October Reading Group The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam in Bath

Thursday 5th October 2017

  • Venue The Bookshop, The Paragon, Bath, BA1 5LS
  • Doors open 7pm
  • Start time 7.30pm
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Set during the civil war in Sri Lanka, this story will captivate you, cause you heartache and shed light on what it means to be human.

In the last months of the Sri Lankan Civil War, Dinesh’s world has contracted to an evacuee camp, where he measures his days by shells that fall like clockwork. Alienated from language, home, and family, he is brought back to life by an unexpected proposal from an old man in the camp: that he marry his daughter, Ganga. In the hours they spend together, Dinesh and Ganga attempt to awaken to one another, to reclaim their humanity.

Anuk Arudpragasam’s The Story of a Brief Marriage is a feat of stunning imaginative empathy, a meditation on the bare elements of human existence that give life its pulse and purpose, even in the face of atrocity.