The Story of A Brief Marriage

The Story of A Brief Marriage

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"Very seldom in a reading life does a novel alter your sense not only of literature but of the world. This extraordinary debut is of that class." --Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You In the last months of the Sri Lankan Civil War, Dinesh's world has contracted to an evacuee camp, where he measures his days by shells that fall like clockwork. Alienated from language, home, and family, he is brought back to life by an unexpected proposal from an old man in the camp: that he marry his daughter, Ganga. In the hours they spend together, Dinesh and Ganga attempt to awaken to one another, to reclaim their humanity. Anuk Arudpragasam's The Story of a Brief Marriage is a feat of stunning imaginative empathy, a meditation on the bare elements of human existence that give life its pulse and purpose, even in the face of atrocity"--
Publisher: New York :, Flatiron Books,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250072405
Branch Call Number: FIC Arud
Characteristics: 193 pages

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mclarjh
Aug 28, 2017

The prose is deliberate, almost laborious. The diction and register of the protagonist don't match the circumstances. Doesn't seem believable or authentic.

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uncommonreader
Jun 29, 2017

This book is set in the last days of a civil war when the government troops have pushed the rebels to a small area along the coast. Although not explicitly stated, it is presumably the story of the Tamils. The story takes place over one night and one day in which a young man and a young woman, both of whom have lost everything, come together. Some parts of the book, although harrowing, are very well-written; other parts, which are mostly reflection, do not succeed as well. In the end, it is the story of dignity found in the midst of horror.

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