Funny Boy

Funny Boy

Book - 2015
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An evocative coming-of-age novel about growing up gay in Sri Lanka during the Tamil-Sinhalese conflict--one of the country's most turbulent and deadly periods.

Arjie is "funny."

The second son of a privileged family in Sri Lanka, he prefers staging make-believe wedding pageants with his female cousins to battling balls with the other boys. When his parents discover his innocent pastime, Arjie is forced to abandon his idyllic childhood games and adopt the rigid rules of an adult world. Bewildered by his incipient sexual awakening, mortified by the bloody Tamil-Sinhalese conflicts that threaten to tear apart his homeland, Arjie painfully grows toward manhood and an understanding of his own "different" identity.

Refreshing, raw, and poignant, Funny Boy is an exquisitely written, compassionate tale of a boy's coming-of-age that quietly confounds expectations of love, family, and country as it delivers the powerful message of staying true to one's self no matter the obstacles.

Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015
Edition: First William Morrow paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©1994
ISBN: 9780062392985
Branch Call Number: SELVADUR S
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 21 cm


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Gay. In the world of his large family, affluent Tamils living in Colombo, Arjie is an oddity, a 'funny boy' who prefers dressing as a girl to playing cricket with his brother. In FUNNY BOY we follow the life of the family through Arjie's eyes, as he comes to terms both with his own homo-sexuality... Read More »

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Nov 02, 2017

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PoMoLibrary Jul 30, 2015

From our 2015 #80DayRead Summer Reading Club traveler Mallee: A coming of age story set against the backdrop of Sri Lanka's ethnic cleansing regime.

K_ROK Aug 28, 2013

I love this book. The story is great, the characters are amazing and the writing is superb. A must read for anyone.

VaughanPLDaniela Jun 05, 2012

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Dec 25, 2011

Fantastic story and was so well written. I felt like I was there with the characters. I would highly recommend it!

teacupfaerie Sep 12, 2010

I met the author and thought he was amazing. The story is as well.


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