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.
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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...Read Full Review of Beggar's Feast | See more reviews from NY Times
...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.Read Full Review of Beggar's Feast | See more reviews from Financial Times
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.Read Full Review of Beggar's Feast | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books
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...Read Full Review of Beggar's Feast | See more reviews from National Post arts
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