Story-Wallah : Short Fiction from South Asian Writers
6 journalers for this copy...
I enjoyed The Perfection of Giving by Chitra Fernando who grew up in Sri Lanka until she moved to Australia in her late-20s. This story reminds me of the saying, "Watch out what you ask for, you might get it."
The story Pigs Can't Fly by Shyam Selvadurai (also from Sri Lanka until he was 19 and the editor of this compellation), considers how children are forced into roles, especially gender roles. I think it's true in most cultures, not just Sri Lanka. I particularly liked this passage, near the end: The large waves, impersonal and oblivious to my despair, threw themselves against the beach, their crests frothing and hissing. Soon I would have to turn around and go back to my grandparents' house, where Ammachi awaited me with her thinnest cane, the one that left deep impressions on the backs of our thighs, so deep that sometimes they had to be treated with gentian violet.
I'll be counting several stories from this book toward the Olympic Challenge - an attempt to read works by authors from all 202 countries that participate in the Summer Olympics. In particular, I plan to count it for Fiji, Sri Lanka, and Guyana.
An anthology like this is so helpful for both this Olympic Challenge and the 5-5-5 Challenge (to read 5 books from 5 different countries on each of the 5 continents), so I will be offering it as a ring or ray.
This book is being shared as a bookring.
- Journal the book as soon as you get it. Contact the next person in the list for their mailing address.
- When done, I'd like it if you take a minute to journal your impressions as well as note that you're sending the book on. I enjoy reading various people's feelings on books - we're bound to have different viewpoints!
- Yes, sometimes “life happens”. If you find yourself running behind or need to be skipped, etc., please PM me letting me know what’s up and we can work it out.
- I don't mind adding people to the ring ... just PM me if you want to join.
Participants (username /location/ shipping):
- Hobbit /US/international (originator)
- katyan / Finland / Europe if possible
- Piggeldy / Germany / international (Europe if possible)
- Sheepseeker /Germany/ international
- Amanida / UK / international
- Purple-lilly / Australia / Australia if possible < -- Here
- PRCS / Canada
- Charlenemartel / Canada
- shpriz1 / US / US if possible
- back to hobbit
So I thought this was quite an average collection of novels. But the best thing in it was the cultural perspection it gave to the reader, I really enjoyed "going back" to Asia & India & read things happening there. It was really nice, and finally, made the book worth reading for.
I'll also use these book for my Book from every country in the world-challenge, and choose even the same countries as hobbit, which are Fiji, Sri Lanka, and Guyana.
Thank you for sharing this book, it will head to Germany soon! :)
Edit, October 12th: For the Olympic Challenge, I picked stories from Singapore, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Fiji. I also started reading the story from Guyana, but it was quite hard to read this "spoken" English.
I'll count the Sri Lankan, the Tanzanian and the author from Bangladesh as my Olympic Challenge reads!
I read not only the sories from those countries, I read them all and found most of them quite entertaining, some I simply did not understand, but maybe this was a language problem... Monica Ali's story was one of the highlights, I'll definately read more of her.
Thanks for sharing this book with us, hobbit! It's already on its way to Amanida.
Some famous names on the front, looking forward to it.
I'll be sending off to Purple-lilly later this week, as soon as I can get to the post office.
Update 23/11: sent off to Purple-lilly today.