Bringing tony home by tissa abeysekara

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bringing tony home by tissa abeysekara

Bringing Tony Home by Tissa Abeysekara

Set in the 1940s and 1960s, Bringing Tony Home is a masterful modern example of a timeless genre, the bildungsroman. In the title novella, a boy returns to his old home to find Tony, his beloved dog who was abandoned when economic circumstances forced the family to leave. “Bringing Tony Home” recounts this perilous journey in detail, movingly tracing the boy’s rescue attempts and his spiraling emotions as he endures changes occurring in his family. In “Elsewhere: Something Like a Love Story,” a young boy finds forbidden love with a schoolmate scorned for her poverty. “Elsewhere” continues their saga, touching on the bittersweet memories they share as adults, and on the woman’s increasingly precarious place in a society concerned only with status. The other stories, “Poor Young Man: A Requiem” and “Hark, The Moaning Pond: A Grandmother’s Tale,” delve into a young man’s relationship with his father as the latter’s fortunes fade, and into the now-mature man’s attempts to come to grips with the death of his grandmother and what she symbolized. Abeysekara’s ability to evoke the sights and sounds of another time and place, and his skill in rendering the inner lives of his characters, make Bringing Tony Home a remarkable read.
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Tribute to Dr Tissa Abeysekara - From movie 'Mahagedara' (1982)

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Set in the s and s, Bringing Tony Home is a masterful modern example of a timeless genre, the bildungsroman. In the title novella.
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We did a search for other books with a similar title, however there were no matches. You can try selecting from a similar category, click on the author's name, or use the search box above to find your book. Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! The title story follows a young boy whose family has recently suffered economic hardships and has just moved out of their home several miles away to a much smaller house, leaving the boy's beloved dog, Tony, behind. But the boy, devoted to his dog, returns to his old home on his own to find Tony and take him by foot to the family's new home. The story recounts the boy's near-tragic journey, and follows him as he observes the changes in his family as they adjust to their new surroundings.

Thank you! Impressions of youth—painful lessons learned, emotions intensely experienced and adulthood broached—are reconsidered from the perspective of maturity in these long, sensuously detailed fictions. The boy made a heroic attempt to rescue his pet but fell ill in the process, and Tony disappeared. Later, he found Tony again, but only to take a heart-wrenching farewell. Returning after 46 years, the director finds the scenery altered, yet alive with memory and a sense of melancholy. The narrator looks back wistfully in the other stories as well. A sophisticated jigsaw of a book, sensitively—sometimes stiflingly—mixing memory and history with regret and rites of passage.

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