Beggar's Feast by Randy Boyagoda

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As Sam’s tale spans the century...yet Dr. Boyagoda with this rush to cram so much life into his irascible and usually unlikeable character leaves the reader distanced and sometimes indifferent to his fate.
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Beggar's Feast is a novel about a man who lives in defiance of fate. Sam Kandy was born in 1889 to low prospects in a Ceylon village and died one hundred years later as the wealthy headman of the same village, a self-made shipping magnate, and father of sixteen, three times married and twice widowed. In four parts, this enthralling novel tells Sam's story from his boyhood—when his parents, convinced by his horoscope that he would be a blight upon the family, abandon him at the gates of a distant temple—through his dramatic escape from the temple and journey across Ceylon to Australia and Singapore, before his bold return to the Ceylon village he once called home. There he tries to win recognition for his success in the world—at any cost.

A novel about family, pride, and ambition, about what it takes for one man to make something out of nothing, set on a gorgeous, troubled island caught between tradition and modernity, Beggar's Feast establishes Boyagoda as a major voice in international literature.

 

About Randy Boyagoda

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New York Times reviewer RANDY BOYAGODA 's first novel, Governor of the Northern Province, was critically acclaimed and long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His writing has appeared in many publications including Harper's, The Walrus, National Post, and The Globe and Mail. He is a professor of American Studies at Ryerson University.
 
Published April 19, 2011 by Viking. 336 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Sara Wheeler on Dec 21 2012

This gleaming novel tells the story of a Ceylonese Odysseus born poor in 1899. Through his protagonist’s long and eventful life, Randy Boyagoda explores themes of shifting identity...

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Financial Times

Above average
Reviewed by Sam Leith on Jan 24 2014

...could do with being dialled down a bit. But there’s no question that this is a story of great ambition and complexity, with serious things to tell us about class, modernity and the death-struggle between destiny and desire.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by John L. Murphy, Ph.D. on Sep 25 2012

As Sam’s tale spans the century...yet Dr. Boyagoda with this rush to cram so much life into his irascible and usually unlikeable character leaves the reader distanced and sometimes indifferent to his fate.

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National Post arts

Below average
Reviewed by Philip Marchand on Jul 01 2011

Whether or not this narrative ultimately coheres, I have to admit I am not sure. Much patience is required to follow the erratic unfolding of events — but the language is also charged with vitality...

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