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  • Title: The Beach at Galle Road: Stories
  • Author: Joanna Luloff
  • ISBN: 9781565129214
  • Page: 408
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When rumors of civil war between the ruling Sinhalese and the Tamils in the northern sector of Sri Lanka reach those who live in the south, somehow it seems not to be happening in their own country At least not until Janaki s sister, Lakshmi now a refugee whose husband, a Tamil, has disappeared comes back to live with her family And when Sam, an American Peace Corps workWhen rumors of civil war between the ruling Sinhalese and the Tamils in the northern sector of Sri Lanka reach those who live in the south, somehow it seems not to be happening in their own country At least not until Janaki s sister, Lakshmi now a refugee whose husband, a Tamil, has disappeared comes back to live with her family And when Sam, an American Peace Corps worker who boards with Janaki s family, falls in love with one of his students, a young girl from the north, he, too, becomes acutely aware of the dangers that exist for any one who gets drawn into the conflict, however marginally Skillfully weaving together the stories of these and other intersecting lives, The Beach at Galle Road explores themes of memory and identity amid the consequences of the Sri Lankan civil war From different points of view, across generations and geographies, it pits the destructive power of war against the resilient power of family, individual will, and the act of storytelling itself.
    The Beach at Galle Road Stories When rumors of civil war between the ruling Sinhalese and the Tamils in the northern sector of Sri Lanka reach those who live in the south somehow it seems not to be happening in their own country At

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    1. I have not read anything set in Sri Lanka before, nor knew anything about the Civil War that raged in their country from 1983 to 2009 This novel does a wonderful job of highlighting the effects of this war, and on all different people from Peace Corp workers, to volunteers who teach, families in the South who are away from the main action and the people in the North who are directly impacted These linking stories are narrated each in a different voice and a different viewpoint, but always carryi [...]

    2. Wisdom, discernment, unity, and a surprising asymmetrical form Joanna is a former student and it s great to see her work getting such critical acclaim.

    3. This book had a very realistic set of characters.There was no black and white and the author did a great job at holding back her political views I found the concept of interconnected stories to be very clever and interesting This book had a large number of characters, from a middle aged Peace Corp worker to a Sri Lankan school girl,it had many perspectives So, you are bound to relate to someone.

    4. Excellent stories She depicts life in Sri Lanka beautifully, but also expresses what life in a war zone is like, especially for foreigners living at the edge of it, looking in.

    5. Imagine living in a place where children wade into a river to recover their mothers bodies as they float by.Where teenagers kill themselves by drinking lye.Where other desperate, homeless girls become suicide bombers.Where little brothers of 16 leave without a goodbye to join the rebel forces and return home only as ghostly visitors.That is the civil war torn Sri Lanka that former Peace Corps volunteer Luloff chronicles in her book debut, a connected series of stories about life, love, grace, fr [...]

    6. These 13 stories are set in Sri Lanka during that country s civil war that took place, I believe, in the 1990 s I admit to knowing nothing about Sri Lanka, let alone its civil war But war is war and there are universals that play out in this book And because it is civil war, it divides families and neighbors The stories reminded me of some that I heard from locals when I visited the countries that used to form Yugoslavia These stories are interconnected in that one or characters in one story sh [...]

    7. I was interested in this book because when we were in graduate school we had neighbors who were refugees from Sri Lanka They never talked much about the specifics, but we knew that they felt they could not go back We became friends through their little daughter who thought I looked like her Aunt and so she always called me Auntie.This collection of short stories is mostly about average families living in Sri Lanka and how their lives are torn apart by the war There are occasional stories about W [...]

    8. This book portrays in lush detail the world of Sri Lanka during the civil war, but may fall short of describing some of the violence Galle Road is a collection of short stories jumping between characters and crisscrossing the entire island nation, and all fronts of the war are covered However, there is never a breakout into full violence Instead, Luloff introduces characters on the brink of war, living in angst and fear of what may happen to them or their loved ones Both native and foreign persp [...]

    9. This is a beautiful, atmospheric collection of interconnected stories set in Sri Lanka I was inspired to request the book because I had a friend from a foreign service family who was born and raised all over Asia When I asked her what her favorite country was she said Sri Lanka without hesitation, even though the civil war was raging I knew almost nothing of the country besides seeing the movie The Terrorist, which I recommend This is not a book that propels you along, but each story grabs you i [...]

    10. wow I actually read this book twice in 2 weeks, because I didnt not see it coming until it was too late Reading it over again, with the knowledge of the ending, made the story that much heart wrenching Its quite valuable in the fact that it does point out a fact which most of us have ignored or forgotten in the genocide of 2009, but the war happened in Colombo and other places, not just Jafna and the north But, it is a story of lives, joined together, and the fall is devastating Its crazy and v [...]

    11. I find it interesting to read novels set in different places in the world This one contains a group of individual biographies of fictional characters set in Sri Lanka amid pressures of civil war Normally I don t tend to read what might be called collections of short stories, but I found this an interesting and captivating look at Luloff s characters The last characters are somewhat tragic, but the message is clear and revenge can be somewhat sweet in its own way.This book was a copy sent by the [...]

    12. A collection of short stories woven together with a common character, sometimes a few , The Beach at Galle Road gives voice to experiences in Sri Lanka during its civil war Melancholy and madness hang over many of the characters including the westerners there to teach and do aid work Perhaps the impact of the shifting people prevents you from becoming too attached to anyone as the book accelerates its pace toward its tragic end.

    13. Luloff is a great storyteller She weaves several stories of Sri Lankan families together that show the complexities of a country being torn by war The stories with international volunteers give us glimpses into the challenges, mixed emotions or intentions that may motivate individuals who go into countries torn by civil war.

    14. My Mom bought this book for me shortly after I came back from a trip to Sri Lanka She does a wonderful job of taking a minor character from one chapter, then making her the main character in the following chapter, then repeating the pattern Very creative but I still left wanting nce each character is never fully developed.

    15. This collection is outstanding I loved how we get to revisit different characters from various perspectives people pop in and out of each other s stories, sometimes never to be seen again, sometimes to return later where you least expect them There s a building sense of horror as the war, far away from some, eventually finds every character and changes her or him in some way.

    16. With a diverse cast of linked characters ranging from old and young, women and men, Sri Lankan and American Luloff shows us a side of Sri Lanka unique to her experience and insight as a Peace Corps volunteer in the late 1990s Luloff s beautiful prose and well wrought characters remind us of the universal truth behind the adage, what doesn t kill you makes you stronger.

    17. An excellent collection of short stories by a former Peace Corps volunteer to Sri Lanka Some stories concern volunteers, but the connected finals ones concern the tragic events of the war and are upsetting.

    18. I enjoyed this book immensely The latter third in particular is very moving, when the Sri Lankan characters move to the fore.

    19. I liked the first stories better than the last ones It would have helped had I known about the war in Sri Lanka.

    20. A well written, moving, sometimes funny, and ultimately pretty darn sad collection of loosely intertwined stories in Sri Lanka.

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