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1 SELVADURAI, Shyam Cinnamon Gardens : A novel. First Edition in dustjacket, signed.
McClelland and Stewart, Toronto, 1998, ISBN:0771079559 
SELVADURAI, Shyam. Cinnamon Gardens : A novel. (Toronto): McClelland and Stewart, (1998). First Printing. Pp. (10),3-389,(3). 8vo, purple cloth with silver titles to spine. "Lush and beautiful, this story of intertwined livesvividly evokes the gracious world of 1920s' Ceylon (Sri Lanka) among the u pper classes of Colombo's wealthy suburb, Cinnamon Gardens, during a periodwhen the power of colonial rule is shifting. During the course of one year , Annalukshmi, a young schoolteacher, finds herself caught between her family's pressures to marry and her own desire for a more independent life; a life she sees reflected in her mentor, Miss Lawton, a progressive headmistress -- a life, she discovers, that is fraught with complexities and danger and with rules that cannot be broken. Then there is Balendran, the obedient son of a domineering patriarch, a feudal aristocrat and landowner. Balendran -- whose story is brilliantly counterpointed with that of his niece Annalukshmi -- leads a comfortable existence with his wife, Sonia, until he learns that Richard Howland is to arrive in Colombo for the Donoughmore Commission hearings. This uneasy reunion with a lover from the past throws Balendran into turmoil and re-ignites tensions with his father as it threatens everything on which Balendran has built his present life. As the narrative unfolds and deepens, we meet a varied cast of characters, including: Louisa, Annalukshmi's mother, who, in the face of a failed marraige, struggles to raise her daughters alone; Vijith Jayaweera, a poor clerk with connections inthe Labour Union; Arul, Balendran's exiled brother; and the delightfully h igh-strung and meddlesome Philomena Barnett." - from the dustjacket. Very good in unclipped dustjacket. Signed without inscription by Selvadurai on the title page. 20.00

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2 SELVADURAI, Shyam Funny Boy : A Novel in Six Stories. uncorrected proof, signed.
McClelland and Stewart, 1994, 
SELVADURAI, Shyam. Funny Boy : A Novel in Six Stories. (Toronto: McClellandand Stewart, 1994). Uncorrected Proof copy. Pp 311. 8vo, card covers. Vg. Blurb decal to front cover. Inscribed and signed by author. 90.00

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3 SELVADURAI, Shyam Funny Boy. M&S edition, signed
McClelland and Stewart, Toronto, 1997, ISBN:0771079516 
SELVADURAI, Shyam. Funny Boy. (Toronto): McClelland and Stewart, (1997). First M&S Printing. Pp. (8),1-316,(4). 8vo, illustrated purple card covers with black spine. "In this remarkable debut novel, a boy's bittersweet passage to maturity and sexual awakening is set against escalating political tensions in Sri Lanka, during the seven years leading up to the 1983 riots. Arjie Chelvaratnam is a Tamil boy growing up in an extended family in Colombo.It is through his eyes that the story unfolds and we meet a delightful, so metimes eccentric cast of characters. Arjie's journey from the luminous simplicity of childhood days into the more intricately shaded worlds of adults-- with its secrets, its injustices, and its capacity for violence -- is a memorable one, as time and time again the true longings of the human heart are held against the way things are." - from the rear cover. Faint diagona l crease to front cover, else very good. Signed without inscription by Selvadurai on the title page. 15.00

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