Relative Merits: A Personal Memoir of the Bandaranaike Family of Sri Lanka

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Hurst, 1986 - Sri Lanka - 270 pages
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Amusing And Pleasing Well Describe This Gentle Memoir Of The Bandaranaike Family Of 20Th Century Sri Lanka. Gooneratne`S Charming Narrative Recounts The Intertwined Lives Of An Aristocratic Sinhalese Family For Three Generations Amidst Its Mix Of Ancient And Modern Social Practices. Despite A Slightly Choppy Chronology, The Sharply Etched Figures Of Grandpa Felix, Uncle Bunny, And Mother Clearly Emerge As Highly Human Figures. Gooneratne Records With Some Nostalgia The Eventual Dispersal Of The Bandaranaikes In The Face Of Democratic Politics, Foreign Education, And World-Wide Travel. Condition Good.

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Amusing and pleasing well describe this gentle memoir of the Bandaranaike family of 20th-century Sri Lanka. Gooneratne's charming narrative recounts the intertwined lives of an aristocratic Sinhalese ... Read full review

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I borrowed this book but soon found it to be onerous, sonorous and too grand. Who would care to read such a mix of grand names and upper class anecdotage? Surely only the very snobbish would like to wallow in all that?
Gooneratne is a known Jane Austen aficionado. But she seems not to have fully assimilated her Austen, because in Austen there is a healthy balance due to the writer's unaffected wit. Yasmine Gooneratne's humour on the other hand sounds very affected indeed.


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