Isle of dreams

by Nalini de Sielvie



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/9/2010

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 304
ISBN : 9781452094205

About the Book

Intense and refreshingly original, Serendib-Isle of dreams is a sensitive, romantic tale portraying characters we can readily identify with. They share the same dreams, problems and aspirations we experience in our own quest for true love. Set amidst the political conflict which exploded in 1983, the story begins at a New Years Eve Ball in 2000 when beautiful but troubled Natalie Barclay meets devastatingly handsome Michael Vanderbilt at Mount Lavinia Hotel in Colombo. The scene is set for Natalie and Mike to fall in love immediately but Dusky scheming Renuka is determined to marry Mike and unleashes evil forces that threaten to destroy their new found happiness. Natalie escapes to Queensland, Australia to nurse her grief. This fascinating story catapults the reader into the exotic world of Serendib and left wanting to learn more of this beautiful island and its people. Descriptive passages, fresh imagery and quirky colloquial conversations or "Ceylonisms" endear the characters to the reader. The fast paced story captures and hurtles the reader on a breathless journey through plots and situations as varied and complex as a landscape  with light, shade and shadow filtering through the scenes.

About the Author

Nalini de Sielvie's stories resonate with powerful imagery and page flipping narrative. Award winning short story writer,  poet and artist,  Nalini's writing unfolds like a  painting with stunning visual effects. Nalini qualified as a journalist, commercial artist and pianist and her colourful background and experience of cultural diversity is strongly evident in her writing. Nalini's skill lies in breathing life to ordinary characters that readers either love or hate. Nalini has published seven books to date. Her writing appeals to young and old alike and she was commissioned to write the biography of a famous Italian tenor, Luigi Campeotto, published to wide acclaim in 2006 under the title "Is this your Caruso?" Nalini entered several literary competitions and her award winning stories and poems appear in several anthologies, newspapers and magazines.