Cinnamon Gardens

Cinnamon Gardens

Book - 1998
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Set in 1920s' Ceylon, during the turbulent closing days of colonial rule, this evocative story of intertwined lives takes us behind the fragrant gardens and polished surfaces of the elite who reside in a wealthy suburb of Colombo to reveal a world of splintered families, conflicted passions, and lives destroyed by class hatred. Annalukshmi, a spirited young schoolteacher, finds herself caught between her family's pressures to marry and her own desire for a more independent life. Then there is her uncle Balendran, whose comfortable life of privilege is rocked by the arrival of Richard, a lover from his past. Their uneasy reunion re-ignites tensions with Balendran's powerful father, and threatens all on which Balendran has built his present life. Sensual, perceptive, and wise,Cinnamon Gardensis a novel of exceptional achievement -- an exquisite tapestry of lives.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c1998
ISBN: 9780771079559
0771079559
Branch Call Number: FIC Selva 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 389 p

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Brookerbecks Nov 26, 2011

A griping story about passion and duty set in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) during the twenties at a time of political upheaval when nationalist forces and labour unions were on the rise. It examines homosexuality (called 'inversion' during the times portrayed) in the face of extreme hetrocentricity. I think it is a good book to show straight people the pain that many homosexuals experience though the book is about much more than that. I felt the true hero of the story was the servant whose duty followed his heart. It is a touching and engrossing story well worth reading.

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