The Elephant Gates

The Elephant Gates

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The Elephant Gates is a recollection of the simple pleasures of childhood caught up in an inevitable tide of change. With vivid and touching detail, it recalls Weeratungea€™s life, home, and family in her native village of Depanama on the island of Sri Lanka. Weeratungea€™s memories reveal a yearning for past times when traditions like celebrating the New Year or a Full Moon Day, still endured. Her poignant reminiscences evoke compassion for a misunderstood vagrant and a captive elephant, and curiosity for the appearance of the Pot-Bellied Merchant and Uncle Robert the Capitalist. She celebrates everyday heroes like the Coconut-Plucker, the Cook of Sweet Meats, and the Buffalo-Herdsman. With delicate diplomacy, cultural change is signaled by events such as the abandoning of the firewood hearth and the arrival of the television. These intricately woven stories are told with an engaging voice and graceful prose. Time, as it often does, has softened the edges and imparted a gentle humor in each vignette, whether in describing a rice harvest or sharing a game of checkers on the veranda. Ultimately, The Elephant Gates reaffirms our innate affinity for home, family, and the need to belong.Loud floral patterns in bright bold colors were popular among the women who wore cloth and jacket: Village women wore well-fitting short-cropped jackets with ... Soon the staccato buzz of the sewing machine in the front room filled the house .

Title:The Elephant Gates
Author: Chamalee Weeratunge
Publisher:Greenleaf Book Group - 2014-08-19

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