What a good read ... Ondaatje, author of The English Patient, writes this about his homeland - Sri Lanka. Very moving.
Although dark, difficult subject, an engrossing read. Excellent characterizations. Enlightening and heartbreaking at same time.
Takes place in Sri Lanka during modern times. A native woman returns after education in England and US. She is a forensic anthropologist with a quest to unlock the hidden past.
Like The English Patient, by the same author, this novel is a very intense story of a young woman caught up in the middle of a war--this one in Sri Lanka in the 1980s and 90s. I found it very moving, but there are some intense descriptions of atrocities.
Ondaatje writes of the unimagineable without preaching and with enough restraint to permit his reader to imagine what it would be like to live through such times. Wonderful.