[Pdf or kindle] River of Ink AUTHOR Paul M.M. Cooper


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  • River of Ink
  • Paul M.M. Cooper
  • en
  • 09 July 2018
  • 9781632860705

10 thoughts on “River of Ink

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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

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    January is too early to start proclaiming anything the 'best book of the year' right?Well obviously I can't say for sure but this very well might be'River of Ink' is historical fiction with the feel of epic fanta

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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 life you knew the life that you enjoyed and were comfortable in was stolen from you what w

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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 becomes part of the taleThe central strand of the narrative has all the elements one expects of an epic tale – an

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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

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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

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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 physic

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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 Lank

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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 turni

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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 copy of River of Ink Yes I bought a book this was not a free review galleyThe novel is fiction but the downfall

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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 land. 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 becomes part of the taleThe central strand of the narrative has all the elements one expects of an epic tale an evil king from afar Kerala brutally invades a calm unprepared kingdom in Sri Lanka where his cruel actions make him widely hated A poet apparently powerless a self described coward is forced by King Magha the conueror to translate into Tamil a Sanskrit epic the Shishupala Vadhapart of the Mahabarata This Magha thinks will bring glory to himself and demonstrate the superiority of his gods and culture over the SinhaleseAs he struggles to translate the epic Asanka finds himself giving the epic s demon king the features of King Magha first the heavy eyebrows then and detail until the poet loses all restraint and sets the king and his gods up for ridicule The background is full of fear as the King continues his brutal campaigns to wipe out resistance of any sort but the resistance grows fed in part by the translated epic copied and distributed throughout the kingdom by royal agents and having exactly the opposite effect to what the king wished for Raw material for Asanka s disrespectful rewriting of the Vadha appears mysteriously in his room as he is about to begin each section Written in a style very different from his own courtly poetic style these papers are written in a very special ink one Asanka cannot identify until near the end of the book The main narrative around the translation is interleaved with Asanka s own story his love for beautiful palace servant Saraswati and the sections that appear in Asanka s room telling irreverent versions of stories of the gods and heroes from the epic Gradually it becomes clear that poetry has power Though Asanka believes at first that poetry makes nothing happen his writing becomes purposeful as he transgresses further from convention and he begins to see the power of writing the river of inkCooper s writing is superb He manages his complex structure with skill and the image with which I am left is of a river delta of tales some branches sluggish some swift but all flowing smoothly to the same endHe lived for some time in Sri Lanka where he taught English and clearly enjoyed absorbing Sri Lankan history and cultureThe Financial Times A powerful and timely fable about freedom resistance and the secret might of the weak httpwwwindependentcoukarts ent

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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. 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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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. 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 the term mynah and of which the Sri Lankan hill mynah fairly probably the mynah that appears in the first sentence of Paul Cooper s debut novel River of Ink is now broadly understood to be a separate rather than sub species is widely known both for its own piercing insistent whistles trilling out in throngs from the treetops in the evenings in the mornings and for its ability to imitate other bird calls It actually doesn t do this in the wild apparently in captivity though they can capture almost anything Cellphones Drills Melodies Naturally human voices They re so dead on perfect that it s hard to escape the feeling that there s some kind of joke and the mynah is in on it and you are not Leave them alone and they sound like themselves Put them in a cage they throw your own voice back in your face River of Ink tells the story of Asanka a court poet in Sri Lanka conscripted by an invading monarch to translate a Sanskrit epic the Shishupala Vadha into Tamil Despite the scale of the events however the focus of the book is close tight That first sentence sets the tone Do you remember the mynah birds that used to live in the courtyard outside your room Actually not even the whole sentence the first three words Do you remember Characters chase memory through the novel trying to wrap their hands round one solid version of their history their past story of a love affair story of a conueror a people a country It doesn t work Memory plays tricks that may in fact be all memory does Fifteen years pass and you find a hole in a wall and everything you are everything that led up to that point shifts in colour and outline Even central than memory though is intimacy The whole novel exists within the frame of a direct address but it s uiet close almost whispered and again and again the story hinges on exactly these moments intimacy rejected desired broken made impossible not understood Everyone in the novel craves some kind of contact Asanka s two main drives apart from his for the most part impressive instinct for self preservation are his love for poetry and his love for Sarasi a servant girl in the palace he teaches to read For Sarasi poetry is resistance but it s also connection with history with Asanka and in a very physical way with her lost family Even Magha the conueror he says of Dayani the ueen he widows and subseuently forces to marry him I d prefer her to love me Threaded throughout the book is another direct address in the form of letters to Asanka written in the voices of characters from the Shishupala Vadha speaking from after death I am Shishupal I am Rukmi I am Ilvala I am Rukmini I am Krishna Asanka is scandalised even repelled by the blasphemy of writing as a figure from the epic but at the same time he can t resist the letters in a real way they come to save his life providing him with the means to authentically translate the poem by entering the minds of its characters Intimacy again but this is different this address doesn t begin with a you but with an I Asanka returns again and again to Auden s uote reiterated here as a Lankan proverb but can t seem to make it to the second half he s stuck at poetry makes nothing happen He is also very good at talking listening less so but what these letters the mad poet s ravings as he d have it at least try to teach him is the fundamental importance of after you hearing the I spoken back Magha can t do this not really which makes for one of the most affecting portraits in the book the utter loneliness inherent in power through control in denying one s vulnerability He s a man bereft of any closeness and that very lack prevents him from understanding it from understanding any human relationship on any basis but control Another intimacy outside and between the characters embedded in the text on which the novel thrives is its evocation of setting both place and time From the mynahs onwards every page teems with detail Asanka burning a fruit leaf to repel insects men throwing charmed white sand on the delicate rice shoots to keep the worms and flies away Magha speaking in a voice smooth as coconut water It s not just namechecking the wealth of concrete artefacts both in imagery and in observation are indispensable to the novel They move Polonnaruwa from being a backdrop into a character invested in the action one which suffers and heals resists survives speaks It is alive then but it is also text poems are written on palm leaf paper or carved into walls thrown into trees hidden under ferns or statues of the Buddha that seem less carved than grown out of the earth Even the ink coconut husks shellac bone Poetry can t be separated from the land because the land is literally in every word The details Asanka picks out are all alive right up to the end with an image of the kurinji flower in bloom which we learn at the close of the previous section happens only once every twelve years The word for this apparently is plietesial they bloom once they seed they die So the novel opens with birds and closes with flowers or it opens with flight his reminisces of his escape into poetry with Sarasi their dream of a life together the window when they could have run That was the moment to escape and closes with roots Twelve years is a long time although time is fluid here as Asanka says early on two weeks can pass like two years in Polonnaruwa so the wait for the bloom could be a lifetime or seconds Poetry has its own timeline anyway like a temple or a sea and also kind of like memory it s chained onto the past and yet every encounter creates a new now This the book suggests may be what makes it invincible it is at once intangible and unbreakable as mountains and it always has room for a joke you don t get Interestingly mynah birds aren t a strict natural grouping The name refers to any bird in the starling family in the Indian subcontinent partly due to the fact that said family Sturnidae came to that area on two separate occasions during their evolution Birds rather like language or plietesial flowers don t make much happen but they do have a strong tendency to survive


About the Author: Paul M.M. Cooper

Paul Cooper was born in South London and grew up in Cardiff Wales He was educated at the University of Warwick and the UEA and after graduating he left for Sri Lanka to work as an English teacher where he took time to explore the ruins both ancient and modern He has written for magazines websites and also worked as an archivist editor and journalistHe is on Twitter as PaulMMCooper