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The Hungry Ghosts
The Hungry Ghosts | Shyam Selvadurai
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In Buddhist myth, the dead may be reborn as "hungry ghosts"spirits with stomach so large they can never be fullif they have desired too much during their lives. It is the duty of the living relatives to free those doomed to this fate by doing kind deeds and creating good karma. In Shyam Selvadurais sweeping new novel, his first in more than a decade, he creates an unforgettable ghost, a powerful Sri Lankan matriarch whose wily ways, insatiable longing for land, houses, money and control, and tragic blindness to the human needs of those around her parallels the volatile political situation of her war-torn country. The novel centres around Shivan Rassiah, the beloved grandson, who is of mixed Tamil and Sinhalese lineage, and who alsoto his grandmothers dismaygrows from beautiful boy to striking gay man. As the novel opens in the present day, Shivan, now living in Canada, is preparing to travel back to Colombo, Sri Lanka, to rescue his elderly and ailing grandmother, to remove her from the homenow fallen into disrepairthat is her pride, and bring her to Toronto to live our her final days. But throughout the night and into the early morning hours of his departure, Shivan grapples with his own insatiable hunger and is haunted by unrelenting ghosts of his own creation. The Hungry Ghosts is a beautifully written, dazzling story of family, wealth and the long reach of the past. It shows how racial, political and sexual differences can tear apart both a country and the human heartnot just once, but many times, until the ghosts are fed and freed.
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It was so lovely to revisit this gorgeous, devastating book. Shivan Rassiah narrates this story of his life growing up in Sri Lanka, moving to Canada - the ties that bind him to his family and Sri Lanka that also separate and harm him. His queerness complicates his relationship with his already complicated grandmother and the trauma he experienced in Sri Lanka complicates his relationship with his Canadian boyfriend. Buddhism woven throughout

saresmoore This sounds great! 2y
Dianeham I love books about Sri Lanka. Thanks. 2y
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Reading and enjoying the view!

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Waiting for my flight to Sudbury. Enjoying snacks and reading!

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Curling up with this lovely book that I'm re-reading for my book club #queerbooks

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Re-reading this gorgeous book for my book club this month. 😍📚 #queerbooks

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