ISBN 9789350295861,You Had Me At Hello

You Had Me At Hello


Avon Books



Avon Books

Publication Year 2012

ISBN 9789350295861

ISBN-10 9350295865


Number of Pages 320 Pages
Language (English)


Sam Kandy, born to low prospects in a Ceylon village in 1899, dies a hundred years later as the wealthy headman of the same village - a self-made shipping magnate and the father of sixteen, who's been married three times and widowed twice. Told in four parts, this enthralling novel traces Sam's story from his boyhood - when his parents, convinced by his horoscope that he'd be a blight upon the family, abandoned him at the gates of a distant temple - through to his dramatic escape from the temple, his daring journey across Ceylon to Australia and Singapore, and 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 set on a gorgeous, troubled island caught between tradition and modernity, Beggar's Feast establishes Boyagoda as a major voice in international literature. About the Author Writer, critic and scholar Randy Boyagoda is chairman of the Department of English at Ryerson University. He has written for a variety of publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Paris Review and Harper's Magazine. His debut novel, Governor of the Northern Province, was longlisted for the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize. He lives in Toronto with his wife and four daughters.