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  • Hörkassette
  • Verlag: Goose Lane Editions; Auflage: Abridged (September 1998)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0864922620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864922625
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 38,9 x 20,1 x 11,3 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.4 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (18 Kundenrezensionen)

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"Exquisitely written...superb" Independent "At first sight an innocently observed portrait of Tamil family life in seventies Sri Lanka, it metamorphosed into a lucid, serious piece of writing... Selvadurai's world is delightful, frightening, important and he describes it with touching clarity... His novel is a graceful and intelligent account of the random nature of growing up" Observer "A quiet masterpiece" Gay Times "The unadorned and simple prose has elegance and great sophistication. Moreover, Selvadurai has a genius for touching a nerve with a feather-light touch... A powerful and beautifully written novel" Literary Review

Synopsis

In the world of his large family, affluent Tamils living in Colombo, Arjie is an oddity, a 'funny boy' who prefers dressing as a girl to playing cricket with his brother. In "Funny Boy", we follow the life of the family through Arjie's eyes, as he comes to terms both with his own homosexuality and with the racism of the society in which he lives. In the north of Sri Lanka there is a war going on between the army and the Tamil Tigers, and gradually it begins to encroach on the family's comfortable life. Sporadic acts of violence flare into full scale riots and lead, ultimately, to tragedy. Written in clear, simple prose, Syam Selvadurai's first novel is masterly in its mingling of the personal and political.

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 4. Oktober 1999
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I read this book in one sitting, I just could not put it down. Funny Boy is one of the most wonderful books that I've ever read. The parallells between the raging war and homophobia were truly moving. To be honest, several times I had to put the book down because I began to weep. It is truly that moving. Please read it!!
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 5. November 1999
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I was lent this book from a friend and had no expectations. Wow. I couldn't put it down and have since purchased (but not yet read) Cinnamon Gardens. This book captures the experience of growing up gay and adds in the ethnic/historical horrors of a country at war with itself.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 2. Dezember 1999
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The most striking thing about this book is how the author could bring out Arjie's childhood experiences in such a charming and interesting manner.I finished the book in a few hours because I just could not lay it down once I started reading it.I loved it.
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Von John Rice am 25. April 2000
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Advertised as a book abour growing up gay in South Asia, Funny Boy actually says very little about being gay. There are hints in the early chapters as family members use the term "funny." Most of the book centers around family members, mainly the women, who experience the burdens of living in a society that does not yet respect a woman's development. Sri Lanka is also a society in which the Sinhalese majority terrifies the Tamil minority. It is against that background this story is played.
But the novel is not so much a development of plot as it is episodes or short stories about family members. Unfortunately each of these epidoes ends in sadness or tragedy, the ultimate ending being that of the displacement of the family to Canada after a brutal riot has destroyed the family's homes and killed the grandparents.
Selvadurai's portray of Arjie's awareness of being gay is sensitive and torturous. But it seems quite western. One wonders of that is the impact of British culture on this society.
It was a good book to read, but the episodic nature of it got boring.
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Life as seen through a young boy's eyes, Funny Boy, is narrated with an honesty that brings laughs and alternatively, immense sadness. Arjie, the protagonist in the story, captures the dilemma of growing up, and the struggle at times, to make meaning of the apparent contradictions in life as he comes to terms with understanding the issues of ethnic and sexual identity. Through him we re-discover our own journey through the vicissitudes of life and empathize with the innocence that once surrounded us all before accepting the harsh realities and cruelties of life. Shyam Selvadurai weaves his story through a backdrop of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka and a colorful range of characters - the gossipy aunts, the pecking order of cousins, the kindly grand-parents, the strict school principal, and the faceless mob - all of who evoke a range of emotions -smiles, annoyance, warmth and fear - as we nostalgically reminisce about these characters and situations from our own childhood. This is a well written and poignant book. I can't wait to get hold of the author's other book (Cinnamon Gardens).
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Von Ein Kunde am 6. Dezember 1999
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Life as seen through a young boy's eyes, Funny Boy, is narrated with an honesty that brings laughs and alternatively, immense sadness. Arjie, the protagonist in the story, captures the dilemma of growing up, and the struggle at times, to make meaning of the apparent contradictions in life as he comes to terms with understanding the issues of ethnic and sexual identity. Through him we re-discover our own journey through the vicissitudes of life and empathize with the innocence that once surrounded us all before accepting the harsh realities and cruelties of life. Shyam Selvadurai weaves his story through a backdrop of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka and a colorful range of characters - the gossipy aunts, the pecking order of cousins, the kindly grand-parents, the strict school principal, and the faceless mob - all of who evoke a range of emotions -smiles, annoyance, warmth and fear - as we nostalgically reminisce about these characters and situations from our own childhood. This is a well written and poignant book. I can't wait to get hold of the author's other book (Cinnamon Gardens).
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Von Ein Kunde am 7. Juni 1999
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Shyam Selvadurai's Funny Boy is a very well-written, entertaining novel that takes us through the journey of a confused, young boy, Arjie. Growing up in any society can be one of the toughest challenges for any child. Learning about who you are and where you belong in the world are lessons that may take a lifetime to resolve. As Arjie grows up in Sri Lanka, he learns of what the world has to offer for him. He discovers what it is that makes him happy and what things make him feel unhappy. Selvadurai introduces the reader to numerous fascinating characters who help shape Arjie's identity. These include Her Fatness, Radha Aunty, Black Tie and Shehan to name a few. Arjie's dissatisfaction with masculinity makes him learn of his own sexuality. Funny Boy isn't really about being gay, or becoming gay, it is more about growth and the struggles children go through to come full circle with their own identity.
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Von Ein Kunde am 8. Juni 1999
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Funny Boy, a first novel by a young Sri Lankan writer, Shyham Selvadurai, is remarkble stories that takes place in Sri Lanka. It depicts a passionate commitment to peace of Sri Lankan people in the 1980's riots while they are trapped in the walls of ethnic struggle, political problems, and family tradition for a long time. Basically, the stories display that the characters have no free will because they can not get married with the different ethnicity person. Radha,a secondary character in the novel, a Tamil girl, has a strong desire to be in love with Anil, a Sinhalese boy, but they can not fly out of the rope of family tradition and ethnic struggle. At the end, her family is forced to immigrate to Canada to avoid the punishment of ethnicity difference. The novel fascinates the readers that why can people judge their happiness on the others'pain?
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