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Mahaweli Meadow
Author Valentine Perera
ISBN 1419639609
Publisher Valentine Perera
Pages 274
Size 224x150x16mm,PB
Weight 450
Our Price Rs. 700.00
Two personable undergraduates, Tony and Devika fall in love but face a dilemma - they come from different sides of the class divide. In a society and culture shaped by more than twenty centuries of oriental tradition, their passion goes against social convention. The setting is the University of Ceylon at the beautiful Peradeniya campus in the late 1950s. It is a time of transition as the country moves into a new era of political independence after more than four centuries of foreign rule. The narrative is enhanced by the comments of two unusual observers who chart the highs and lows of the course of true love. They are the 'house spirit' of Devika's ancestral home, and the 'river spirit' of the great Mahaweli which flows past the property as it wends its way round the hill capital, Kandy. This charming device adopted from ancient Asian folk tales casts a certain air of enchantment over what is a spirited contest of individual wills played out against a background of conflict generated by traditional social mores clashing with contemporary western inspired values. The intelligence, courage and determination of the heroine typifies the role of women in a country that gave the modern world its first democratically elected woman Prime Minister, a few years later. There is plenty of wit and humour spicing this polished rendering of a thoroughly entertaining story.



 

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