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The lyrebird's cry / Samantha Sirimanne Hyde.

By: Publisher: [Denistone, NSW] : [Samantha Sirimanne Hyde], [2022]Copyright date: ©2022Description: 329 pages ; 22 cmContent type:
  • text
Media type:
  • unmediated
Carrier type:
  • volume
  • 9780645538601
Subject(s): DDC classification:
  • 23 294.3563
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A modern tale of self-discovery of a gay man trapped into an arranged marriage. The story unfolds mainly in Australia with a short stint in and numerous flashbacks to Sri Lanka. The novel delves into issues of gender, love, marriage, sexuality, identity and migration. It also focuses on exploring the main character's self-acceptance issues and the differences in the cultural perception of personal freedom in Sri Lanka and Australia.The title gives metaphoric resonance (apart from the intended word play) for not unlike the Australian lyrebird who mimics its surrounding sounds, the main character Jagath from a young age has been attempting to live a lie, trying to impersonate whatever and whoever his parents want him to be. Homophobia is still widespread in Sri Lanka despite it being a predominantly Buddhist country, which is starkly in conflict with its philosophy of unconditional loving kindness and tolerance towards all beings. 'The Lyrebird's Cry' explores the stifling conformity that is the cost of acceptance prevalent within some Asian families. Its aim is to encourage dialogue, to attempt to chip away at outmoded viewpoints and to foster inclusivity.

Item type Current library Collection Call number Status Date due Barcode
Book Book Buddhist Library and Meditation Centre General Stacks Fiction BFI 294.3 SIRI (Browse shelf(Opens below)) Available 2024-0023

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