love love love it read and re read it a million times and it always makes me laugh It was a good book I started reading this before I read Under the Jam Fruit Tree but found no issue in following the book and its characters The book ends not important to the plot with the main characters leaving Sri Lanka for the UK which I suppose comes with the mass exodus of burghers during that period but fails to address this event with any great detail The ending seemed rushed and gave me little closure on what was otherwise a good book.
As vibrant and hilarious as The Jam Fruit Tree, but with a looser narrative structure This ribald, outrageous sequel reads like a collection of anecdotes about pre independence Sri Lankan railway life, whereas its predecessor was like a complete narrative centering on the von Blosses, a family of Burghers Eurasian Sri Lankans descended from the Dutch and Portuguese Exclamation marks pepper the narrative in overabundance, but it feels churlish to quibble over stylistic weaknesses when the novel is so alive with colourful occurrences and colloquialisms I do have some concerns about the characterisation of different ethnic divisions within the country the author clearly sympathises with the carefree, untameable Burghers than the Sinhalese or Tamil, w 3.
5 5 It s now tennish, the colony where I stay is dark and quiet as I sit before my PC thinking about the Von Bloss and his brood.
I think of all my anglo Indian friends from school and college and wonder are they hapy, contented.
Carl Muller is a teller of tales.
couldnt put this book down.
had me in splits all the time.
a big fan now.
plan to read the rest of his burgher trilogy there are apparently 5 books now.
and he has a series on sri lankan history much like the Alexander series by Valerio Massimo Manfredi.
got to give that a go too.
↠´ Yakada Yaka (The Burgher Trilogy, Book 2) ↠´ Hilarious A funny bawdy tale that allows us to glimpse the lives of the lower class Burghers of Colombo This is well worth a read to understand the intermingling of the Sri Lankan people.