Island of A Thousand Mirrors

Island of A Thousand Mirrors

Book - 2014
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Traces the experiences of two women on opposing sides of the Sri Lankan civil war who connect in unexpected ways when a Tamil aspiring teacher is arrested by soldiers and placed in the path of a young woman from a loving Sinhala family.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781250043931
125004393X
Branch Call Number: FIC MUNAWEERA, NAYOMI
Characteristics: 242 pages : map, genealogical table ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Island of 1,000 mirrors

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wmtlady
Jul 29, 2016

This amazing writer not only developes her two main characters, gives the reader a detailed, yet concise history of Sri Lanka, and involves the reader emotionally in the plot of her book, but she does so with words that go beyond the realistic and visual. I felt that I was actually there--all of my senses engages, my mind flooded with input and my heart torn.

multcolib_susannel Jan 26, 2016

Two families from two different cultures, raised in peace find out what it means when civil war comes to Sri Lanka.

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writermala
Sep 29, 2015

This book is set in beautiful Sri Lanka which is in the throes of a Civil War - between the Sinhalese and the Tamils. Civil war does not even begin to describe the horrors that this tiny nation faced. It is the description of the travails of ordinary people and ordinary families that portrays the true nature of the tragedy. The author has described the scenario perfectly and captured the essence of the South Asian habits for example when one of the characters says, "It is only in absence that the true weight of love is felt - a character who is describing an arranged marriage! A well-written book which is a must read.

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JaneRumbaugh
Dec 18, 2014

A disturbing look at the long war in Sri Lanka.

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becker
Sep 14, 2014

I found the beginning of this book to be uneventful but I stuck to it because I was enjoying the descriptions of the people and island life. The story becomes much more intense as it moves along, focusing on the impact of war on people's lives. This is a very serious little story.

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