Paradise Revisited by Shane JosephParadise Revisited by Shane Joseph

Paradise Revisited

byShane Joseph

Paperback | September 15, 2013

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Shane Joseph revisits his favourite haunt: the in-between world of the immigrant, where the past is unresolved and the present is incomplete. His characters are damaged, trying to make sense out of their lives, often having to journey back in time and place to find answers. Bandu bilks tourists for a living; Jamie loses love and home to exile; Mark meets the woman claiming to be his daughter and is forced to face the ghosts of those he betrayed; Ralph hunts down his crippled uncle to learn the art of survival; Paul becomes a best-selling author after a life-altering event as a boy in a hill country tea estate; Rohit is propelled to international fame by his arms-dealing father who manipulates him from the grave; and Ben plunges towards the supreme sacrifice by leaving New York and returning to make a contribution of conscience in his war-torn home country. The men are spurred on by powerful women in their lives-mothers, daughters, sisters, teachers, lovers and wives-women who act at motivators, detractors and inspirers.Moving between Sri Lanka and North America, these seven stories deal with the various stages of the immigrant journey. There are no happy endings, just soul-enriching ones, as each protagonist seeks his destiny while gaining valuable insights along the way.
Title:Paradise RevisitedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:230 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.52 inPublished:September 15, 2013Publisher:Blue Denim Press IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0988147882

ISBN - 13:9780988147881

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Visiting Sri Lanka A very interesting look into Sri Lanka. This book is hard to put down and the end is a shock. I recommended it as an absorbing read.
Date published: 2014-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tracing the Psychological Landscape of the Immigrant In Paradise Revisited, Shane Joseph returns to the psychological landscape he knows so well – the never-quite-home world of the immigrant. These seven stories trace the journeys, literal and figurative, of displaced men trying to find their way out of emotional and spiritual exile. They do battle with the ghosts of their past and of their war-torn homeland as they seek a place to sink their roots. Shane powerfully evokes the ethnic diversity of Sri Lanka and the waves of civil war that rippled through it. His characters often take flight to North America but are drawn back to their homeland by gravitational forces they cannot escape. “… which direction shall we walk – uphill, or down?” His protagonists constantly struggle with this metaphorical question. The answers they find may not satisfy them – but they make for engaging reading!
Date published: 2013-12-03