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It is a personal story that parallels the larger movement of a country from a hopeful, young democracy to troubled island society. Naipaul, and Anton Chekhov. Reef explores the entwined lives of Mr. Salgado, an aristocratic marine biologist and student of sea movements and the disappearing reef, and his houseboy, Triton, who learns to polish silver until it shines like molten sun; to mix a love cake with ten eggs, creamed butter, and fresh cadju nuts; to marinate tiger prawns; and to steam parrot fish. Through these characters and the forty years of political disintegration their country endures, Gunesekera tells the tragic, sometimes comic, story of a lost paradise and a young man coming to terms with his destiny. The New Press is a nonprofit public-interest book publisher.

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It is a personal story that parallels the larger movement of a country from a hopeful, young democracy to troubled island society. Naipaul, and Anton Chekhov. Reef explores the entwined lives of Mr. Salgado, an aristocratic marine biologist and student of sea movements and the disappearing reef, and his houseboy, Triton, who learns to polish silver until it shines like molten sun; to mix a love cake with ten eggs, creamed butter, and fresh cadju nuts; to marinate tiger prawns; and to steam parrot fish.

Through these characters and the forty years of political disintegration their country endures, Gunesekera tells the tragic, sometimes comic, story of a lost paradise and a young man coming to terms with his destiny. The New Press is a nonprofit public-interest book publisher.

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Reef, by Romesh Gunesekera

T he month before the tsunami of Boxing Day , Romesh Gunesekera took his mother to visit the coast of Sri Lanka where he was born. Two years into a ceasefire between the government and separatist Tamil Tigers, there was optimism that decades of sectarian bloodshed were at an end. When news of the waves' devastation reached London, Gunesekera was floored by the "sickening sense of another disaster" setting the country back. In Gunesekera's Booker-shortlisted first novel, Reef , a marine biologist warned of the vulnerability of the island's protective coral reef, saying that "if the structure is destroyed, the sea will rush in". Driving down the coast road from the capital Colombo, Gunesekera had seen "heaps of coral, used to make cement. It's precisely those places," he says, "where the sea came straight in and demolished the houses.

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An extraordinarily accomplished mix of the sensual and the cerebral in beautifully detailed settings by a writer of great The simple pleasures of the domestic arts well done become the stuff of metaphor in this wise and poignant tale of loss, both political and personal, by Sri Lankan born Gunesekera short-listed for the Booker Prize in The setting is Sri Lanka, a place that some think was the original Eden, and as the story begins, life is still sweet and mostly tranquil. Eager to please and learn, Triton soon becomes the perfect servant and cook for Salgado, an affluent gentleman and scholar who studies local marine life, coral reefs in particular.

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Reef is a historical fiction novel written by Sri Lankan -born British author Romesh Gunesekera , first published by Granta Books in Salgado, a marine biologist obsessed with swamps and seafood, that he is oblivious to the political unrest threatening his country. It is Gunesekera's debut novel and second book, following his collection of short stories, Monkfish Moon. Triton is a young chef who was forced to leave his father's house to work for Mr. Ranjan Salgado, a marine biologist obsessed by swamps, sea movements, and a Sri Lankan island's disappearing reef. Almost immediately, thanks to his master's obsessions, Triton works hard to please him with his carefully prepared delicacies. But neither of them know that the political unrest threatening Sri Lanka will have a devastating influence on them, most significantly on Triton.

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