Monday, August 18, 2008
Mosquito by Roma Tearne
After writer Theo Samarajeeva loses his wife, he moves from England back to his home in Sri Lanka.
Just as his grief threatens to undo Theo, Nulani Mendis - a young artist - arrives on his veranda, and begins to draw him. After a time, Nulani’s presence starts to heal Theo, and their friendship blossoms into something more.
But the civil war in Sri Lanka steps in and interferes. And, the reader is drawn further into the story, wondering how Nulani and Theo’s newfound relationship could possibly survive.
I am absolutely amazed that this is the author’s first book! It is beautifully written with flowing prose and vivid description. From the first pages, I was drawn into the story, feeling the humidity, hearing the buzz of the mosquitos and the lap of the waves on the seashore, and seeing the jungle foliage. Ms. Tearne has made Sri Lanka and its people come to life on the pages.
I found it incredibly hard to put this book down, so immersed was I in the story. I will most likely reread it in the future, as its depth is sure to have kept certain things hidden until a later time.
I look forward to reading more by this author!