Swimming in the Monsoon Sea

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Tundra, Dec 4, 2012 - Young Adult Fiction - 280 pages
2 Reviews
Nominated for the Governor General's Literary Awards 2005, (Children's Literature, Text)


The setting is Sri Lanka, 1980, and it is the season of monsoons. Fourteen-year-old Amrith is caught up in the life of the cheerful, well-to-do household in which he is being raised by his vibrant Auntie Bundle and kindly Uncle Lucky. He tries not to think of his life “before,” when his doting mother was still alive. Amrith’s holiday plans seem unpromising: he wants to appear in his school’s production of Othello and he is learning to type at Uncle Lucky’s tropical fish business. Then, like an unexpected monsoon, his cousin arrives from Canada and Amrith’s ordered life is storm-tossed. He finds himself falling in love with the Canadian boy. Othello, with its powerful theme of disastrous jealousy, is the backdrop to the drama in which Amrith finds himself immersed.

Shyam Selvadurai’s brilliant novels, Funny Boy and Cinnamon Gardens, have garnered him international acclaim. In this, his first young adult novel, he explores first love with clarity, humor,
and compassion.
 

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SWIMMING IN THE MONSOON SEA

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Fourteen-year-old Amrith De Alwis is still dealing with the deaths of his parents eight years ago. He does so by not dwelling on their passing and is embarrassed by the annual remembrance enforced by ... Read full review

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User Review  - Poodlerat - LibraryThing

As usual, Shyam Selvadurai draws a wonderful portrait of Sri Lanka, this time of Colombo in August, 1980. Amrith is a very charming character, polite and intelligent. I’ve always enjoyed Shyam ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
14
Section 3
23
Section 4
32
Section 5
49
Section 6
69
Section 7
79
Section 8
93
Section 12
155
Section 13
168
Section 14
183
Section 15
198
Section 16
210
Section 17
218
Section 18
225
Section 19
240

Section 9
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Section 10
126
Section 11
138
Section 20
247
Section 21
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About the author (2012)

Shyam Selvadurai was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and came to Canada with his family at the age of nineteen. Funny Boy, his first novel, was published to immediate acclaim in 1994, was a national bestseller, and won the W. H. Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award. In the U.S., it was the winner of The Lambda Literary Award, and was named a Notable Book by the American Library Association. Cinnamon Gardens, his second novel, was shortlisted for the Trillium Award. It has been published in the U.S., the U.K., India, and numerous countries in Europe. He is the editor of Story-wallah! A Celebration of South Asian Fiction. Shyam Selvadurai lives in Toronto.

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