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Mirage
Bandula Chandraratna
Adult Fiction CHANDRA

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This powerful first novel surfaced as a contender for the 1999 Booker Prize after being privately published by the author. Set in an unnamed Arab kingdom, it offers a compelling portrait of the affable, industrious Sayeed, who has migrated from his family's farm to the city. In clear, concise language, Sri Lankan-born Chandraratna describes this pious Muslim's daily life as a hospital porter enduring harsh urban realities. When Sayeed's family arranges his marriage, his life becomes even more challenging. Besides paying a dowry, Sayeed must help his new wife, the recently widowed Latifa, and her child adjust to squalid living conditions intensified by ardently religious neighbors troubled over the influx of Western customs. Just as the family begins to bond, several combustible factors ignite in a shocking, explosive conclusion to an otherwise simple, unassuming tale. Throughout, Chandraratna demonstrates a keen eye and considerable talent for sharing the most mundane minutiae without arresting his novel's naturalistic force. Highly recommended.-Faye A. Chadwell, Univ. of Oregon Libs., Eugene (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Sayeed
Male
Age: Young adult
Muslim
Left his father's farm to find work in the city.
Hospital employee

Latifa
Female
Age: Young adult
Muslim



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