By Shyam Selvadurai
An evocative coming-of-age novel approximately transforming into up homosexual in Sri Lanka in the course of the Tamil-Sinhalese conflict—one of the country’s such a lot turbulent and lethal periods.
Arjie is “funny.”
The moment son of a privileged kin in Sri Lanka, he prefers staging make-believe marriage ceremony pageants together with his girl cousins to fighting balls with the opposite boys. whilst his mom and dad become aware of his blameless hobby, Arjie is compelled to desert his idyllic early life video games and undertake the inflexible principles of an grownup global. Bewildered by means of his incipient sexual awakening, mortified via the bloody Tamil-Sinhalese conflicts that threaten to rip aside his native land, Arjie painfully grows towards manhood and an knowing of his personal “different” identity.
Refreshing, uncooked, and poignant, Funny Boy is an exquisitely written, compassionate story of a boy’s coming-of-age that quietly confounds expectancies of affection, kinfolk, and state because it offers the robust message of staying actual to one’s self regardless of the obstacles.