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Elephant Complex
Author: John Gimlette

ISBN: 9781782067979
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 29 September 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 2.8
Description:
From Ceylon to the Tamil Tigers, from elephant sanctuaries to indigenous tribes, this is one of the first in-depth accounts of Sri Lanka, by an award-winning travel writer

Everyone has wanted a piece of paradise.

Sri Lanka is a small island with a long, violent and enthralling history. Home to thousands of wild elephants, this is a place where natural beauty has endured, indifferent to human tragedy.

Journeying through its many regions - some haunted by war, many rarely seen by our eyes - award-winning travel writer John Gimlette interviews ex-presidents and cricketers, tea planters and terrorists, negotiating the complex relationships of Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim communities and the more sinister forms of tourism.

Each city raises the ghosts of old colonies: Portuguese, Dutch and British armies striving to claim the most significant ports in the southern seas; each site resurrects a civilization that preceded, and sometimes, outfaced them. The political families of Colombo lead Gimlette through recent years of turmoil, survivors of the tsunami tell of their recovery a...

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