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The Resource Suncatcher, Romesh Gunesekera

Suncatcher, Romesh Gunesekera

Label
Suncatcher
Title
Suncatcher
Statement of responsibility
Romesh Gunesekera
Title variation
Sun catcher
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
1964. Ceylon is on the brink of change. But Kairo is at a loose end. School is closed, the government is in disarray, the press is under threat and the religious right are flexing their muscles. Kairo's hard-working mother blows off steam at her cha-cha-cha classes; his Trotskyite father grumbles over the state of the nation between his secret punts on horse races in faraway England. All Kairo wants to do is hide in his room and flick through second-hand Westerns and superhero comics, or escape on his bicycle and daydream. Then he meets the magnetic teenage Jay, and his whole world is turned inside out. A budding naturalist and a born rebel, Jay keeps fish and traps birds for an aviary he is building in the garden of his grand home. The adults in Jay's life have no say in what he does or where he goes: he holds his beautiful, fragile mother in contempt, and his wealthy father seems fuelled by anger. But his Uncle Elvin, suave and worldly, is his encourager. As Jay guides Kairo from the realm of make believe into one of hunting-guns and fast cars and introduces him to a girl - Niromi - Kairo begins to understand the price of privilege and embarks on a journey of devastating consequence. Taut and luminous, graceful and wild, Suncatcher is a poignant coming-of-age novel about difficult friendships and sudden awakenings. Mesmerizingly it charts the loss of innocence and our recurring search for love - or consolation - bringing these extraordinary lives into our own
Summary
Set in post-independence Sri Lanka, a coming-of-age novel follows young Kairo as he discovers a world of privilege through his new friend, Jay, a budding naturalist and a born rebel, and embarks on a journey of devastating consequences.
Tone
Writing style
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10825635
Cataloging source
SALS
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gunesekera, Romesh
Dewey number
823.914
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Boys
  • Families
  • Friendship
  • Privilege (Social psychology)
  • Nineteen sixties
  • Sri Lanka
Target audience
adult
Label
Suncatcher, Romesh Gunesekera
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000066258264
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
312 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781526610379
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1120166414
Label
Suncatcher, Romesh Gunesekera
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000066258264
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
312 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781526610379
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1120166414

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