, universal suffrage and labour unrest Annalukshmi is a young female teacher trying to decide what she wants in her future Her father in Malaya betroths her without her or her mother s con [...]


    Pranietha

    I now have a new favorite author in Shyam Selvadurai Shyam s writing draws you in and lays bare every character s secret, intimacy, and torment Shyam s book is about the politics of power, race, class, caste, and gender in the 1920s of Sri Lanka and it is no different from the politics of today His characters continue to be oppressed one of them trying to be normal where people do not understand homosexuality, and the other going through the upheaval of hoping he is the right one to losing that [...]


    Keda

    This is an amazing portrait of Colombo, Sri Lanka in the 1920s It looks at the way social change comes slowly in a very traditional conservative society After reading it, and meeting Shyam in Sri Lanka at the Galle Literary Festival, I now want to get my hands on everything he has written Sorry, that doesn t tell anyone much about the book but it s kind of hard to pin down Compassionate character portraits, careful research, storytelling with a gentle pace to match the time and place of the sett [...]


    Pedro Picapiedra

    Libro muy entretenido que me ha servido para intentar entender el mundo del colonialismo sus ltimos estertores desde el punto de vista de las colonias Me ha recordado a los best seller de Ken Follet, donde el autor toma como protagonistas a personajes excepcionales de mentalidad m s progresista que la sociedad en la que viven y que facilitan al lector del siglo XXI el empatizar con ellos Personalmente valoro que el autor no cierre el libro con un final feliz t pico y deje a sus personajes al ini [...]


    Ana Raquel

    No in cio do livro, a leitura processa se de forma mais lenta, e isto deve se ao facto de o autor ser demasiado descritivo Contudo depois de conhecermos as personagens, dif cil de o deixar de ler A a o deste romance desenrola se nos anos 20 do s culo XX e como tal espelha temas abordados por outros escritores tais como Jane Austen, irm s Bront e Edward Morgan Forster.As personagens principais s o a Annaluksmi e Balendran Annaluksmi uma rapariga que almeja independ ncia de forma, a dedicar se sua [...]


    Linnéa

    I m a big sucker for historical fiction Call me a nerd, and I will promptly own up to it, I promise There are often times though when I pick up a book in this genre and it s not only embarrassingly cliche but it s also immaturely predictable Don t get me wrong, I understand that it s hard to write historical fiction, especially within a setting where actual historical events take place everyone knows what happens in the end, or less But this book was a really nice change I ve never read anythin [...]


    Iceman

    Eis aqui uma obra que me encantou e cuja exist ncia, at do autor, era para mim totalmente desconhecida.De uma sensibilidade marcante, Selvadurai oferece nos um livro magn fico que nos emociona, que nos envolve numa teia de sentimentos arrebatadores e que, por fim, nos permite ver que a vida nem sempre o que queremos que seja, ou, se quiserem, que a vida d voltas e voltas levando nos por caminhos que nem sempre s o aquilo que desejamos.A escrita de Shyam poderosa, cativante, po tica dos tais que [...]


    Malathie

    I found myself unable to distract from Cinnamon Gardens once I started reading it As I was proceeding page by page, contrary to my beliefs, I had been forced to realize by the book itself that, of all the three novels of Selavadurai including the award winning Funny Boy, Cinnamon Gardens is simply the best Not only the best of him but it should rather be considered one of the best ever write ups that discusses the old Ceylon under the British influence and the elite society emerged from the cent [...]


    Veena Singh

    I enjoyed reading this book, though i had high expectations but enjoyed it nonetheless.


    Kristin

    I enjoyed this book, particularly the poetic quality of the writer s style The book is largely about the inability of the two main character s, Annalukshmi and Balendran, to pursue their desires dreams due to the cultural expectations restrictions of their time Annalukshmi because she wants to pursue teaching, and women are not allowed to pursue both a career and be married at the same time And Balendran is gay, something inconceivable in 1920s Ceylon in uppercaste society where he is expected t [...]


    Madeline

    Is this a three or a four star book That s a ridiculous question I don t think that much of star ratings, except as a kind of mnemonic device and not even a particularly good one and yet I m trying to figure out what I think about the book, and I m sort of torn Selvadurai s prose doesn t impress me particularly, in fact I don t think very highly of it at all and it was a significant barrier to my appreciation, but I think ultimately Cinnamon Gardens talked me into liking it Liking the book, I me [...]


    Malini

    I am in a situation a lot like Annalukshmi So, I was immediately attracted to this book I guess a lot of things are similar even now, the pressure to get married, to be a good girl However, I was surprised to know that it is the same in Sri Lanka, which I thought was a freer society than India Shyam Selvadurai also talks about the issues of gay people in the subcontinent, which I do not think is any different even today So yes, it is kind of upsetting to know that we have made little progress.Th [...]


    Maria João

    8,5 de 10 Muito bom este livro Retrata uma cultura diferente e distante Ao nicio n o f cil de ler, porque os nomes e os locais s o estranhos e dif ceis de associar aos personagens, mas uma vez compreendido o enredo e as suas liga es, torna se num romance muito interessante.A hist ria passa se em Ceil o, mais propriamente na localidade de Colombo, em Cinnamon Gardens que d o t tulo ao livro A acompanhamos a vida de v rios ramos da familia por um lado, temos Balendran, que toda a sua vida viveu co [...]



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