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    River of Ink is a breathtakingly dazzling novel by Paul M M Cooper Located in Sri Lanka in the 13th century Cooper injects the country people climate culture flora and fauna with vibrantly alive lyrical prose and poetry exuisite imagery and sumptuous allegories The poet Asanka is a guilt ridden timid personality who is instructed by the cruel and despotic new ruler Magha to translate the ancient sanskrit epic the Shushupala Vadua

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    January is too early to start proclaiming anything the 'best book of the year' rightWell obviously I can't say for sure but this very well might be'River of Ink' is historical fiction with the feel of epic fantasy It's an ABSOLUTE MUST for any fan of Guy Gavriel Kay It's a shame that this isn't going to show u

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    In the blackness I was struggling through the briars of Lanka's dark forests I swam in the depths of the lotus pool and then it was a pool of ink then a river drenching my robes filling my lungs my eyes with its haunting smell If the

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    The central metaphor of the title could just as well be in the plural for flowing images appear throughout – of rivers rivulets of water blood and sweat as well as the ink with which the stories are written and which itself become

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    35I would have probably enjoyed this if I'd had the time and the will to read ituni lessons and other stuff aka the AnY fandom going crazy over important stuff kind of swallowed me I haven't really wanted to read after ACoLthis book was simply a case of it's not you it's me

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    ‘River of Ink’ is without a doubt one of the cleverest books I have ever read Not in a showy or flashy way but through its simplicity which speaks volumesI was drawn into Asanka’s story straight away Although not a period of time or a location that I am overly familiar with Paul M M Cooper did a fantastic job at setting out the scene

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    We first reviewed this book on our blog where we also talk to the author about Sri Lanka writing and research lovely physical book is just such a great opener to a good story Paul’s book has a striking cover an era appropriate stylus which he carefully researched for the period see below flowing ink turning turuoise The complementary colour to turuoise is the colour of blood and were they to be placed adjace

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    Actually 35 starsUsually Sri Lanka is not one of the countries I often visit in books That is why this one is certainly among the most special books I read this yearWhat I found especially exciting was to learn a little about Sri Lanka’s history and medieval customs which I had known next to nothing about and about the

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    Mynah birds are known for a lot of things one of which is probably success they’re an incredibly widespread group turning up in Africa the Americas the Pacific and obviously all across Southeast Asia Another is sound Specifically the common hill mynah – Gracula religiosa which is apparently the bird most often referred to by t

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    Writers and artists employ powerful tools that can shape how a society views itself its past and how it envisions its future They are often the front line of resistanceRiver of Ink by Paul M M Cooper came to my attention when the author followed me on Twitter I downloaded a sample of his book and enjoyed his writing and bought a co

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In thirteenth century Sri Lanka Asanka poet to the king lives a life of luxury enjoying courtly life and a sweet furtive love affair with a palace servant a village girl he is teaching to write But when Magha a prince from the mainland usurps the throne Asanka's role as court poet dramatically alters Magha is a cruel and calculating king and yet a lover of poetry and he commissions Asanka to translate a holy River January is too early to start proclaiming anything the best book of the year rightWell obviously I can t say for sure but this very well might be River of Ink is historical fiction with the feel of epic fantasy It s an ABSOLUTE MUST for any fan of Guy Gavriel Kay It s a shame that this isn t going to show up on fantasy lists just because it doesn t feature the alternate names overlay that Kay uses in his fiction But it s the exact same mix of history with a dash of the fantastic and features very similar themes homeland loyalty loveIn 13th century Sri Lanka an invader later to be known as Magha the Tyrant has seized power Under the new regime executions and bloody slaughter are daily events and no one from the lowliest farmer to the highest court official is safe The court poet Asanka lives in terror but is spared for now because Magha has a use for him he is ordered to make a translation of a famed epic poem The Shishupala Vadha from Sanskrit into Tamil Magha believes that this project will endear him to the populace but almost by accident the act of translation might become an act of seditionMeanwhile Asanka attempts to use his precarious protected status to procure safety for his beloved mistress Sarasai But will his favor only endanger her furtherAs befits a story deeply involved with a poet and poetry the language is lyrical and evocative For that alone it is a pleasure to read But beyond that the background is painstakingly researched and the setting brought vividly and believably to life And then above the setting the true strength of the story is the character study of Asanka his cowardice his passions his complex emotions and beautifully realized contradictions and the growth that he is led toIt s almost hard to believe that this is both a debut novel and that the author is so young the mastery of the writing craft feels strong and effortless and the portrayal of a character who is no longer young is wholly convincing ImpressiveMany thanks to Bloomsbury and NetGalley for the opportunity to read As always my opinions are solely my own

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River of Ink

Of ePUB #9734 Sanskrit epic into the Tamil language spoken by his recently acuired subjects The poem will be an olive branch a symbol of unity between the two culturesBut in different languages in different contexts meaning can become slippery First inadvertently then deliberately and dangerously Asanka's version of the epic centered on the killing of an unjust ruler inspires and arouses the oppressed people of the 35I would have probably enjoyed this if I d had the time and the will to read ituni lessons and other stuff aka the AnY fandom going crazy over important stuff kind of swallowed me I haven t really wanted to read after ACoLthis book was simply a case of it s not you it s me

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Land Asanka must juggle the capricious demands of a king with the growing demands of his own political consciousness and his heart if he wishes to survive and imagine a future with the woman he lovesThe first novel from a remarkable young writer River of Ink is a powerful historical tale set in the shadow of oppression one with deep allegorical resonances in any time celebrating the triumph of literature and love We first reviewed this book on our blog where we also talk to the author about Sri Lanka writing and research lovely physical book is just such a great opener to a good story Paul s book has a striking cover an era appropriate stylus which he carefully researched for the period see below flowing ink turning turuoise The complementary colour to turuoise is the colour of blood and were they to be placed adjacent to each other they would harmoniously balance That is why we chose to set the book cover against a blood red palm fringed background which really throws the book into sharp reliefBlood Already a veiled hint of what is to come in the bookSri Lanka of the 13th Century Kalingha Magha the ruthless despot arrives on Lanka s shores and deposes the presiding ruler changing the lives of all who live there including Asanka the court poet The book brims with mysticism and symbolism and opens with the twittering mynah birds in the city of Polonnaruwa these are birds are deemed to be brimming with happiness but as the story unfolds life is anything but happyAsanka is instructed by Magha to translate the ancient Sanskrit Shishupala Vadha with the intention that it will be circulated amongst the populace and have a civilising effect whilst aiding their subjugation But Asanka s love for Sarasi motivates him to insert subversive texts skilfully done Craftily Magha is depicted as the evil character The pen of course is mightier than the sword if you can write you can do anything The exotic location magically comes to life in the hands of this talented author the heat and dust the smells of old palm leaves on the roofs and the visual descriptions leave the reader reeling with colour smell and feel of a city whose place in Sri Lankan history dwindled from 1255 The author has clearly carried out extensive research into the period and into the life of a scribe he details the kinds of oils used dummala and kakuna oils to mix the inks for writing and that dried fruits skins were lit to keep evening insects awayThe uality of writing is elegant lyrical and well crafted full of mystical history lore and legend