Ashok Ferrey / May 31, 2020

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  • Title: Serendipity
  • Author: Ashok Ferrey
  • ISBN: 9789559981916
  • Page: 304
  • Format: Paperback
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      • Ashok Ferrey

        Ashok Ferrey Sri Lanka Born in Colombo, raised in East Africa, educated at a Benedictine monastery in the wilds of Sussex, Ferrey read Pure Maths at Christ Church Oxford, ending up naturally in Brixton, converting Victorian houses during the Thatcher Years.He describes himself as a failed builder, indifferent mathematician, barman and personal trainer to the rich and infamous Ferrey s Colpetty People was short listed for the Gratiaen Prize in 2003.His second book The Good Little Ceylonese Girl was published in December 2006 Today Ferrey continues to design houses, and is a guest lecturer at the Sri Lanka Institute of Architecture.


    1. By Ashok Ferrey. Grade: B+Serendipity (noun) – the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for; a natural gift for making useful discoveries by accident.Written in the last months of the Sri Lankan civil war, Serendipity is a valuable appraisal of contemporary history as well as a good read.Shifting between London and Sri Lanka and set in the 1980s, when the twenty- six-year civil war in Sri Lanka had only just begun, Serendipity is part satire, part thriller, [...]

    2. When I first picked up this book, I but naturally assumed that as the title suggests ‘Serendipity’ would be all about chance happenings; little did I know that my misconception was soon to be countered.As per habit, I casually flipped the book over to read the synopsis, and there it was in the first paragraph itself… “Shifting between London and Sri Lanka and set in the 1980’s, when the twenty-six year civil war had only just begun, Serendipity is part satire, part thriller, part comed [...]

    3. Ashok using his talent to the maximum keeps the reader entertained until the last chapter. His brilliant use of satire to ridicule and belittle the so-called egoistic Sri Lankans makes upto his somewhat vague descriptions (mostly as the novel is short) of Sri Lankan society. Being a Sri Lankan myself, I understood that he has gone beyond the barriers set by all kinds of taboos and political persona. Though the twists and turns of the plot are not so smooth, he has been able to write a novel ever [...]

    4. Sri Lankan writers should consider a lot more important issues when they write novels about the country. I didn’t enjoy this book at ALL. I despised the over-descriptive nature and how the writer dealt with sexual fantasies of the characters. You can write better, thematic stories without having so many sex/romance/comedy linked plots.

    5. I wouldn't be surprised if you as a reader couldn't find yourself in "Serendipity", to be frank. The characters are so translucent and stereotyped to the point I just thought, it felt like he had spread his butter distastefully thin on his never-ending slices of characters.

    6. This was a painful read. The writer tries too hard to portray stereotypes. Far too many witticisms and they all fall flat.

    7. Different from other SL writers - don't get the impression that it's written by a SLkan, like generally do when reading other SL books.Funny, but at times tedious - repetitive humour.

    8. I didn't like the way the book flowed. It seemed like sexuality was a major deal. Put me off a bit that the characters seemed to always think about sex. Got tiring

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