Mosquito

by Roma Tearne | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0007233663 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingTanamowing of Hinckley, Leicestershire United Kingdom on 8/23/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by wingTanamowing from Hinckley, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Thursday, August 23, 2012
When author Theo Samarajeeva returns to his native Sri Lanka he is in search od inspiration in the lush landscape of a beautiful but increasingly war-torn land. Soon the widower finds friendship with a budding artist, sixteen-year-old Nulani. Gradually love blossoms between them - only to be torn apart when tensions in the troubled country erupt into violence.
How will they survive the terrible consequences? And what will the grief and horror they have endured mean for those around them?

Journal Entry 2 by wingTanamowing at Hinckley, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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This is an evocative, beautifully written tale of love and war set in Sri Lanka.

Journal Entry 3 by wingTanamowing at Mrs Bridges Tea Rooms in Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Released 7 yrs ago (4/23/2014 UTC) at Mrs Bridges Tea Rooms in Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom

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Taking to today's mini meet. If not picked up at the meet, this book will be released somewhere in Leicester.

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Journal Entry 4 by wingCross-patchwing at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Thank you, I am really looking forward to reading this novel. It sounds good!

Journal Entry 5 by wingCross-patchwing at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Why did it take me so long to get around to reading this thought provoking book? I am grateful for finding it on a Wishlist in the UK tag game. I ‘saw’ every scene.

Journal Entry 6 by wingCross-patchwing at Bookring/Bookray, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Canada on Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Released 2 yrs ago (4/2/2019 UTC) at Bookring/Bookray, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Canada

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Sending as part of the UK Wishlist tag. I hope you enjoy it.

Journal Entry 7 by 4evagreen at Furness Vale, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 03, 2019
Book arrived safely and was waiting for me when I in from work. Thanks for sharing I look forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 8 by 4evagreen at Furness Vale, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Thursday, February 18, 2021
In many respects I found that this wasn't an easy book to read. I found that I couldn't simply pick it up and put it down as I pleased but had to really immerse myself in it, to allow it get under my skin and to wash over me like a wave but it was worth the effort. I know that I should be disapproving of the relationship of Theo and Nulani,that I should be taking sides in the civil war but as all sides perpetrate acts of barbarism none of this seems to matter. Tearne doesn't make any judgements either.

I must admit that I have a real soft spot for post-colonial stories and this is certainly up there with the best ones that I've read, all the remarkable given that it was the author's first novel. Some may complain that the ending was a little fairy-tale like but after the reader has expended so much emotional energy anything else would have been just plain cruel IMHO.If you enjoy beautiful writing then I would heartily recommend it but expect to go on a roller-coaster of emotions.

Journal Entry 9 by 4evagreen at Buxton, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Monday, February 22, 2021

Released 1 mo ago (2/22/2021 UTC) at Buxton, Derbyshire United Kingdom

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Going out to hopefully make a new friend. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 10 by Apechild at York, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Thursday, February 25, 2021
Arrived in the post today from a UK bookmoocher - many thanks =)

Journal Entry 11 by Apechild at York, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Thursday, March 04, 2021
One of those books, once started I just ploughed through in a couple of days. Just couldn't stop. Sometimes it was just awful (the subject I mean) and heartbreaking but I had to keep going to find out what happened to everyone. The ending... well, the book needed some level of hope for the end and it isn't a twee happy ending as everyone comes out of this damaged, but in a little way the book kind of fizzled out towards the end. But then how do you draw a conclusion to all of this and leave a bit of hope standing?

Set in Sri Lanka during the civil war between the ruling Singalese and the Tamil Tigers, the book follows a number of characters. We have Theo, a guy in his mid forties who has moved back to his native Sri Lanka having lived in Europe for decades. Between that and his liberal views and artistic mind (he is a sucessful writer), despite his age he is intensely naive. He just doesn't get the tensions between the two factions and assumes everyone will be as mature and reasonable as himself - wrong, wrong, wrong as he learns to dire consequences. I think he's also very naive in a way when it comes to Nulani, who is only 17 when they meet. She's an inexperienced chld in other words and the seduction of her is well meant and honest, but at the same time, given her circumstances, is he on some level taking advantage? But they're both alone and suffering. Theo's European wife died, and he was devastated and moved back to his native country under some illusion that home is always best. Nulani's father was burned alive in riots when she was a child and she lives with her mother, who dotes on her brother "Lucky Jim" and ignores her. So maybe they do need each other. But perhaps the 10 year gap Tearne gives them neatly solves that problem.

We also follow Vikram, a teenager living in the same town on the coast. He is Tamil, and as a boy saw his entire family killed by the army (should add on this point that the attrocities committed in this book are committed by both sides - there are amazingly good people on both sides as well as utterly evil - and the end result is that it all seems an intense waste of time and contempt for human life) and he is taken and put in an orphanage and then adopted into Singalese community, where I don't think everyone realises he is of Tamil origins. As he had a brief stint as a child solider for the Tamils, he is easily recruited back into their guerilla warfare. It's heartbreaking to see the use of child soldiers, how it not only steals their childhood but their humanity. They seem to be emotionless. And disgusting, when you see the attack on the airport, how the kids are all sent to do it (most of them being killed) and the adults are hiding in the jungle out of harm's way. No wonder they have teams of such merciless, horrendous torturers... they're bred thus from childhood. And in the end, those used and abused children are just tossed away as one-use disposable trash.

Theo's house manager/cook/cleaner/friend (I don't know what title to give him as he does so much) Sugi... oh, dear old Sugi... is there to look after Theo and try to advise him against being too foolhardy - Sugi understanding the real dangers of society at that time. And he is such a faithful and loyal friend to both Theo and Nulani.

Theo has a friend Rohan, a painter, also Sri Lankan with a European wife, who lives in Colombo and eventually has to flee himself as it's not safe. I suppose it's worthwhile and interesting to show the years after escaping to safety, for although they're away from the civil war and threat to life, the attrocities they've seen follow them and torment them for years. Trying to rebuild a life with that is not easy.

Journal Entry 12 by Apechild at Stewart Island, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- New Zealand on Thursday, March 04, 2021

Released 1 mo ago (3/4/2021 UTC) at Stewart Island, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- New Zealand

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Posting out to a friend.

Journal Entry 13 by s0ma81 at Oban, Southland New Zealand on Sunday, March 28, 2021
Received in the mail. Next on my TBR list...

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