Wave

Kobo eBook available

read instantly on your Kobo or tablet.

buy the ebook now

Wave

by Sonali Deraniyagala

McClelland & Stewart | March 5, 2013 | Hardcover |

3.5 out of 5 rating. 8 Reviews
Not yet rated | write a review

 A brave, intimate, beautifully crafted memoir by a survivor of the tsunami that struck the Sri Lankan coast in 2004 and took her entire family.

On December 26, Boxing Day, Sonali Deraniyagala, her English husband, her parents, her two young sons, and a close friend were ending Christmas vacation at the seaside resort of Yala on the south coast of Sri Lanka when a wave suddenly overtook them. She was only to learn later that this was a tsunami that devastated coastlines through Southeast Asia. When the water began to encroach closer to their hotel, they began to run, but in an instant, water engulfed them, Sonali was separated from her family, and all was lost. Sonali Deraniyagala has written an extraordinarily honest, utterly engrossing account of the surreal tragedy of a devastating event that all at once ended her life as she knew it and her journey since in search of understanding and redemption. It is also a remarkable portrait of a young family''s life and what came before, with all the small moments and larger dreams that suddenly and irrevocably ended.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: March 5, 2013

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 077102536X

ISBN - 13: 9780771025365

Found in: Biography and Memoir

Out of stock Sorry, this item has sold out and may be re-stocked in the future.

Cart

All available formats:

Check store inventory (prices may vary)

Reviews

– More About This Product –

Wave

Wave

by Sonali Deraniyagala

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: March 5, 2013

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 077102536X

ISBN - 13: 9780771025365

From the Publisher

 A brave, intimate, beautifully crafted memoir by a survivor of the tsunami that struck the Sri Lankan coast in 2004 and took her entire family.

On December 26, Boxing Day, Sonali Deraniyagala, her English husband, her parents, her two young sons, and a close friend were ending Christmas vacation at the seaside resort of Yala on the south coast of Sri Lanka when a wave suddenly overtook them. She was only to learn later that this was a tsunami that devastated coastlines through Southeast Asia. When the water began to encroach closer to their hotel, they began to run, but in an instant, water engulfed them, Sonali was separated from her family, and all was lost. Sonali Deraniyagala has written an extraordinarily honest, utterly engrossing account of the surreal tragedy of a devastating event that all at once ended her life as she knew it and her journey since in search of understanding and redemption. It is also a remarkable portrait of a young family''s life and what came before, with all the small moments and larger dreams that suddenly and irrevocably ended.

About the Author

SONALI DERANIYAGALA teaches in the Department of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She is currently a visiting research scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University, New York, working on aspects of post-disaster economic recovery. The author lives in New York.

Editorial Reviews

“This is the most powerful and haunting book I’ve read in years…. In A Whaler’s Dictionary there’s the line, ‘Ishmael’s impossible task is to write about a world that falls outside the realm of experience.’ And what Sonali Deraniyagala has done, in this beautifully written book, is to similarly give us a portrait of an event and its after-effects that we have never experienced or witnessed. At the same time she has brought back to life in this stunning memoir all those she lost, so much so that we will never forget them or their lives.” —Michael Ondaatje    “An amazing, beautiful book.” —Joan Didion “ Wave , is a memoir for the ages – one of the saddest stories a human being could ever tell, told brilliantly, with devastating insight into the heart of love and death…. An eloquent monument to the deep human necessity of storytelling.” —John Barber, Globe and Mail "This is possibly the most moving book I have ever read about grief, but it is also a very, very fine book about love. . . . While in Wave love reveals itself by the bleak intensity of the pain of absolute, irreplaceable loss, it is in the end a love story, and a book about the importance of love.” — The Guardian (U.K.)   “ Wave contains solemn and essential truths. . . . We are in some way fortified for our own inevitable, if lesser, struggles. . . . In accurately describing h
read more read less
Item not added

This item is not available to order at this time.

See used copies from 00.00
  • My Gift List
  • My Wish List
  • Shopping Cart