Funny Boy book review

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Book Review: Funny Boy A tremendously didactic tale that falls into an overflowing well of coming of age novels, Shyam Selvadurai’s Funny Boy is a matchless melting pot of an abundance of issues, the most focal of which are homosexuality and ethnic discrimination. Set in Sri Lanka during some years prior the anti-Tamil riots in Colombo of 1983, it is a perfect ground for narrative discussion of man’s identity that is racial as much as sexual. These two major themes flow through the novel in modest, quiet tones, spitting controversy through the smallest of gestures. The author writes a literary work of art that is peppered with humor starting with the early age of bride-bride games and ending with the inevitable flight from a tortured country. Selvadurai’s style contributes to the tremendous final product that describes the emotional stages of teenage years with the same gentle approach as with the descriptions of the innocence and sometimes cruelty that marks one’s childhood. He does this through
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This essay was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course GENG 239 taught by Professor Mookerjea-leonard during the Spring '08 term at James Madison University.

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