Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, this thoughtful, entrancing tale of a Sinhalese houseboy’s maturation takes place in the early s, in the edenic calm before. Reef by Romesh Gunesekera. cubicle light went out. Then, as the stars brightened, I remembered a bay-fronted house six thousand miles away.” — from Reef. Romesh Gunesekera’s Reef manages to align and illustrate these two congruent ideas. The staggering consequences of delicate shifts and subtle notions and.

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Romesh Gunesekera’s Reef begins with the story’s narrator, Triton, filling up his tank at a petrol station in England. His back catalogue looks amazing. Triton is nostalgic for this time, yet he also guneskeera that he was naive and not truly mature or free.

In the last 15, 20 pages of the book especially, there are beautifully crafted, meaningful sentences about life and the human experience that saved the book a bit for me.

He is taken by his uncle to the house of the young bachelor Sanjan Salgado where he is to be employed as a lowly houseboy under the tyrannical rule of Joseph the head servant. His words conjured up adventurers from India north and south, the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British, each with their flotillas of disturbed hope and manic wanderlust.

Salgado but the now teen-age Triton as well. This page was last edited on 21 Augustat Very few contemporary novels combine at so high but natural a pitch qualities of epic strength and luminous intimacy. Its sweet, golden lightness begins her seduction.

Reef by Romesh Gunesekera

Nov 26, Zara Rahman rated it it was amazing. Instances of terrorist violence, too, rock the placidity of Mister Salgado’s household, a violence that not only in its occurrence but in its very nature is a harbinger of change. Perfume rose up from her, and when I moved in to spoon the potatoes on to her plate it seemed the reff was stronger. It was the first of many visits, and the gunesejera of a romance between the two.


An agreeable read, remind This is a short tale of a boytriton, growing up as a houseboy and cook in Sri Lanka, in the home of a British educated Mr Salgado, a dreamy marine biologist.

His master’s praise thrilled him as if it had come from “a channel cut from heaven to earth right through the petrified morass of all ref lives, releasing a blessing like water springing from a riverhead, from a god’s head.

Triton falls in love with her too of course, but only insofar as he is Mister Salgado’s heart; he cannot separate from the other man to become jealous, to desire his own relationship with Miss Nili, he only wants their love to succeed, and to that end woos both of them with ever more sumptuous food. Over perhaps ten years Triton becomes indispensable to Mister Salgado and when, some time in the 70s, mounting Tamil terrorism forces Mister Salgado into exile, there is no question but that Triton, by now attending to all of Mister Salgado’s domestic needs, will go with him.

For his fortunate readers, the book is incandescent. When finally reality gunesrkera into the two main characters’ lives, that’s when the novella got more interesting for me.

She was looking across the table. Often stories are not just stories.

‘Reef’ by Romesh Gunesekera – Reading Matters

Reef is the first novel I have read by Romesh Gunesekera, and it has been an absolute delight. Doing interesting list he evokes place so well I recommend his short stories monkfish moon.

In he was writer in residence at Somerset House. And then those very still guneseekra when the world would stop and only colour move like the blue breath of dawn lightening the sky, or the darkness of night misting the globe; a colour, a ray of curved light and nothing else. I can’t give this book more than three stars because of how unevenly I liked the first and the second half of the book.


But the delicate coral is also given its own life by Gunesekera A book like a warm breeze before rain. It may require cleanup to comply with Wikipedia’s content policies, particularly neutral point of view.

Reef Summary & Study Guide

I was a tad disappointed that he was made to easily disappear and Triton felt too simply, pleased at this. And the descriptions of the food! Now an adult bunesekera exile in London, the novel’s narrator remembers his Edenic childhood in Sri Lanka in the post-independence era of the ‘s, when at the age of 11 he became an apprentice houseboy for a marine biologist, Mr.

Salgado takes to drink. Salgado’s crusade to protect the reef and Nili’s attempts to save ree from despair, cannot preserve the innocence of his world.

This can be striking; his first visit to the ocean is described with amazement. Salgado I learned the reverse: Hence, I can’t give 5 stars. The first book I read of Romesh Gunasekara.

A strong flavor of Merchant and Ivory and “Masterpiece Theater. Email required Address never made public. And within its pace Gunesekera is able to make us understand something about the place he comes from, beyond its meticulously described locales, and far beyond gunesekeda distant politics.

And so Salgado will cross the ocean to find her because he had always been Nila’s lover. Salgado gives up his bachelor ways and invites Nili to move in.