6 journalers for this copy...
From the author's website:
"A love story set in a spoiled paradise. It is told by Triton, who at the age of eleven goes to work as houseboy to Mister Salgado, a marine biologist obsessed by swamp, sea movements and the island’s disappearing reef. Triton learns to polish silver; to mix a love cake with ten eggs, creamed butter and fresh cashew nuts; and to steam the exotic parrot fish for his master’s lover. As Triton recounts his story, an extraordinary voice emerges: naive and knowing, fearful and brave, a boy becoming a man in a world on the brink of chaos. Published by Granta."
Journal Entry 2
Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Sunday, September 15, 2013
This was a very enjoyable read. There was something dreamlike in the atmosphere, and I could feel the hot humidity on my skin. Interesting characters, too. Recommended!
This book was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Guardian Fiction Prize and won the Yorkshire Post First Work Prize.
Tarna picked this from the Trophy Cabinet. Enjoy!
Journal Entry 3
Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
I was expecting to get a book yesterday but not from you — and certainly not three books at the same time. I'm sure I made a good choice when picking up Reef from Palkintokaappi (Finnish Forum Trophy Cabinet VBB). Actually, the book itself looks like a trophy. Thank you!
Journal Entry 4
Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Thursday, June 02, 2016
The book/author has earned its/his prizes. Also I was seduced by the atmosphere and pretty slow pace. Fell in love with the second part, Cook’s Joy
. Besides, Sri Lankan literature is quite extraordinary, at least in Finland. Apart from Romesh Gunesekera, I don’t think I could name any other Sri Lankan born authors than Michael Ondaatje – and he’s Canadian. Simply put, this book is delightful. Thank you so much for putting it in our Trophy cabinet, Annimanni!
With this book I’m participating, among some other challenges, so called Ammattihaaste
(occupational challenge). Triton starts his career as houseboy. He does all kind of subsidiary chores like taking master his tea and sweeping the steps. Later, after proving himself, he’s allowed to make tea. Then he becomes a real male servant and, basically, does everything, sees to the whole house. And he learns to cook and becomes quite an expert in it. He, for instance, cooks the perfect Christmas turkey even if he hasn’t ever had anything to do with turkeys. Romesh Gunesekera
at British Council Literature site Romesh Gunesekera
at Wikipedia Romesh Gunesekera
Journal Entry 5
Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Thursday, June 09, 2016
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Hoping it's still on your wihlist. Enjoy!
Journal Entry 6
Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Juu, kyllä tämä oli toiveissani. Apua, ihan valtavasti kiitoksia, Tarna! Hillerman-kuusikko ja päälle vielä toivelistakirjoja. Tämä paketti oli kyllä valtava ylläri ja ilahduttaa vielä pitkään!
Poimin Tarnan Palkintokaapista (VPK V) kirjoja ja tämä oli yksi tilalle laittamistani kirjoista. Jäi valitsematta loppukierroksella. Olen jo melkein lukenut...
Journal Entry 7
controlled release, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Monday, November 07, 2016
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Onneksi tuli oikea aika ja ruzena nappasi tämän. Postittajalla vaan vähän kesti. Hyviä lukuhetkiä!
Journal Entry 8
Vantaa, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Friday, November 11, 2016
Not much to add to the previous comments. The book is *simply* sympathetic. It is strictly focusing on the protagonist's point of view and making strides at an unhurried pace. Tasteful!
Journal Entry 9
Wishlist RABCK, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Monday, February 27, 2017
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Be my guest!
Journal Entry 10
Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Wednesday, March 01, 2017
Oh, a wishlist surprise! Thank you :)
Journal Entry 11
Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Friday, January 12, 2018
Enjoyed it, although I felt that it really got going towards the end & I would have liked to read more about protagonist's life as it was in the last chapter. But anyway, a very good book :)
(Helmet -lukuhaaste #23: kirjassa on mukana meri)
Journal Entry 12
-- Somewhere in Tampere / Jossain Tampereella in Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Sunday, February 04, 2018
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At the meet-up
Journal Entry 13
Pirkkala, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Sunday, February 04, 2018
Kahvila Ståhlbergin miittipöydästä. Lukuun! Saan tästä lisäksi Sri Lanka -kirjan Maailman maat -haasteeseen.
Journal Entry 14
Pirkkala, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Saturday, February 10, 2018
"It's not what you do every day, but the thoughts that you live with that matter."
"I was learning that human history is always a story of somebody's diaspora: a struggle between those who expel, repel or curtail—possess, divide and rule—and those who keep the flame alive from night to night, mouth to mouth, enlarging the world with each flick of a tongue."
I'd never heard of the book or the author before.
Put these three items together and you'll see what I just experienced: a true gem.