The Ceaseless Chatter of Demons

The Ceaseless Chatter of Demons


"‘I was born ugly. That’s what my mother always said.’ So begins the story of young Sonny Mahadewala who lives a dual life: between his adoptive England where he lives in eccentric union with a privileged American, and the mixed bliss of the Mahadewala Walauwa, the big house on the mountain belonging to his father’s family in Kandy— the ancient capital of Sri Lanka—where he has both cachet and awful memories. For Sonny’s mother, a wonderfully maleficent anti-heroine, is convinced that demons possess this awfully ugly son of hers. Demons and the devil himself are the playing field of this book, whether seated in the draughty chapels of Oxford or roaming the Kandyan countryside and, through their clever interplay, they speak of larger horrors with able grace. Who is utterly good or utterly evil—and who, indeed, is the devil? "


296 Pages | ISBN13 9780143428657
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Ashok Ferrey
Ashok Ferrey
Ashok Ferrey has been many things: failed builder, indifferent mathematician, barman, and personal trainer to the rich and the infamous. He is also an author. Ashok’s first two books, Colpetty People and The Good Little Ceylonese Girl, were each shortlisted for Sri Lanka’s Gratiaen Award and his third, the novel Serendipity, was shortlisted for the State Literary Award of 2009. He currently hosts an arts programme on Sri Lankan national television, The Ashok Ferrey Show, and is guest lecturer at the Sri Lanka Institute of Architecture. He lives in Colombo with his wife, two kids and his cholesterol.
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