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.

Mighty funny.
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.
It is universally known that the railway is a watering hole for the mentally deficient Carl Muller on the railways in early 20th Century CeylonYakada Yaka which literally means Iron Demon is the name given by the locals to the loud coal fired trains that belched black smoke as they wound their way around 20th Century Ceylon The book is a continuation of Carl Muller s Burgher Trilogy and compared to the first Novel in the Series The Jam Fruit Tree Click for the Review , the novel is narrow in its focus and deals almost exclusively with the Burgher communities experience as part of the Ceylon Railway Service where they primarily served as engine drivers The experience of such communities tends to be neglected by other histories detailing the experiences of the Burgher Community where they nevertheless made a significant contribution to the de Yaka Is The Second Part Of The Burgher Trilogy That Began With The Jam Fruit TreeWhen The Conquering British Roll Out The First Railway Steam Driven Locomotive In Sri Lanka, It Causes Quite A Stir The Smoke Spewing, Banshee Wailing, Fearsome Black Thing Hisses Like A Thousand Cobras And The Villagers Declare That This Thing Is An Iron Demon A Yakada YakaThe Burghers Who Drive These Iron Demons Have A Penchant For Challenging Authority And Courting Trouble, Sometimes Just To Liven Things Up ↠´ Yakada Yaka (The Burgher Trilogy, Book 2) è Download by Æ Carl Muller In The Railway Outposts And So It Is That Sonnaboy And Meerwald Chase A Large Group Of Villagers All Across Anuradhapura, Mother Naked But Not Much Bothered By It, Ben Godlieb Conjures Up A Corpse In His Cowcatcher, Dickie Byrd Single Handedly Demolishes A Pentecostal Mission And Is Hailed As The Messiah Of The Railway Fraternity, And Basil Van Der Smaght Filches A Human Heart And Feeds It To The Nawalapitiya Railway Staff And To Cap It All, Sonnaboy Takes French Leave To Act In The Bridge On The River Kwai

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